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Texas' loss highlights March weakness

Posted on: February 19, 2011 4:20 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2011 4:24 pm

Posted by Jeff Borzello

Despite Texas’ performance over the past several weeks, winning 11 in a row and playing the best basketball in the country, there were still concerns in the back of people’s minds.

Can Rick Barnes really coach this team to the Final Four?

The Longhorns have all the pieces – they play tremendous defense with lockdown one-on-one players and have a balanced offense led by All-American Jordan Hamilton.

But Rick Barnes manning the sidelines worried people looking at them as a potential national title pick.

Saturday’s game won’t do anything to dissuade the detractors.

Texas lost at Nebraska, 70-67, falling short late in the game after a furious comeback in the final two minutes. Brandon Richardson led the Cornhuskers with 15 points, icing the game in the final minute to preserve the win. Jordan Hamilton had 18 points for Texas.

The Longhorns are the third top-four team to lose this week, including the second in the past two hours. Pittsburgh dropped one at St. John’s earlier today, while Kansas was blown out at Kansas State earlier this week. With Ohio State traveling to Purdue tomorrow, we could see a brand-new No. 1 team come Monday. Will it be familiar face Duke? Or can San Diego State sneak in as the top team?

One thing we knew is that it won’t be Texas, and the Longhorns’ loss at Nebraska is also a prime reason why you can’t trust them in March. 

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Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: February 20, 2011 11:06 am

Texas' loss highlights March weakness

Some commentators feel that Rick Barnes is a great recruiter and because some of his teams have performed badly at times late in the season he must be a poor coach.  Given his record over 25 years, this is an unfair analysis.  With only one losing season, he has been very successful at Providence, Clemson, and now Texas.  Losing one game is no reason to bring up unfair comments.   

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2011 10:17 am

Texas' loss highlights March weakness

Go Big Red!  Great D! And to deny Texas the #1 spot, Fantastic!

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: February 20, 2011 8:33 am

Texas' loss highlights March weakness

Texas' biggest weakness is that their best three rebounders are 6 foot 7. That was never a secret. Nobody needed to exploit it. Nebraska has the biggest front court in the conference and one of the biggest in the league. You can't exploit their weakness of frontcourt size without having frontcourt size which most teams don't have guys big enough to dominate them. Texas got outrebounded in three of their four losses. They outrebounded Pittsburgh. Pitt won that game because they simply scored more points. Free throw shooting was a major problem last year and hasn't been a major issue this year because they have been blowing out teams so badly. They'll be fine. They have just as much of a chance at reaching the final four as any of the other top 10 teams do.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2011 11:51 pm

Texas' loss highlights March weakness

Hello People (specifically this writer) Thats why its called March Madness!

Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2011 9:24 pm

Texas' loss highlights March weakness

Is this supposed to be journalism?

You indicate some have a concern about Rick Barnes coaching abilities presenting themselves as the biggest weakness for Texas and then proceed to back this claim up with nothing.

What is the purpose of your comments? Awful. If you think he is a liability list the reasons why backed by facts or opinions from people who are qualified to comment from a basketball perspective.

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2011 9:05 pm

Texas' loss highlights March weakness

Not blaming this loss entirely on FT shooting, but its a problem for Texas. You can't consistently shoot 60% from the line and expect to win.

As far as packing the paint and forcing Texas to beat you outside, I hope teams in the dance do. Texas will eat them alive. You have to be on crack to think Hamilton is going to shoot 3-16 from the field every game.

When your All-American shoots that poorly and you still almost win a conference game on the road, that tells you how good this team is.

Just a bump in the road...

Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2011 8:43 pm

Texas' loss highlights March weakness

You guys are blaming the loss on Ft shooting ?... Did you watch the game without your burnt orange glasses on? Every tournament team from the first game on will do what NU did today- pack the paint and force the horns to beat them outside. Texas defense was also suspect today for sure. 

Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2011 8:39 pm

Texas' loss highlights March weakness

Well to answer your question: Syracuse, Wisconsin or any of the top echelons of the stronger conferences i.e. Big 10, ACC, Big East. Despite high preseason rankings, pollsters who vote for them to be seeded high every tournament Texas hasn't even been in a Championship game, ever!

Since: Apr 7, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2011 8:32 pm

Texas' loss highlights March weakness

This turkey writer never said why the Horns can't be trusted. LOL What a joke!! Doesn't he know anything about the competitive Big 12? I heard folks down here talking the tough game in Lincoln weeks ago.  So, you can't win'em all.  This is nothing like last years team. 

Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2011 8:27 pm

Texas' loss highlights March weakness

I'll take a stab at it.  Whether Texas makes it to the end?  I don't know but it will be less likely against any team that plays them the way Pitt, USC, UConn, and Nebraska played them, so far.  Just saying, you have to play the games to find out.

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