Barnes still going with no necktie

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- I used to think Rick Barnes ditched his tie a while back to keep from strangling himself. Who knows, maybe that's right. His Longhorns have certainly given him ample cause this season.

It's hard to tell if Texas looks loose, tight or indifferent as they get set to tip it off against Iowa State.

The pressure is on the Horns. Another loss and forget about flicking any switch before the NCAA Tournament. Win and they get another shot at Baylor and a chance to set a tone for next week.

We'll soon find out.