It will be a grind for the HornsJanuary 12th, 2012 at 9:54 pm by Roger Wallace under Sports
Assuming Texas does not win their first ever Big 12 conference tournament in March, then they’re road to a 14th consecutive NCAA tournament bid will be as an at large team. Depending on the projection you pick, as of this week they were 10th seed by espn.com and not in the field by cbssports.com. That is based on a lot of guess work, the fact is Texas probably has to get to 19 or 20 regular season wins to feel good about their chances. That means going .500 in the Big 12′s new 18 game double round robin format. Based on their last two games, both wins at home over Oklahoma State and Texas A&M, its going to be a grind just about every night out. J’ Covan Brown is slowed by a nagging ankle injury that based on their schedule will have a hard time totally healing anytime soon unless Brown sits. Not only is he their best scorer, but he is one of the best down the stretch trying to hold a lead. That’s because of his ability to handle the ball, get to the foul line and most importantly, hit his free throws. Against Texas A&M he was 2-12 from the field but 10-10 from the line. After that they rely on all those freshman along with veteran big men Clint Chapman and Lexi Wangmene. Right now Julien Lewis looks to be the best shooter and scorer among the freshmen, but all of them have stepped up and led the team in scoring in at least one game.
Horns heading into a brutal stretch with games at Missouri and at Kansas State before coming home to Kansas on January 21st. Winning any one of those three would qualify as their best win of the season.