‘Baffled’ Barnes Needs Texas Spark From Kabongo

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 09:  Myck Kabongo #12 of the Texas Longhorns controls the ball in the first half against the Missouri Tigers during the semifinals of the 2012 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 9, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Myck Kabongo of the Texas Longhorns controls the ball in the first half against the Missouri Tigers during the semifinals of the 2012 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 9, 2012. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

AUSTIN (AP) — Texas coach Rick Barnes has been at a loss to explain his team’s struggles this season.

Barnes has seldom been in a situation like this. In 26 years as a head coach, Barnes has had only one losing season, back in 1991-92 at Providence.

Yet here Texas is, bumbling along at 10-13 and desperate for point guard Myck Kabongo to give the Longhorns a big lift when he returns Wednesday from a 23-game NCAA suspension.

Texas plays Iowa State (16-7) Wednesday night, with eight games left in the regular season to see what damage they can do before the Big 12 tournament.

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