The Texas Longhorn's have repeatedly come up short in the past five years when Rick Barnes had clubs capable of reaching the Final Four. This year's team is arguably better than both the 2006 and 2008 teams, which fell short of the NCAA Tournament's weekend.
Those teams often went down because the defense couldn't come up with enough stops against superior opponents. This year's squad is the opposite; the defense has showed up against the Longhorns' top opposition, but the offense hasn't always delivered.
Inconsistent point-guard play, as well as a sometimes one-dimensional offense, allows teams like Kansas State to keep Texas off the offensive glass while also creating second opportunities against UT's stout defense. The Wildcats did just that and ended Texas's pursuit of an undefeated season.
The 10 gravest threats to the Longhorns' championship hopes will not only be the top national title contenders, but also some lower ranked squads built to beat Texas.