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Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shaka’s Longhorns played just well enough to lose another game

What’s the difference between a 38-point loss at West Virginia and a two-point home loss to LSU? For the floundering Texas Longhorns, it’s a two-word answer. Not much. At this point of the season, style points don’t matter, even for losses. Good teams find ways to win. LSU is a … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Hey, Horns, Jericho Sims wants the ball (even if he isn’t saying it)

Jericho Sims wants the ball. He might not say it, but Texas’ junior post has developed a healthy hunger for scoring. After Saturday’s 66-57 loss to No. 6 Kansas, a game in which the Horns made only 1 of 9 3-pointers in the second half, Sims put yet another stamp … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Horns found right winning formula vs. Kansas State but can they duplicate it?

If ever there was ever  an early-conference game that was deserving of the “must win,” label, it was Saturday’s Texas-Kansas State matchup. Both teams were desperate to scratch out that first conference win, especially Texas which needed to book a “W” to add to their sagging NCAA tournament resume’. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: NIT’s Final Four wasn’t the original destination, but Texas, Smart enjoying the ride

As players gathered to dress after their third straight win in the NIT, Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart looked around the room. “Let’s finish this thing the right way,” he told them. “You guys want to win a championship? It’s the kind of locker room banter fans envisioned happening … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas men — the Hustling Horns — haven’t checked out of NIT just yet

They had to start somewhere. Yeah,  I know there several truckloads of Longhorns basketball fans who were looking down their noses during Sunday’s second-round NIT game against Xavier with some side eye mixed in. Here’s a news flash: The season may have ended for a checked-out fan base outside of … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Roach should be out of chances but he isn’t

The biggest takeaway from Shaka Smart’s Monday media availability came regarding  thrice-suspended guard Kerwin Roach II: He isn’t going anywhere. The Texas basketball coach already said he’s likely to return this season. This time the decision came down from The Tower. Roach’s indefinite suspension comes at the worst possible time. Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Longhorns going nowhere unless seniors Roach and Osetkowski lead

The Texas Longhorns can scrap, claw and battle all they want but their fate will ultimately rest on the performances of the most experienced players on the roster. To steal a line from athletic director Chris Del Conte, seniors Kerwin Roach II and Dylan Osetkowski are the OGs on this … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas women should be elevated after tight loss to top-ranked Baylor

The Texas women aren’t on Baylor’s level, but for one quarter Monday night, Karen Aston’s Longhorns outplayed a team that’s expected to be in the national title mix. One might say Texas put a slight scare into the nation’s top-ranked team. Well, at least enough of a scare to make … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas basketball, throw Gregory Gym a non-conference bone

Bring hoops back to Gregory Gym. We’re not talking about the four-on-four pickup games across the hall, but something along the lines of the NCAA variety witnessed by the estimated 1,000-plus that braved the weather to watch  the campus squads Wednesday night in the Texas Tip-off. Our grandparents remember when … Read More