Ken Pomeroy wrote about the Texas basketball team for ESPN Insider today. He says the Longhorns "might be stronger than it appears and capable of some noteworthy wins in the latter stages of this season."
Texas is the kind of team you can't understand until you look at its losses. The Longhorns' chances at home against Kansas and Missouri came down to the last possession. Road games against Baylor, Kansas State and Iowa State weren't decided until the final minute. We might think of Texas differently had things gone slightly different in the final minute or two of any of those games, but especially the three-point loss to Kansas and a one-point loss to Missouri.
Pomeroy gives three reasons why the Longhorns aren't receiving national respect:
They have an ugly offense
The Longhorns are inexperienced
Texas has no size