Something is about to happen to the proud Texas basketball program that hasn't happened in 15 years.
The Longhorns, with a 16-17 record, probably will be sitting out the NCAA tournament. Since he arrived on the sprawling Texas campus, head coach Rick Barnes has taken the Longhorns to the NCAAs 14 years in a row.
But a lackluster 66-49 loss to No. 11 Kansas State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament on Thursday night probably means the school-record NCAA run is done.
''I've always said that's something we've never taken for granted,'' Barnes said. ''I certainly haven't. People act like it's easy to get there. I don't think it's easy to get there. We've had some times when we knew we were in, other times when we had to sweat it out. I'm disappointed, but you know what? You are who you are. We weren't good enough to make the NCAA tournament this year.''
It was the Longhorns' third loss this year to the Wildcats.
''We weren't good enough because if we were good enough, we'...