Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Big 12 Orientation, Week 9: UT-Austin Basketball.


UT-Au Basketball At-A-Glance:

  • Team Founded in 1906.
  • 1638-962 Overall Record.
  • 0 Natty Titles.
  • 3 Final Fours (1943, 1947, 2003).
  • 7 Elite Eight Appearances.
  • 10 Sweet Sixteen Appearances.
  • 28 NCAA Tournament Berths.
  • 0 Big 12 Tourney Titles.
  • 3 Big 12 Regular Season Titles.
  • 1 Squandered Kevin Durant Opportunity.
History with TCU:  The Horns and Frogs have met 161 times with the Horns winning 99 of those matchups.  Believe it or not, UT hasn't done TCU any scheduling favors in basketball either, with the only post-SWC meeting happening in 2008, an 8 point UT win.  That's all I got.

Famous Ex-Longhorns:
  • Durant, but not his fake glasses.
  • TJ Ford, back before he was a walking insurance claim.
  • Lamarcus Aldridge, Portlandia's Own.
  • Meh.
Recent History:  UT used to be good at basketball, but for whatever reason Rick Barnes has never been able to put it all together, with his only Final Four appearance coming in 2003 during the TJ Ford era.  Now we have their downturn to think for Baylor's rise.  Also, cheating.  LOTS of cheating.  However, to his credit the team has never missed the NCAA's since he arrived on campus in 1998, most recently bowing out in round 1.  That's been a bit of a common thread for his teams:  In the 13 times UT has gone to the Dance with Barnes, only 5 times have they survived opening weekend.  Clearly we'd kill for that kind of consistency, but UT has the arrogant attitude that they should win every sport no matter the circumstance, so Barnes' days could be numbered.  Stay tuned.

2012 Outlook:  Last year's UT squad managed a 20-14 overall record and an even 9-9 split in Conference, good enough for 6th place in the Big 12.  They were then dismissed by 6 seed Cincinnati in the opening round of the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament.  The team was young with only 2 Seniors, but after watching Kentucky win the whole thing with freshmen, you can't really use that as an excuse anymore.  That said, it's a positive for the Longhorns that they only lose 2 Seniors to graduation, although losing leading scorer J'Covan Brown as an early entrant to the NBA draft certainly hurts.  However, they do return guards Sheldon Brown and Myck Kabongo, both true freshmen last year who will have a full year under their belts.  Hopefully they will learn to share the ball a little more because being ranked 200+ in assists won't cut it without a star player.  Both were members of Rivals 8th ranked recruiting class for 2011, along with 4 others and combined with this past year's 11th ranked unit, UT could be dangerous.   If they play to their potential, good things could happen, but, come on, this is UT we're talking about! They NEVER play to their potential!  It's why we love them.   The Conference will be Baylor and Kansas' to lose, and TCU's to REALLY lose.

Miscellania:  Have you ever seen someone at precisely the moment of retirement?  Do you want to?  WATCH!

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