Texas head coach Shaka Smart signals during an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, in Austin, Texas. Baylor won 74-73 in double overtime. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Golden: Don’t give up on Shaka’s squad just yet

Posted February 20th, 2018

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In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches a Bevo-related item. Here is his take:

Don’t give up on Shaka’s squad:

Just when you thought they were dead, the Texas Longhorns kept their NCAA tourney hopes alive with a huge road win over the freefalling Oklahoma Sooners, who were inexplicably still ranked No. 23 in the country despite four straight losses.

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As for the Horns, that three-game losing streak is in the rear-view mirror. Texas (16-11, 6-8 Big 12) can gain a measure of revenge and move one step closer to the Big Dance with a win at Kansas State on Wednesday. Yes, that’s the same Kansas State team that walked into the Erwin Center two weeks ago and beat the Horns 67-64.

Shaka Smart’s bunch showed up that night with very little enthusiasm or hunger against a Wildcats team it should have beaten. A win in Manhattan would be huge, of course. At this point, the win over Oklahoma won’t mean much if Texas can’t follow up with another W for its first two-game winning streak since conference play began.

“It’s a battlefield,” Smart said during his Monday media availability. “We’ve got two weeks left in the regular season and I think the teams that are able find a way to be mentally sharp, and that’s a choice, are going to have the best chance.”

They’re still breathing.

For the rest of Cedric’s Nuggets, including his thoughts on the NBA All-Star game and Sunday’s UFC fight at the Erwin Center, click here.

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