After surrendering a 14-point second half lead, the men’s basketball team lost to Nevada in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The first, and arguably best, word that Texas coach Shaka Smart used to describe Friday’s 87-83 overtime loss to Nevada was “devastating.”
Tears flowed down Mo Bamba’s cheeks. Matt Coleman had red, watery eyes. Kerwin Roach II stood tall in the locker room, answering every question that came his way. That’s what leaders do.
The good, the bad, and the ugly of the tournament loss.
There really wasn’t any other way for this season to end than in overtime. Texas endured its eighth overtime contest of the year, losing to the Nevada Wolfpack 87-83. In addition to setting a single-season record for overtime games, it means Texas had nearly 1⁄4 of their games go at least 45 minutes.
The women’s basketball team is heading into round two against Arizona State tonight at the Erwin Center.
Perhaps there’s full buy-in from the players because they know what to expect. Things are almost always better in a coach’s second year. Or, perhaps enough Longhorns are tired of losing.
The win over Mizzou could be a larger springboard than anybody really expected.
“I just think there was a light-bulb moment,” Herman said. “Maybe this crazy guy and his crazy staff might have this thing figured out a little bit.”
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