18 Mar

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Habe on the Horns – Texas Basketball has its chance to prove doubters wrong

The Texas basketball team celebrates their selection as a 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament (Photo: courtesy UT Athletics Photography).

The Texas basketball team celebrates their selection as a 11-seed in the NCAA Tournament (Photo: courtesy UT Athletics Photography).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

When the Texas men’s basketball team was awarded a spot on the NCAA tournament on Sunday for the 16th time in coach Rick Barnes’ 17-year tenure on the 40 Acres, a collective sigh of relief was heard from the Longhorns’ faithful.

That could have been expected after the Longhorns, a team that rose to as high as sixth in the nation in the early stages of the season, won just eight of their 18 Big 12 Conference games and then blew a 10-point lead to eventual champion Iowa State in the final three minutes of their league postseason tournament quarterfinal.

A whole lot more was

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .