Humiliating, embarrassing, humbling; you can use any of those words to describe Texas' 73-47 loss at Kansas on Saturday.
Sheldon McClellan was just 1 of 7 from the field against Kansas, and 0-for-3 from beyond the arc.
After showing a bit of life last Wednesday in a double-overtime win over Iowa State in Myck Kabongo's return to the lineup, Texas (11-14, 3-9 Big 12) laid its biggest egg of the year on primetime on ESPN with "College GameDay" in attendance.
"I think the excitement took them in a direction that you don't want to go as a team in terms of not being focused on executing what you had done and what we had tried to do all year," Rick Barnes said during Monday's Big 12 coaches teleconference.
The Horns have now lost three of four and are only a last-second three-pointer in regulation by Ioannis Papapetrou against ISU from being on their second four-game losing streak of the season.
Six games remain on the schedule. Sandwiching four teams ranked in the top 55 in RPI rankings - Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Baylor - are the two bottom dwellers of the Big 12 - TCU and Texas Tech.
The Horns will revisit one of their most resounding wins of the year when they travel to Fort Worth tonight to play TCU (10-15, 1-11). Texas shot 52.3 percent from the floor at home against the Horned Frogs earlier this month. Coming off their worst shooting performance of the year - 21.8 percent - TCU is sure to be a welcomed opponent for the Longhorns.
Things snowballed for Texas Saturday in Lawrence. The Horns weren't able to hit from beyond the arc and couldn't find a way to make up for their off shooting night. The 2-for-21 futility only highlighted Texas' lack of a scoring punch inside against a quality opponent.
"At some point in time you've got to make some shots, and if you're not making outside shots you've got to find a way to get to the foul line, you've got to find a way to get some easy baskets," said Barnes.
That sentence from Texas' head coach sums up his offense this season perfectly. When Sheldon McClellan, Julien Lewis or Javan Felix get hot they can poor in 20 points. When they're not they can vanish from the box score. And if two or more go cold on the same night Texas is lucky to score 50.
The Horns have had issues getting to the foul line all season due to a roster full of shooters and devoid of drivers. And without a big man they can feed under the basket that can score easy buckets the Longhorns can easily go into a scoring swoon when the jumpers aren't falling.
Kabongo's return seemed to open things up against Iowa State last week, but his presence obviously had no impact over the weekend against the Jayhawks.
For weeks it's been obvious this season will come down to how Texas does in the Big 12 tournament. The Horns have six games to iron out their offense with Kabongo running the point, or for the first time in 14 seasons Texas will be left out in the cold come NCAA Tournament time.
Quick Look at TCU
The Horned Frogs sit in the same place they were in the last time they faced Texas, the lowest rated team from a BCS conference by kenpom.com at 285th.
TCU's lone conference win of the year, over then fifth-ranked Kansas, will almost certainly be the biggest upset of the season. Outside of that game the Horned Frogs average score differential in conference play is -19.3.
5-foot-11 guard Kyan Anderson is the leading scorer for TCU. He averages 11.2 points per game, but the Horns were able to shut him down in Austin on Feb. 2, holding him to just four points on 2-of-11 shooting.
The biggest pain for the Horns in the last meeting was 6-foot-8, 250-pound senior forward Adrick McKinney. The second-year transfer from Angelina College finished with 13 points and eight rebounds.
G Kyan Anderson, 5-11, So. (11.2 pts (38.9% FG, 32.1% 3s), 1.9 reb, 3.2 ast)
G Nate Butler Lind, 6-6, Sr. (4.8 pts, 2.4 reb)
F Connell Crossland, 6-7, Sr. (6.4 pts, 5.9 reb)
F Garlon Green, 6-7, Sr. (10.0 pts (37.4% FG, 33.9% 3s), 4.0 reb)
F Devonta Abron, 6-8, So. (6.4 pts, 55.2% FG, 5.2 reb)
G Charles Hill Jr., 6-2, Fr. (3.7 pts, 1.8 reb)
F Adrick McKinney, 6-8, Sr. (7.9 pts, 6.6 reb)
G Clyde Smith III, 6-2, Fr. (1.1 pts, 1.0 reb)
G Chris Zurcher, 6-0, So. (0.3 pts, 0.3 reb)
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