AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas coach David Pierce doesn’t want his team to worry about the future, but they need to do a lot of things right to have a future in the 2019 season.
After ending a six-game losing streak Sunday against West Virginia, Texas (25-21, 6-11) has nine games left and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament is far from a guarantee.
Currently ranked 45th in RPI (the main grading statistic for the NCAA Tournament), the Longhorns still have opportunities to move up and move comfortably into receiving a bid, but they have to win their remaining Big 12 series and have a strong showing in the three non-conference games remaining.
It starts with Tuesday night in Corpus Christi at Whataburger Park against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.
“I’m not going to ever say (we need to) win out, but I don’t think we have a lot of margin for error. First thing, we need to survive on Tuesday, going down to Corpus (Christi). We have to have the mentality of playing the game the right way, let me look at the big picture and let them focus on their job,” Pierce said.
Following Tuesday’s game against Texas A&M- Corpus Christi, the Longhorns travel to Kansas for a three-game series. Kansas is last in the Big 12 standings, but only a game behind Texas which says a lot about the struggles the Longhorns have endured over the last month.