AUSTIN (KXAN) — When Texas needed it the most, they no-showed.
In what basically amounted to a NCAA Tournament audition against TCU, the Longhorns lost by double-digits in the regular season finale.
Texas (16-15, 8-10) wasn’t particularly competitive after halftime, trailing by eight at the break and trailing by as many as 20 in the 69-56 loss on “Senior Day”.
“Never been so disappointed as I am right now,” Smart said.
Dylan Osetkowski scored nine points in his final home game as a Longhorn. Senior Kerwin Roach missed his fifth straight game due to a university suspension. Texas could’ve used their leading scorer Saturday in this make or break bracket game.
For as efficient as they’ve been over the last couple weeks, the Longhorns offense had no spark settling for outside shots that weren’t falling. The Longhorns finished 4-19 from three point range.
According to ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi, the Longhorns must win at least a game in the Big 12 Tournament to have a shot at making the field.
“This isn’t how we practiced the last few days. Obviously, there was some tentativeness in our guys, for some reason,” Smart said.
TCU’s Desmond Bane scored a career-high 34 points to lead TCU. According to ESPN Bracketology, TCU is back in the tournament field with Saturday’s win.
The Longhorns, as the six-seed, will face Kansas in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Tournament Thursday in Kansas City.