29 Jan

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Longhorns Men’s Basketball Must Fix Identity Crisis, and Quickly

Texas Men's Basketball in the Kansas Game (Photo: Jesse Drohen).

Texas Men's Basketball in the Kansas Game (Photo: Jesse Drohen).

Who knows quite what to make of 11th ranked Kansas’ 75-62 win over 17th ranked Texas Saturday in the Erwin Center?

Plenty of questions remain following the Longhorns’ loss. Should fans look at it as the third double-digit loss in five conference games, two of which came at home? Should they look regard it a not-unfathomable blip on the radar after two impressive wins?

In its simplest form, was the Jayhawks’ win a matter of which team executed better in a match-up of two similary-talened, ranked teams? As John Gasaway writes for ESPN, the Jayhawks are better than most experts thought, and they should only improve as freshman Cliff Alexander discovers he can play with any big man in the conference.

Should fans worry that latest Longhorn loss is a harbinger of bad things to come, that Texas has already peaked and it’s all downhill from here? In his “Nine Things” column in Monday’s Austin American-Statesman, Kirk Bohls fears that may be the case.

“Texas has lots of games to turn it around, but