Men's Basketball Archives

Bevo Beat

Burnt orange vs. Big Blue: Texas-Kentucky set for Big 12/SEC Challenge in January

Texas coach Shaka Smart will take his veteran team to Rupp Arena this January for a date with Kentucky as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The Longhorns and Wildcats will meet Jan. 30 in the heart of the Big Blue Nation. Kentucky has won the only two previous matchups … Read More

Bevo Beat

Texas basketball will open season against UT-RGV, but after that? Well, it’s complicated

Texas will open the men’s basketball season against UT-Rio Grande Valley on Nov. 25 at the Erwin Center. What happens after that? Well, it’s in flux. The Longhorns’ original non-conference schedule was thrown out of whack by COVID-19 and essentially had to be rebuilt from scratch. A team spokesman said … Read More

Former Longhorn Lynn Howden dies after heart attack

Lynn Howden, a center on the Texas basketball team in the early 1970s, suffered a massive heart attack during an extended stay in an Austin hospital for a broken hip and died Tuesday night, the school announced. Howden was a three-year letterman for the Longhorns from 1969-1972 and still holds … Read More

Texas coach Shaka Smart hires new staffers with NBA knowledge, Marine toughness

Texas men’s coach Shaka Smart has added two support staff members with NBA savvy and Marine toughness to complete his staff makeover. The Longhorns announced Monday the hiring of Nevada Smith, a former NBA G League coach, to become the program’s new director of player development. Smart also hired Cody … Read More

Texas coach Shaka Smart stays in-house, promotes Cody Hatt to assistant coach

Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart is sticking with someone he trusts to fill the final open vacancy on his coaching staff. Cody Hatt, UT’s director of basketball operations the last four seasons, was promoted to assistant coach on Wednesday, the school announced. The 34-year-old has served in critical behind-the-scenes … Read More

Bevo Beat

Texas will remain stateside as Maui Invitational moved to North Carolina in late November

Put away your hula skirts and leis. Texas is still playing in the Maui Invitational this season, but it’ll be far, far from Ka’anapali Beach. Tournament organizers announced Friday the eight-team men’s basketball tournament is being moved to Asheville, N.C., this season because of the coronavirus. The Longhorns are still … Read More

Bevo Beat

‘This is more of a see you later’: Texas assistant Jai Lucas leaves Longhorns for Kentucky

One of the worst kept men’s basketball secrets was finally revealed Monday. Texas assistant Jai Lucas is indeed leaving UT to join Kentucky as the Wildcats’ recruiting coordinator and special assistant to the head coach. As a player, Lucas became part of a will-he-or-won’t-he commitment saga to Kentucky years ago. Read More

IMG Academy’s Tamar Bates, a four-star guard with big aspirations, commits to Texas

Texas men’s coach Shaka Smart continued his hunt on the recruiting trail Friday by landing a commitment from four-star guard Tamar Bates from IMG Academy in Florida. Bates, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, had offers from Kansas, Iowa State, Missouri and others. But the Kansas City native told Rivals he chose … Read More

The Texas Ten: Bijan Robinson, Greg Brown, Skylar Fields all ready to shine for Longhorns

The pandemic has upended college athletics across the nation, forced major conferences to cancel fall sports and prompted university presidents to weigh the ethics of sending 18- to 22-year-old athletes into competition. The athletes themselves? They just want to play. The Big 12 marches on, and so will Texas athletics. Read More

Bevo Beat

Texas hires SMU assistant K.T. Turner to join men’s basketball coaching staff

After sleeping on it Tuesday night, SMU’s K.T. Turner has agreed to leave the Hilltop and join the Texas men’s basketball staff as an associate head coach, according to two sources familiar with the situation. Turner had been in deep discussions with UT coach Shaka Smart for several days, and … Read More

Bevo Beat

Texas assistant Jai Lucas being courted by Kentucky

Kentucky coach John Calipari has approached Texas assistant Jai Lucas about joining the Wildcats men’s basketball coaching staff, a UT spokesman said. It’s unclear how far talks have gone or whether Lucas has a job offer, but as of Tuesday afternoon, Lucas was still coaching the Longhorns at Cooley Pavilion. Read More

Bevo Beat

Texas lands three-star F David Joplin, third recruit for Shaka Smart’s 2021 recruiting class

Thanks to COVID-19, the summer recruiting schedule has been thrown all out of whack. That hasn’t stopped the Texas men’s basketball staff from picking up commitments, though. Coach Shaka Smart gained his third recruit for the 2021 class Sunday when forward David Joplin announced his decision on Twitter. The 6-foot-7 … Read More

Bevo Beat

Texas lands commitment from 3-star guard Emarion Ellis, multi-sport star from Iowa

Multi-sport talents can emerge from anywhere, and the Texas men’s basketball program just plucked one from Davenport, Iowa. The Longhorns landed a commitment from Emarion Ellis, a three-star guard for the recruiting class of 2021. He becomes the second player in what’s expected to be a pivotal class designed to … Read More

Texas ex Mo Bamba pleased with healthy weight he added during NBA coronavirus shutdown

Orlando Magic second-year center Mo Bamba was on a mission during the NBA coronavirus shutdown. He came into the league as a slender 7-footer with athleticism that enabled him to block shots and pop out on the perimeter for occasional 3-point attempts. Bamba, however, wanted to add more to his … Read More

Bevo Beat

Texas basketball, volleyball teams start onboarding process with coronavirus testing

Texas men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball players started the onboarding process Monday to resume voluntary offseason workouts at the UT facilities. All players are tested for COVID-19 and must follow a strict set of protocols should anyone test positive. It’s the same protocols established for the UT football players’ … Read More

Texas ex Jarrett Allen is the last man standing in the Brooklyn Nets’ frontcourt

NEW YORK — Jarrett Allen finds himself in familiar territory. Allen is set to be the starting center for the Brooklyn Nets as they travel south for the NBA’s 22-team resumption of the regular season. He will replace DeAndre Jordan, the veteran center who succeeded Allen as the starter just … Read More

Bevo Beat

Gonzaga among the notable names on UT’s 2020-21 non-conference schedule

Marquee matchups and a trip to Maui are among the highlights on the non-conference schedule for the Texas men’s basketball team, which was released on Thursday. Texas is set to open its 2020-21 season with a home game against Louisiana on Nov. 10. Three days later, the Erwin Center will … Read More

Bevo Beat

Longhorns, Aggies tabbed to participate in the Battleground 2k20 basketball series

This winter, both the Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies will get a chance to play basketball under the Houston Rockets’ roof. On Wednesday, Texas was among the announced participants for the Battleground 2k20 showcase. Texas will play Louisiana Tech as part of a doubleheader that Houston’s Toyota Center will … Read More

Get it in writing: Texas gets 60 protected dates, all gameday revenue in Moody Center contract

Former Texas President Gregory L. Fenves promised the Longhorns’ basketball teams would have first dibs on any scheduling dates in the new $338-million Moody Center. Oak View Group, the California-based outfit that wrote the check, had no issue with that. Best to get it in writing, though. According to the … Read More

Bevo Beat

Keeyan Itejere commits to Texas as 2021 recruiting officially gets underway for Shaka Smart’s program

Shaka Smart and the Texas men’s basketball program received some good news on Monday morning when Keeyan Itejere announced that he will join the Longhorns. Itejere is not currently rated by 247Sports, but he has been ranked among the top 30 prospects from North Carolina. He … Read More