AUSTIN, Texas — Texas men’s basketball head coach Shaka Smart said Monday that he was pleased to see his team deliver a better defensive performance Saturday at Oklahoma State than the one it offered last Tuesday at home against Baylor.
But the fact that UT lost both games did not escape the attention of the voters in the Associated Press poll, who dropped the Longhorns from No. 6 last week to No. 13 in the new ranking released Monday.
The losses to the Bears and Cowboys were the Longhorns’ third and fourth in their last five games. Three of the four losses have come on UT’s home court at the Frank Erwin Center.
Texas is one of six Big 12 teams in this week’s national rankings. Baylor’s record remains unblemished at 17-0, leaving the Bears locked in the No. 2 spot in the country behind Gonzaga.
Texas Tech, the first team to beat UT in its current skid Jan. 13, climbed to No. 7, while Oklahoma sits at No. 12. West Virginia climbed to No. 14, and Oklahoma State’s win over Texas helped the Cowboys jump into the rankings, at No. 23.
UT is now ranked fourth among teams within the state of Texas. In addition to Baylor and Tech, the Longhorns find themselves looking up at No. 8 Houston.
The next opportunity for Texas to get back on the winning track comes at 7 p.m. Tuesday when the Horns take on Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., in a game that can be seen on BIG 12 NOW/ESPN+.