The Texas Longhorns, after losing three consecutive games in the midst of the toughest portion of their schedule this season, have a must-win game when they host Iowa State Tuesday night in the Erwin Center.
Iowa State, which already beat Texas 77-71 in Ames earlier this year, is the only unranked team the Longhorns will play the rest of the month, and Texas can ill-afford to drop a home game to them if they want to continue Rick Barnes' school record streak of 13 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances.
The Longhorns, at 12-7 and sixth place in the Big 12, are on the outside looking in of the Tournament bubble, although they've had several close calls, including an 84-80 loss at Kansas State and a 69-66 home loss to Kansas on Saturday.
In their first game against the 14-5 Cyclones, they were unable to overcome a balanced Iowa State scoring attack, which featured four different starters scoring in double digits.
Under second-year head coach Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State has become a second chance program for wayward players, featuring transfers from Minnesota (PF Royce White) and Michigan State (G Chris Allen).
That will have to change for them to pull out a desperately needed win against the Cyclones, especially with games against No. 7 Baylor and No. 2 Missouri next.