First-half surge, second-half meltdown vs. Nevada a microcosm of Texas’ entire season

In all reality, Friday’s 87-83 loss to Nevada wasn’t that surprising. Not for those who have been watching the Texas men’s basketball team all season. Snippets from the entire year were on full display over 45 minutes at Bridgestone Arena. This team could … Read More

Spring football preview: Texas sailed through a smooth offseason, now looks ahead

The offseason is usually the silly season, and so it goes for the Texas football program. Over the past two months, a UT recruiting staffer rocketed from obscurity to superstar status by telling people to “Shhhh.” A recruit’s mother, who goes by the Twitter handle “mUTha hustla,” became … Read More

Texas notebook: ‘Devastating’ — Shaka Smart has difficult time going ‘beyond that word’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The first, and arguably best, word that Texas coach Shaka Smart used to describe Friday’s 87-83 overtime loss to Nevada was “devastating.” Tears flowed down Mo Bamba’s cheeks. Matt Coleman had red, watery eyes. Kerwin Roach II stood tall in the locker room, … Read More

Nevada 87, Texas 83 (OT): Texas’ NCAA run ends on a flat note against Nevada

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In Music City, sometimes the song ends on a sour note. Texas was humming a heck of a tune early Friday against Nevada. Solid ball movement, no panic, excellent defense. Mo Bamba had a big-time block on one end and a sizzling dunk on the … Read More

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At the buzzer: Nevada 87, Texas 83 (OT)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In a game where only shot-makers need apply, Texas came up short in a wild back-and-forth game against Nevada that defines March Madness. Playing in a school-record eighth overtime game this season, the Longhorns got a career-breaking performances from Kerwin Roach II and … Read More

One veteran Longhorn’s advice to a young squad: ‘Be excited to be here’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kerwin Roach II is the only player on Texas’ roster who has played in an NCAA Tournament game. He was on the floor when Northern Iowa’s Paul Jespersen hit a half-court shot to beat Texas in the first round two years ago. “Man, … Read More

Wishing for Mo time: Longhorns ready for Mo Bamba’s big finish in the NCAA Tournament

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mo Bamba’s time in Austin is almost up. The burnt-orange star shot across the Texas sky, and only a fraction of the UT community got to know this engaging, convivial 19-year-old from Harlem, N.Y. Whether Texas plays one game in the NCAA … Read More

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NCAA Tournament preview: Texas vs. Nevada

NCAA Tournament preview No. 10 seed Texas vs. No. 7 seed Nevada When: Approx. 3:30 p.m. Friday Where: Bridgestone Arena (capacity 17,578) TV/Radio: TBS/104.9 The Horn About the series: Nevada leads the all-time series 1-0. The only matchup … Read More

Team meetings usually spell trouble, but Texas’ cleared the air, path to the NCAAs

Team meetings can be volatile, hostile and all-around unpredictable affairs. Typically, things look bleak. Players don’t organize team meetings to pat each other on the back. In Texas’ case, the 74-73 double-overtime loss to Baylor on Feb. 12 prompted one such gathering where even coach Shaka … Read More

‘Nev-ADD-uh’ piles up the points this season while Texas has struggled

All this time, you’ve been pronouncing it wrong. It’s Nev-ADD-uh, not Neh-VAH-duh, according to school officials. And it’s the Wolf Pack, not to be confused with Wolfpack, which is North Carolina State’s mascot. The NCAA Tournament selection committee had no problems finding the college … Read More

Texas freshman Mo Bamba on his sprained toe: ‘I think I’m at 100 percent’

Texas freshman Mo Bamba played only 14 minutes in last week’s Big 12 tournament as trainers kept him off that sprained left toe. Now, he’s ready for the NCAA Tournament. “I think I’m at 100 percent,” the Big 12’s leading rebounder and shot blocker said Sunday. Read More

The A-B-Cs of the NCAAs: Longhorns wait it out, then see their name ‘and we were amped’

Sunday was a day for childhood sing-a-longs. The NCAA Tournament selection show was broadcast on TBS for the first time, and network officials decided to unveil most of the field in alphabetical order. So that meant Alabama was in. Same for Arizona State. All … Read More

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Dancing again! After difficult season, Longhorns back in NCAA Tournament

The Longhorns fought through numerous obstacles this season and faced some long odds at times. But Texas is still going dancing. The Texas men’s team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday after putting together a 19-14 campaign and finishing tied for sixth … Read More

Cancer, bad toes and $1,500: A look inside Texas’ improbable journey back to the NCAAs

Initially, this had the look of being the best season in Shaka Smart’s three years with the Longhorns. Texas was 10-4 after an overtime win at Iowa State on Jan. 1, and there was optimism abound. But Jase Febres knew something was wrong with teammate Andrew … Read More

Texas Tech 73, Texas 69: Jacob Young runs wild, but Red Raiders run Longhorns out of Big 12 tournament

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Last March, Texas coach Shaka Smart leaned against the wall inside Sprint Center and fielded garden-variety questions about his personnel. Except one. Was Jacob Young truly a Big 12-caliber basketball player? “I believe so. I think he definitely is,” Smart said 364 … Read More

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At the buzzer: Texas Tech 73, Texas 69

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you had Jacob Young in your who-saves-Texas’-postseason-bacon pool, you came awfully close to being a big winner. The Texas sophomore played out of his mind, piling up a career-high 29 points in what was easily his best game as a Longhorn. Read More

Texas 68, Iowa State 64: Longhorns still motoring along with Shaka Smart’s MacGyver lineup

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Remember that three-game losing streak just before Valentine’s Day? Texas looked like Big 12 roadkill. Prepare the season obituary, or so it seemed. Then the Longhorns lost big man Mo Bamba and Eric Davis Jr., leaving coach Shaka Smart to MacGyver … Read More

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At the buzzer: Texas 68, Iowa State 64

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Texas, the worst 3-point shooting team in the Big 12, tried to shoot its own way out of the NCAA Tournament. Dylan Osetkowski opened the game Wednesday with a barrage of missed 3-pointers and his teammates took turns missing from long range … Read More

Taking nothing for granted, Longhorns can’t look past Cyclones at Big 12 tournament

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The conversations in the Iowa State locker room on Tuesday were eerily similar to those reverberating around the Texas locker room one year ago. The 10th-seeded Cyclones feel as competitive as anyone. Despite finishing last, practice has been upbeat. Even during … Read More

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Big 12 tournament preview: No. 7 seed Texas vs. No. 10 seed Iowa State

Big 12 tournament first round Texas vs. Iowa State When: Approx. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday Where: Sprint Center (capacity 18,972) TV/Radio: ESPNU/104.9 The Horn About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 21-16. The Longhorns have won three straight … Read More