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Three Deep: Tough weekend for hoops

3/19/2012

1. Tough hoops weekend: It wasn't a fun weekend for Texas basketball. Both the men’s and women’s teams lost in their opening games. The men fell to Cincinnati, 65-59, and the women lost to West Virginia, 68-55.

As the game ended in Nashville and Rick Barnes’ team once again saw an early NCAA tournament exit, the thought for most Texas fans turned to what happens next? Will junior J’Covan Brown leave early? Will Myck Kabongo be a one-and-done? Answers to these two questions will do more to shape next season than anything else.

Chad Ford has Brown as someone leaning toward the draft and projects him as a second round pick. Kabongo doesn’t appear ready for the NBA after his struggles running the offense this season, but Ford cites that he could be a better pro if he finds a system that fits his style.

2. Back to work: Spring football is back. Coaches have been working and the players have likely been, well, playing. It was spring break at Texas and the team hasn’t been together in 10 days. It’s interesting with so much of spring being focused on teaching and installing pieces of the scheme for a team to take such a long break. Either way, there are less than two weeks until the spring game on April 1. So the Longhorns must shake the rust off quickly.

3. That sweeping feeling: The Longhorns’ baseball team might be rounding into form after an uncharacteristically shaky start. Texas swept a three-game series in Norman, Okla., against OU. That was the 14th consecutive series win over the Sooners. Texas (10-8 overall, 3-0 Big 12) has now won five straight games and will host Stephen F. Austin on Tuesday before traveling to Kansas State for the weekend.