Texas guard Isaiah Taylor (1) drives around Texas Tech forward Aaron Ross (15) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in Austin, Texas. Texas won 69-59. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Bohls: Just what did Shaka Smart think about the referees in Norman on Monday?

Posted February 10th, 2016

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Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction yesterday. A few were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here’s a sampling:

His thoughts after UT’s 63-60 loss to OU on Monday:

Monday night’s Texas-Oklahoma basketball game cleared up a whole lot of things. Sooners guard Buddy Hield, who hit the winning 3 at the buzzer, should be the national player of the year. Maybe unanimously. “Oklahoma’s got a nice team,” Texas’ Shaka Smart said Tuesday. “They’ve got (Isaiah) Cousins. He does what he does, and he’ll tell you all about it. Buddy Hield’s the nicest guy in the world, but he’s an assassin.” Texas got done in by a borderline call on an offensive pushoff by Isaiah Taylor, but the Longhorns’ rise to what the bracketologists say could be a No. 5 seed has been nothing short of phenomenal. Smart really detests the idea of moral victories, even after flirting with upsetting both OU and Kansas on the road. “That is more of a media thing,” he said. “I’ve never really believed in that.” … Smart declined to discuss the foul on Taylor on Texas’ final possession. Actually, a team spokesman interrupted and answered before Smart could (cue Mack Brown/Chris Simms YouTube). But asked in general if flopping should be called in college basketball — again, in general, not to say any Sooner did — Smart said, “Yes, I do think flopping should be a technical.”

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On T.J. Ford talking about current point guard Isaiah Taylor at his Texas Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony:

At last week’s Texas Sports Hall of Fame banquet, we were treated to the most emotional speeches ever from former Texas guard T.J. Ford, former Texas A&M defensive end Jacob Green, former Llano High coach/St. Louis Cardinals lineman Ken Gray and former Texas head football coach Fred Akers. Ford said he talks often to Isaiah Taylor, who he said “is a better shooter than it looks. He has great form. In the NBA, he has a game that will flourish at that level.” Asked how fast Taylor is, Ford said, “He’s fast, but no one’s faster than me.” He also said Texas guard commitment Andrew Jones is “a lot better shooter than Isaiah, but Isaiah’s a better finisher at the basket.”

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) drives around Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) drives around Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

On Kevin Durant’s team of choice after free agency:

Crazy prediction: As a free agent, Kevin Durant will sign with … Oklahoma City.

Revisiting Kirk’s crazy prediction from this week in 2015:

Looking back at Kirk’s crazy prediction from Feb. 9, 2015 — that five true freshmen would start for Texas in the 2015 football season opener.

One year later, how did that prediction pan out? Very well. The Longhorns did indeed start five freshmen in the 38-3 loss at Notre Dame on Sept. 5 — receiver John Burt, right guard Patrick Vahe, left tackle Connor Williams, middle linebacker Malik Jefferson and cornerback John Bonney. And you can make that six freshmen, if you include Australian punter Michael Dickson.

For the rest of Kirk’s thoughts including ones on Baylor’s reaction to sexual violence on campus, the UConn women’s hoops team and the Super Bowl, click here.

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