A look into the state of Texas’ strong college basketball season

A look into the state of Texas’ strong college basketball season

Carson Field, Sports Editor

This season, the state of Texas is great at basketball, as they have four teams in the AP Top 25. Those teams include Texas A&M (#15), SMU (#16), Baylor (#21) and Texas (#24). All of these teams seem to be teams that have the potential to go far in March, except for SMU, who is disqualified from postseason this season.

The first of those teams, Texas A&M, is having a phenomenal season, which was not expected by most fans. The Aggies are backed with young talent from their stellar recruiting class in 2014. They have had terrific play out of guard duo Jalen Jones and Danuel House. However, the Aggies have hit a few bumps in the road, losing four of their last five games.

My ultimate verdict on the Aggies is that they are a legitimate threat to have a run in March, but for this to happen, they will need to find their winning ways to keep the team morale up. They will be tested when they face SEC leader LSU in a road game this Saturday.

The next of those teams, SMU, is disqualified from postseason due to recruiting violations, as I mentioned earlier. While the Mustangs technically cannot appear in any postseason this year, they have a lot to look forward to in the future. Coach Larry Brown has turned this program around significantly with SMU qualifying for their first Tournament appearance since 1993 last season. The Mustangs will likely be solid once again next season, and hopefully they can get another appearance to the NCAA Tournament.

The best Texas team from the Big 12, Baylor, has had an up-and-down season this year. While the don’t have any major wins, they don’t have any bad losses, as their worst loss is to Texas, who is ranked 24th. Taurean Prince and Rico Gathers have been the main contributors to this Baylor team, standing at first and second in points per game for the team.

The Bears are a good team and have the potential to make a run in the Big Dance. However, to make a run in the Tournament, they will have to increase their consistency and pull off some upsets to close the season.

The lowest ranked team from Texas in the Top 25, Texas, had a rough start to the season, but has improved steadily since. They started off conference play with losses to conference bottom-feeders TCU and Texas Tech, but have picked up the pace ever since, upsetting Iowa State, West Virginia and Baylor.

The way that Texas is playing, they can easily be a darkhorse in March Madness and possibly go as far as the Final Four. To do this, Isaiah Taylor must keep up his play, as he is leading the team in points per game with 15.4.

The end of February should be interesting for the Texas college basketball teams. There are teams playing very well right now, but we will see the true fates of those teams, as the NCAA Tournament approaches.