If you’re a Texas Longhorns fan, you had every right to be extremely nervous about the very realistic possibility of the Texas Longhorns not hearing their name called on Selection Sunday for an opportunity to compete in the NCAA Tournament.
Texas had won their final two regular season games at home against No. 14 Baylor and Kansas State before cruising past Texas Tech 65-53 in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament.
The Longhorns were on the better half of the bubble heading into their meeting with Iowa State in the Big 12 quarterfinals, but a late second half collapse that led to the Cyclones winning on a buzzer beater 69-67 led to some very real concern that Texas could miss the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons.
But while countless Longhorns fans, as well as a few Texas players themselves, were nervous about the potential of not hearing their name slotted into the field of 68 on Sunday, the Longhorns' expressive starting floor general Isaiah Taylor felt there was no reason to worry about missing the Big Dance.
"No. Not even a little bit, Taylor said with a grin. We’re Texas."
This is certainly the kind of confidence Texas fans would like to see from their point guard heading into the portion of the season where when you lose, you’re done.
Let the games begin ... #Horns— Isaiah Taylor (@Zay_Ctmd11) March 15, 2015
As for the rest of the Longhorns…well, let’s just say not everyone felt as optimistic about what was to come as Taylor did.
Stud freshman Myles Turner had mixed emotions about the Longhorns’ chances of making the tourney.
"Man, I was feeling pretty confident throughout the week," Turner said. "But once we got in that room and I was watching, I got nervous like I don’t know what. I was out of it, thinking, ‘Oh, man, we’ve got to make this tournament.’ Then I saw our name; all that anxiety went away. I was happy."
All we needed was an oppurtunity man lets get it! #HookEm— Myles Turner (@Original_Turner) March 15, 2015
Jonathan Holmes noted that he had been awake since 5 a.m. Sunday morning doing research on bubble teams and Bracketology, while Kendal Yancy said he was "definitely nervous. "Man, I do not want to be in the NIT."
Texas, the 11 seed in the Midwest Region, is set for a second round date with 6-seeded Butler at approximately 1:45 p.m. Thursday on CBS.
All quotes courtesy of Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman.