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Five Questions – Texas Basketball Feb. 9 Update

As the Texas men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted nationally ranked opponents on Feb. 9 – the men lost 72-59 to No. 22 Oklahoma State hours before top-ranked Baylor trounced the women 75-49 by  – there were still plenty of questions to be answered as the squad try desperately to right the ship and make a final run toward the NCAA playoffs.Ioannis Papapetrou shooting against Oklahoma State

A postseason appearance for either team seems like a pipe dream, especially with the Texas men losing for the third time in four games and the Longhorn women having won just twice since the calendar turned to 2013.

The Texas men will get a much needed injection of energy and enthusiasm on Feb. 13 when sophomore point guard Myck Kabongo returns to the team after a suspension that cost him the season’s first 23 games.

“There is a lot of basketball left to play and we haven’t had our whole team together at all this year,” Texas men’s coach Rick Barnes said.

The evening game brought the defending national champions and Brittney Griner into the Erwin Center and showed Longhorn fans how high the bar has been raised and how much more work Texas coach Karen Aston has in front of her before UT can again be considered a formidable team.

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James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.