Bracket Bits: Quality wins eluding the Longhorns
Quality wins have largely eluded the Texas Longhorns, and the ensuing holes have created an NCAA tournament resume that today (Feb. 3) would generate a lot of bubble discussion.
The Longhorns’ current RPI (29), BPI (36) and KenPom (26) ratings are plenty good enough. Texas is also 5-4 away from Austin (road/neutral games), and has an overall schedule ranked No. 12 in the country. Everyone of the Longhorns’ seven losses has come to a quality opponent. In fact, Texas has not lost to a team that today would not be a projected at-large team in the NCAA Field of 68. So where’s the problem?
If you look at the other side of the ledger, Texas is 1-7 vs. Top 50 RPI teams and just 3-7 vs. the Top 100. The Longhorns’ best wins are West Virginia (home) and Iowa (Neutral). Unfortunately for UT, early wins against California and Connecticut haven’t held up well. And within the deep Big 12, Texas has limped to a 3-5 start.
With three of the Longhorns’ next four at home, it’s time to make a move. Two of those home games are against Texas Tech and TCU. Those are games UT really needs to win. The closing stretch includes road games at Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Kansas, and home dates with Iowa State, Baylor, and Kansas State.
The Big 12 offers plenty of opportunities – but wins won’t come easy, and to this point, Texas has missed on most of its high profile chances. That will need to change in the next month or there could be some nervous Longhorns on Selection Sunday.