No. 17 Texas 69, No. 14 North Carolina 67: Matt Coleman ices Tar Heels to win Maui Invitational

As Texas’ 16-point lead started melting away in the second half, the Longhorns had to wonder what in the world is happening. Kai Jones clanked an alley-oop dunk attempt off the rim. Andrew Jones dribbled the ball off his foot. The officials got whistle-happy, and the Horns got tentative on … Read More

No. 17 Texas 66, Indiana 44: Horns knock Hoosiers back defensively, never let up in blowout

When’s the last time Texas just lined up and kicked somebody’s tail? For the sake of argument, let’s exclude the directional schools. There was a 22-point home win over West Virginia last season and a 20-point blowout at Kansas State. But generally speaking, the Longhorns have played mostly close games … Read More

Texas’ Tom Herman: ‘Any answer I give you right now is going to come across as an excuse’

Texas coach Tom Herman stood at the lectern Monday and faced an onslaught of questions about his job status, the same as his predecessor did in 2016 and the coach before that did in 2013. It’s excruciating for all involved. But this is how it goes when the Longhorns fail … Read More

No. 19 Texas looking for rhythm, wins at the Maui Invitational in … North Carolina?

Think your holidays were ruined by the pandemic? The Texas men’s basketball team was supposed to spend Thanksgiving week in Maui. The pandemic forced Maui Invitational organizers to dramatically overhaul the entire operation. So instead of flying west, the Longhorns are headed east this week to play the same tournament … Read More

Texas has given Tom Herman everything, and Longhorns still can’t win championships

Texas gave Tom Herman everything — and it still hasn’t been enough to produce a Big 12 championship. Friday’s 23-20 loss to Iowa State, which knocked Texas out of Big 12 title contention, had to leave school officials wondering if Herman is worthy of UT’s largess. The facilities were old. Read More

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Former Texas coach Tom Penders to be inducted into National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

Tom Penders’ Longhorns are now Runnin’ straight into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Penders, the Texas coach from 1988-98, is one of eight people being included into college basketball’s Hall of Fame Class of 2021. The Hall of Fame is located inside the College Basketball Experience adjacent to … Read More

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Men’s preview: No. 19 Texas vs. Davidson

No. 19 Texas vs. Davidson When: 11 a.m. Monday Where: Harrah’s Cherokee Center, Asheville, N.C. (capacity 7,654) TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn About the series: Davidson leads the all-time series 1-0. The two teams’ only meeting was in Charlotte on Dec. 28, 1968. About the Longhorns: After fighting through butterflies in … Read More

Texas LT Samuel Cosmi opting out of final two games, will start preparing for NFL Draft

Texas left tackle Samuel Cosmi announced Sunday he would opt out of the last two regular-season games and start preparing for the NFL Draft. Texas (5-3, 4-3 Big 12) was effectively eliminated from Big 12 title contention after Friday’s loss to Iowa State. The Horns are now in a two-way … Read More

After sitting in opener, Texas C Will Baker announces he’s transferring from Longhorns

After not playing in Wednesday’s season opener, Texas center Will Baker announced he will transfer and calls the decision “a year in the making.” Baker’s decision was announced in a statement sent Saturday by his family’s personal public relations firm. School officials later sent out a statement confirming the sophomore’s … Read More

Texas-Iowa State notebook: Brennan Eagles has career day, but Horns can’t find him late

Texas coaches clearly saw something they liked about the Iowa State defensive backs. Quarterback Sam Ehlinger was dialing up one deep ball after another Friday. Nobody benefited more than Brennan Eagles. Eagles’ best day of the season will be largely forgotten after Texas lost 23-20. But he finished with a … Read More

No. 13 Iowa State 23, No. 17 Texas 20: ‘Wish it didn’t have to go this way’

In the end, after multiple last gasp passes fell incomplete and an inspired kick hooked left, Sam Ehlinger stood, then kneeled and ultimately jogged off the field alone. The Texas quarterback hustled out of Royal-Memorial Stadium after watching his last home game go awry and the last flicker of a … Read More

Texas vs. Iowa State: Five key matchups

Five key matchups out of the Texas-Iowa State game to keep your eye on Friday:   Iowa State running back Breece Hall vs. Texas’ run defense Hall is sensational. The 6-1 sophomore leads the nation with 1,169 rushing yards six multi-touchdown games and eight 100-yard games. Teams can slow him … Read More

Last chance: In final home game, Texas seniors face No. 15 Iowa State in key Big 12 showdown

For 17 Texas seniors, Friday will bring about a moment of introspection. It’ll be the last time they run onto the field at Royal-Memorial Stadium. “I walk around the locker room and I’m like, I remember when I was a freshman looking at seniors and thinking that they looked really … Read More

No. 19 Texas 91, UT-RGV 55: Plenty of Longhorns thankful for a strong start in season opener

Texas’ season-opening win Wednesday night over UT-Rio Grande Valley looked like the family dinner table on Thanksgiving. There was so much to choose from, where do you start? It’s tempting to dive right into Greg Brown. The freshman from Vandegrift had 11 points and 10 rebounds in his Longhorns debut, … Read More

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Men’s preview: No. 19 Texas vs. UT-Rio Grande Valley

No. 19 Texas vs. UT-Rio Grande Valley When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn About the series: First meeting About the Longhorns: Coach Shaka Smart said that six players have separated themselves in practice above the others. Where does that leave forwards Gerald … Read More

No. 19 Texas’ optimism cannot be masked: ‘Our guys feel like we can be really good’

There was real joy in Shaka Smart’s voice that could not be masked. “Game week is finally here for us,” the Texas men’s coach said Monday. “It’s been a long time coming.” Of course, that’s only if reality doesn’t hit some half-court, buzzer-beater. “Hopefully, knock on wood,” Smart said, “we … Read More

Rearrange the schedule all you want, No. 20 Texas must keep winning to stay in Big 12 hunt

The Kansas postponement didn’t really change anything for Texas. The 20th-ranked Longhorns (5-2, 4-2 Big 12) are still in the conference championship hunt. They still must have a “playoff” mindset. Coach Tom Herman said there’s no reason to explain to his players where Texas sits in the league standings because … Read More

‘AJ1’ back full throttle: Having dunked on leukemia, Andrew Jones ready to lead Texas

Andrew Jones is entering this season with a green light. The greenest of lights, actually. Texas coach Shaka Smart has practically hung a lantern. “Andrew Jones, he needs to shoot as much as he possibly can,” Smart said. Jones has to play defense, too, and force steals. He’s got to … Read More

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Eyes on Texas: With Kansas delay, Tom Herman believes Longhorns ‘lucky and good’ with COVID-19

Craig Way opened Tom Herman’s radio show Thursday with an honest query. “Got any weekend plans?” the Texas radio broadcaster asked. “No!” the Longhorns football coach said with a laugh. “I don’t.” Not anymore, at least. Not after Kansas postponed Saturday’s game against 22nd-ranked Texas because of COVID-19. The game … Read More

Texas keeps bolstering its 2021 recruiting class with 6-5 center Femme Sikuzani

The Texas women’s team signed another standout junior college transfer Wednesday for the 2021-22 season, further bolstering an already stellar recruiting class. Femme Sikuzani, a 6-foot-5 center, is ranked the No. 1 junior college prospect, according to All Star Girls Report. She’s originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo … Read More