Depending on which bracketologist you ask, the Texas Longhorns are either in or out of the NCAA Tournament. So heading into the Big 12 Tournament, the Longhorns definitely need to beat the Iowa State Cyclones in their opening game to feel okay about their chances heading into Selection Sunday.
Ideally, the Longhorns could snag two wins over Iowa State and then Texas Tech. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves as Texas could be without center Mo Bamba for the Big 12 Tournament.
According to Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News, head coach Shaka Smart addressed Bamba, saying, “He’s really making progress … I’m not sure if he’s going to play on Wednesday (against Iowa State).”
Texas coach Shaka Smart on status of injured Mo Bamba for Big 12 tourney: “He’s really making progress … I’m not sure if he’s going to play on Wednesday (against Iowa State).” Smart still optimistic that Bamba will play “at some point” this season.
— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) March 5, 2018
Bamba injured himself when Texas beat Oklahoma a couple weeks ago and was limited in the games that followed. He played 31 minutes against Kansas State, then 15 against Oklahoma State. But this past week, Bamba sat out against Kansas and West Virginia.
Bamba was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team and was also named to the All-Defensive Team. He’s been a double-double machine this season, averaging 13.0 points per game, 10.6 rebounds per game.