KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Whatever the expression, Texas point Myck Kabongo says it fits how the Longhorns are feeling entering the Big 12 tournament this week.Its a new day, its a new chapter, its a new season for us, Kabongo said Tuesday before Texas practiced at the Sprint Center for its first-round game with bottom-seeded TCU (11-20) at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. A lot of confidence. Weve come a long way from the beginning of the year.Kabongo, who returned for the final eight regular-season games after missing the first 23 while serving an NCAA suspension, said hes not interested in what-could-have-been had he been on the floor the entire season helping nurture a young Longhorns team. Texas is 5-3 since he has been back and has won two in a row.Well never know, he said. But were here today and we have to build on what we can while were here in Kansas City and were excited about the opportunity.So can Texas win four in Kansas City?I wouldnt be a competitor if I said no, Kabongo said. Of course I believe that.Interim tag remainsTexas Tech interim coach Chris Walkers future with the team is still in doubt, but hes not letting that bother him or his team at the Big 12 tournament.The Red Raiders (10-19) open against West Virginia (13-18) at 6 p.m. Wednesday.Strange things happen, Walker said. I told our guys if you do something great this weekend people will remember you for a very long time.As for his future at Tech, Walker said hed love the chance to continue as coach without the interim tag.I wouldnt be human, he said. I would by lying if I said I wasnt [interested]. Again, thats not the central focus. The central focus is on the players and making sure theyre taken care off. Im pretty confident that the people at Tech are very proud of the way Ive represented the university.Walker took over in October after Billy Gillispie resigned, two weeks before the season began.Every day I wake up and Im the head coach of Texas Tech basketball, Walker said. So until Im told further thats what I believe. I tell my players the same thing and thats where we are.
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