The Texas Longhorns basketball program is setting themselves up for the possibility that they'll be the No. 1 team in the country on Monday. The Kansas Jayhawks, who were ranked No. 1, lost to the Kansas State Wildcats this week so someone is moving up.
Texas is ranked No. 3 in the AP poll and No. 2 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll. Their competition on the way to a No. 1 ranking is the Ohio State Buckeyes who were No. 1 the week before Kansas took the top spot.
Whatever happens in those two polls, Texas will still maintain the lead in the Big 12 standings regardless of what happens Saturday at Nebraska. Texas currently has a two-game conference lead over KU basketball so a loss wouldn't allow anyone to catch up.
Kansas head coach Bill Self admitted at his weekly press conference that Texas was the best team in the country right now and have been since early January. It's hard to argue with that, especially after watching Kansas blow it against Kansas State.
Texas may not lose at all in the Big 12. After Saturday's game against Nebraska, they'll host Iowa State, go on the road to play Colorado in Boulder, and then host Kansas State. The Colorado and K-State games could be trap games because those teams aren't usually slouches but, if I had to make a guess, Texas will go undefeated in the Big 12. Pretty wild to think about.