I’m a first time poster, longtime reader, and lifetime Longhorn. I wanted to comment on what I saw as a not-so-pretty but hard-fought and spectacular win last night and the fans who witnessed it with me. At the end of the open thread there were questions about the Drum being sold out for the game. I was in attendance for the game and can say, it might have been sold out, but there were still many empty seats in the Drum that needed to be filled. Grant it, my girlfriend and I were in the upper deck, section 94, not the greatest seats in the building but nonetheless seats in the building. I recall noticing 7 to 9 empty seats in a single section in the lower deck, mid-court, halfway up, well past the halfway mark of the first half and saying to her, “if those are still open at halftime let’s move down.” By halftime they eventually filled up but these were just a few seats that stuck out. We were in the upper deck and saw quite a’ few empty seats in our level that remained empty throughout the duration of the game. However, I can honestly say, even without those seats filled, the Drum was beating during the second half. Fans were on their feet and yelling, hands were clapping, and at the end, Hook Em Horns were in the air. But, by the end of this great game I noticed that the two seats next to my girlfriend and I, as well as three seats in the row in front of us never had burnt orange bodies in them. To make it worse, the couple directly in front of us left the game with three minutes to go and the game tied up at 64. Don’t get me wrong, the Drum was loud, almost as loud as I've ever heard it, and the majority of the “Burnt Orange Brethren” stuck around until the final beat of the Eyes of Texas and Gabriel blew his horn. I know there are diehard UT basketball fans. Hell, the majority of the members here are. But, in regards to environment and fan appreciation for the basketball team, will UT ever reach that upper-echelon level?