Texas was down, and the young Longhorns were struggling. Rick Barnes got tough, and in getting Texas to the tournament, might have turned in his best effort.
After battling through a tough season, Rick Barnes cobbled his team together to reach the NCAA tournament for the 14th straight year.
Desperation can make for strange bedfellows. That said, the pillow talk between Texas' Rick Barnes and Oklahoma's Lon Kruger is about just who is more desperate.
For the freshman-laden Longhorns to make the NCAA tournament, the Big 12 math looks simple.