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Closing-time blues: Late-game execution keeps a lid on Texas’ Big 12 potential

There’s one bankable fact about Shaka Smart’s basketball teams at Texas. His Longhorns don’t get blown out. In 117 games in four seasons, Smart’s teams have lost by more than 20 points only twice — 30 points to Kansas (Feb. 29, 2016) and 35 at … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas vs. No. 20 Oklahoma

Texas vs. No. 20 Oklahoma When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn About the series: Oklahoma leads the all-time series 54-39. The Longhorns are 3-0 against the Sooners at home under coach Shaka … Read More

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On Second Thought, Ep 122: Brian Davis on Shaka’s struggles; FOX’s Charles Davis on Kingsbury’s hire, young NFL QBs

In a jam-packed Episode 122 of the On Second Thought podcast, Longhorns beat writer Brian Davis and hosts Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls discuss what ails Texas basketball lately and if it is beyond repair. They also break down the controversy surrounding the NCAA’s transfer rule. FOX NFL color analyst Charles … Read More

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Sugar Bowl champions to be honored during Texas-OU men’s basketball game

Texas officials plan to honor the football team’s Sugar Bowl victory during a women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader Saturday at the Erwin Center. The UT women’s team, ranked 11th, will host TCU at 1 p.m. Saturday. The men’s team faces 20th-ranked Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Read More

Kansas 80, Texas 78: ‘For what we want to accomplish, there can’t be any moral victories’

LAWRENCE, Kan. — To beat Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse, it requires perfection. And for several minutes late Monday, the Longhorns were dang near it. Jaxson Hayes climbed into the rafters and rejected a shot. Kerwin Roach II hit a 3-pointer, snapping the team’s 0-for-8 second-half drought … Read More

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At the buzzer: No. 7 Kansas 80, Texas 78

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas coach Bill Self woke up this morning with a 26-0 home record whenever the Jayhawks play on ESPN’s “Big Monday.” That streak looked like it was in serious jeopardy Monday against Texas. Jase Febres went wild in the second … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: With Kansas looming, Shaka, Longhorns must figure it out — and fast

Shaka Smart isn’t about to angrily throw a chair across the court, a la Bobby Knight. He won’t bang his fist on the table and storm out of a postgame press conference, a la the late NFL coach Dennis Green. He won’t even torture the media with monotone one-word answers … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas at No. 7 Kansas

Texas at No. 7 Kansas When: 8 p.m. Monday Where: Allen Fieldhouse (capacity 16,300) TV/radio: ESPN/104.9 The Horn About the series: Kansas leads the all-time series 31-8. The Horns broke the Jayhawks’ 69-game home winning streak back in January 2011. It’s … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Lack of basketball smarts, grit sinks Longhorns

At least Texas lost to a somebody. After losing to NCAA nobodies like Radford and VCU, the Longhorns can at least say they fell to a really good team Saturday. Shaka Smart looked crushed. You can just see it in his hurting, soulful eyes, his body language, his downcast spirit. The … Read More

Texas Tech 68, Texas 62: Now 4-0 in Big 12 play, Red Raiders notch first win in Austin in 23 years

Gerald Myers has been affiliated with Texas Tech in some form or fashion since the 1950s. He’ll die with his “Guns Up.” Once the men’s basketball coach, Myers became the athletic director and ultimately retired in May 2011. But every year, the 82-year-old still rides … Read More

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At the buzzer: No. 8 Texas Tech 68, Texas 62

At crunch time, Texas simply couldn’t get enough buckets against No 8 Texas Tech. The Red Raiders, known for having one of the nation’s best defensive squads, turned up the suffocating pressure and shut off the Longhorns down the stretch for a 68-62 victory at the … Read More

After crushing loss, will Texas coach Shaka Smart’s troops engage vs. No. 8 Texas Tech?

Shaka Smart never yells, curses or shows too much emotion with reporters. His facial expressions and body language never lie, though. The Texas basketball coach — an erudite intellectual, not a profane in-your-face taskmaster — was deeply disappointed after Tuesday’s loss at Oklahoma State. Crushed may … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas vs. No. 8 Texas Tech

Texas vs. No. 8 Texas Tech When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 86-58. The Longhorns have won 22 consecutive games against the Red Raiders … Read More

Oklahoma State 61, Texas 58: ‘A significant step back’ as Longhorns look all out of sorts

STILLWATER, Okla. — The only thing that’s consistent about Texas coach Shaka Smart’s basketball program is inconsistency. One or two steps forward, then two, four or maybe a half-dozen steps back. Such is life for these Longhorns, who started off 2-0 in Big … Read More

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At the buzzer: Oklahoma State 61, Texas 58

STILLWATER, Okla. — Texas is just not meant to have any success in Stillwater this athletic year, apparently. The football team suffered a rather humiliating defeat here during the fall. The Texas men’s basketball team suffered a similar fate on Tuesday during an embarrassing 61-58 … Read More

With injuries piling up elsewhere, Texas looks to stack up more wins early in Big 12 race

What’s happening to the big men around the Big 12? West Virginia’s star center, Sagaba Konate, is out with a knee injury. Coach Bob Huggins said flat-out the Mountaineers can’t “wish him back.” “We can’t sit here and cry oh-woe-is-me,” Huggins said. “We’ve got … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas at Oklahoma State

Texas at Oklahoma State When: 6 p.m. Tuesday Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena (capacity: 13,611) TV/radio: ESPNU/104.9 The Horn About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 50-43. In their last trip to Stillwater, the Longhorns had a 12-point lead with 14:07 … Read More

Texas 61, West Virginia 54: Matt Coleman takes over as Longhorns move to 2-0 in Big 12

Texas coach Shaka Smart first started recruiting Matt Coleman III in middle school. They’ve been intertwined for years. The coach has long believed this point guard held the key to championship-level success — be it at Virginia Commonwealth, Texas, wherever. That’s probably why Smart is … Read More

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At the buzzer: Texas 61, West Virginia 54

In a classic rock fight against West Virginia, Texas had slightly bigger stones. Neither team shot well from 3-point range. Everybody took turns whacking away at the other and going to the free throw line. But it was a close game due to it being almost … Read More

With new urgency, Texas coach Shaka Smart is playing those with ‘juice,’ sitting those without

Perhaps for the first time in his four seasons at Texas, Shaka Smart is benching players who don’t bring “juice,” as he calls it, and playing those who do. The Longhorns’ head coach is done worrying about their feelings. Watch Texas’ personnel deployment in Saturday’s Big … Read More