Texas basketball facing first tough test; Tom Herman winning over some fans

Posted November 23rd, 2017


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Longhorns basketball facing tougher competition

The Texas men’s basketball team is 3-0 but it’s yet to face a real threat to that early success. That changes on Thursday when Texas starts action at the PK80 Invitational in Portland, Ore. The Longhorns face Butler on Thursday before a potential matchup with top-ranked Duke on Friday. Texas will play another game Sunday, the opponent depending on results. An undefeated performance this weekend would put the rest of the NCAA on notice.

Texas center Mo Bamba (4, middle) gets a hug from UT assistant coach Darrin Horn after scoring 15 points in his Longhorns debut. (Erich Schlegel/for American-Statesman)

Ray Guy Award finalist Michael Dickson a rare weapon

American-Statesman columnist Kirk Bohls writes about Texas punter Michael Dickson, who is averaging 48 yards per punt this season. That’s better than the school record of 47.4 yards he set last season. The Ray Guy Award finalist is the best punter Bohls has seen since Russell Erxleben. The junior from Australia has a chance to enter the NFL draft early, but doesn’t see any benefit to making that decision now.


The Whys of Texas

Funny what winning and becoming bowl eligible can do. In the last edition of The Whys of Texas, comments and emails expressed concern over whether or not Tom Herman is the right man for the job. This week, after a 28-14 win over West Virginia on the road, fans are claiming to be on board with Herman. Some see a big difference in the teams of the last three years and the squad this year.

Texas coach Tom Herman, giving quarterback Sam Ehlinger a hug, has started to convince fans he is the right man for the job. (Nick Wagner/American-Statesman)

Sound Off: Texas’ bowl options and more

Texas football beat writers Brian Davis and Danny Davis recap the Longhorns’ win over West Virginia and look forward to where Texas may go bowling. The duo also talks about how Sam Ehlinger took the driver’s seat in the quarterback carousel in the win. They also cover injuries and an ejection from the game.

Newton junior hoping for Texas offer

Tamauzia Brown is a junior at Newton High School and plays wide receiver and cornerback. He can play either position in college and has offers from Baylor and Oklahoma State, but if Texas were to offer, they would be high on Brown’s list. The Longhorns have one commitment from a player for the class of 2019, Roschon Johnson, a quarterback who scored 10 touchdowns in his first-round playoff game. Brown had a nice playoff game as well, catching passes for more than 100 yards as well as intercepting a pass.

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Tamauzia Brown, a junior at Newton, can play wide receiver and cornerback. (Mike Craven/American-Statesman)

Volleyball team claims Big 12 title

Four seniors earned gifts on Wednesday, one of which was an outright Big 12 championship as Texas swept Oklahoma at Gregory Gym. Micaya White led the way with 10 kills. Cat McCoy, Ebony Nwanebu, Chiaka Ogbogu and Mirta Baselovic were honored as the team’s four seniors. Each senior made a mark in the contest as the Longhorns handled the Sooners easily.

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