Missed free throws, numerous turnovers, errant 3-pointers instead of working the ball inside — the first 20 minutes of Texas’ opener against Navy on Monday looked like a repeat of last year’s self-destructing team near the end of the season.
What a difference a year makes. At this point in 2009, Texas was No. 3 in the nation thanks to the returning talent of two All-Big 12 performers and the addition of one of the highest-rated recruiting classes in the country.
The Longhorns’ final loss of the season, an 81-80 overtime heartbreaker to Wake Forest in the first round of the NCAA tournament Thursday, was indicative of their entire year, complete with missed free throws and missed layups.