Texas center James Banks (4) is defended by Angelo State's Michael Thomas (5) and Gustavs Puhovs (10) at the Frank Erwin Center on Nov. 2, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

BEVO BEAT Men's Basketball

Did James Banks deserve ejection he received during Texas’ loss to Northwestern?

Posted November 22nd, 2016


Texas suffered its first loss of the season Monday night, falling 77-58 to Northwestern in the semifinals of the Legends Classic at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The No. 22-ranked Longhorns weren’t helped when freshman forward James Banks received an ejection in the second half. Officials took more than 3 minutes to review the play in question and make a decision.

Watch the play in question below.


As you can hear in the video, the referees called a “flagrant 2 for throwing a punch.” Banks exited the game with 11:54 left, having played 21 minutes. He had two rebounds, one assist and one block. He did not attempt a shot in the game.

Texas never led, as the Wildcats opened with an 11-0 run and led 34-26 at halftime. Bryant McIntosh had a game-high 20 points for Northwestern, while sophomore guard Tevin Mack scored 18 off the bench for the Longhorns. Texas plays Colorado at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in a consolation game.

What do you think? Should Banks have been ejected?

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