Things haven’t been going according to plan at Texas, though Rodney Terry’s first full season as head coach got off to a decent enough start. The Longhorns played a meek nonconference schedule, getting off to an 11-2 start before the difficulties of conference play. Prior to his week, they’d already lost twice at home, dropped a few head scratchers, and were working their way out of Tournament contention.
The Longhorns almost turned things around earlier this week, falling in overtime against Houston. That 76-72 loss could have become a season-changing victory. Saturday proved more effective, as Texas went to TCU and left with an 11-point road win over the Horned Frogs, giving them three road wins in Big 12 already, with Oklahoma and Cincinnati among that number as well.
Texas worked their way back up to 32 in the NET rankings with their fourth Quad 1 win of the season. Big 12 play is filled with opportunities; the Longhorns just need to keep winning these games. Losing at home to UCF and against West Virginia were two major anchors on the resume, but there’s plenty of opportunities to get that back. They took advantage this week, even if they came up short against the Cougars.