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.
Texas' J'Covan Brown ignited a comeback run with a pair of threes, bracketed around one by Sheldon McClellan, as the Longhorns went on a 17-6 run late to grab the 72-64 comeback win over Oklahoma at the Frank Erwin Center Wednesday night.
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.
Texas needs some consistency to succeed in Big 12 play, and no one is more important than Clint Chapman in the post.
For the freshman-laden Longhorns to make the NCAA tournament, the Big 12 math looks simple.
Texas and J'Covan Brown needed help. When Sheldon McClellan stepped up with 23 points against UT-Arlington, Brown and the Longhorns found another scoring threat.