AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Longhorns will face Baylor, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, Monday at the Frank Erwin Center for only the 11th time in program history.
Texas has the opportunity to make history as the Longhorns have never won a game over an AP No. 1.
Baylor is at the top of the rankings for a reason. The Bears have won 20 games in a row and are undefeated in Big 12 play.
However, the Longhorns have performed well at home against AP Top 20 opponents winning six of their last nine games at the Frank Erwin Center against teams of that stature. The Longhorns desperately need a quality win to keep their tournament hopes alive.
The Longhorns are a little shorthanded right now, Kai Jones and Jase Febres sustained injuries in the second half of their last game against Texas Tech, and didn’t return. There hasn’t been an official update on their status for Monday’s game.
Despite the challenge of facing a red-hot Baylor team on the heels of a two-game losing streak, Texas believes they can turn things around.
“There is no faith lost, we know we can compete with any team and we just have to finish games,” said Junior Guard Matt Coleman. “At the end of the day, execute better down the stretch on the offensive and defensive end.”
Texas and Baylor will tip off Monday at 8 p.m.