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“We’re looking for teams that are playing well at the end of the season, teams that want to continue to play,” Cella said. “We’ve all seen teams that don’t really want to keep playing and that’s not fun to watch.”

Texas’ bigger question is Kabongo’s future with the team, not over just the next few days or weeks but next season.

The trip to Cleveland that caused him so much trouble came when Kabongo was considering going to the NBA after this freshman season. The NCAA determined Kabongo improperly accepted airfare and personal training instruction. Kabongo chose to return to Texas last year, but will face the same decision again. Kabongo wouldn’t talk about it after the loss to Kansas State.

“I’m not thinking about that stuff,” Kabongo said.