I started writing a reply to the fanpost labeled "From #1 to 1 and done" but my response was way too long, so I decided to just create my own fanpost.
I am not sure if anyone remembers Wake Forest of 2008-9, but they were a team very much like our own. Meaning they were a streetballing team that relied on young players performing well to be great. They did look great during the beginning of the season, if they played well, they could beat any team including eventual national champ UNC. They started 16-0 but after they reached number 1, they basically fell apart, and lost 5 of their next 9 games.
Then they kind of righted the ship towards the end of the season, but lost their first game in the ACC tournament, and then lost their first round game in the tournament (the 4 v 13 game).
I am still cautiously optimistic about this team, and I think that most teams still would really like to avoid us if at all possible in the tournament. However, if we keep playing like we have been, and end up a 4 or 5 seed, I could see us losing in the first round to a cohesive, mid-major, senior laden, team like Cornell. Much like Cleveland State was able to beat Wake last year.
To all the people who now claim the season, is over, and only remark on how terrible we look: you are missing the point, and are way too reactionary. We are actually not in bad shape at all, while a 2 seed in houston is not really probable, it is quite possible. Something could finally click in the freshman's heads which leads us to win the remaining games we have in the regular season, and then win the big 12 tourney(or possibly runner-up). This team is still amazingly talented, I just hope we can learn from the lesson of Wake Forest, and not repeat their mistakes.
Are the Longhorns destined to be "Wake Forrest" of 2010?
Yes, they are already fated to an early exit from the tourney (42 votes)
Maybe, but the deck is stacked against them to make a deep run (32 votes)
Maybe, but I am still stangely optimistic about the team's chances in March (43 votes)
No way, Barnes finally suceeds in getting the team to fulfil their potential, and they make a run to Indianapolis! (10 votes)
127 total votes