In a span of 82 seconds late in the second half Saturday, senior forward Jonathan Holmes nailed a pair of three-pointers on back-to-back possessions and sophomore guard Kendal Yancy found junior center Cam Ridley in transition for an and-1, alley-oop dunk to help guide the Longhorns to a much-needed 62-49 victory over Kansas State.
The Walk-ons on most college rosters generally go unnoticed. They rarely get into games. When they do, the score is usually so unbalanced that many fans have already left. Even some of the biggest fans might not know their names.
With hopes of an NCAA Tournament berth hanging in the balance, Texas men’s basketball came close to pulling off an improbable victory in college basketball’s toughest road venue Saturday. But, as it almost always seems to do, No. 8 Kansas once again found a way to win in front of its home crowd.
Texas’ tailspin continued Tuesday night after No. 20 West Virginia held on to its early big lead for a 71–64 victory. It’s the third loss in a row for a slumping Texas team that is confirming its status as a bubble team for the NCAA tournament.