Despite recent struggles, Texas pushed away ‘poison’


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Just when everything looked to be spiraling with the Longhorns basketball season, Texas sprung a suprise win over #11 Kansas Tuesday.

This team is difficult to understand.

The Longhorns, despite fairly high metric rankings, needed the Jayhawks quality win to feel like the NCAA Tournament was a possibility.

Texas is just 12-9 overall this season, but beating Kansas for the first time in five years definitively puts the Longhorns back in the mix for a tournament bid.

At least from outside the program, there’s been speculation about the program’s direction. Shaka Smart wasn’t going in that direction.

“There’s a lot of poison out there that can be digested in your minds and your heart. It can take your mind and heart away from winning and you’re not going to be as good as a team, if that happens,” Smart said.

Texas didn’t take the poison and blocked out noise during its losing skid.

“If we want to win, this is what we have to do, it’s non-negotiable and they did a good job of carrying that out,” Smart said.

For the second straight year, it looks like Texas will be on the tournament “bubble” down the stretch. Senior guard Kerwin Roach says they’re ready for the ride.

“We’ve been down this road before. I’ve been down this road a couple of times before. It’s nothing that we can’t handle,” Roach said.

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