Men's Basketball Archives

Why are all of Texas’ best non-conference games on the road for the 2019-20 season?

Basketball scheduling is a painstaking task best handled by gluttons for punishment. The final product is subjective art. You like it or hate it. A casual glance of the 2019-20 Texas men’s basketball non-conference schedule unveiled Tuesday has some eye-catching characteristics. Coach Shaka Smart’s club will … Read More

Bevo Beat

Pack your bags: Texas’ best non-conference games in 2019-20 are away from Austin

The Texas men’s basketball team will play some of its best non-conference games — including a matchup against longtime rival Texas A&M — away from the Erwin Center this season. Coach Shaka Smart’s club will open the season Nov. 5 at home … Read More

Bevo Beat

Kerwin Roach, Dylan Osetkowski both sign with NBA summer league teams

Two Texas seniors who went undrafted will still get their chance to impress NBA general managers. Guard Kerwin Roach II has signed a free-agent deal to join the Charlotte Hornets’ summer league team. Forward Dylan Osetkowski reached a deal to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers this … Read More

Texas’ Jaxson Hayes drafted 8th overall, now headed to New Orleans with Zion Williamson

By now, it’s well established that Texas cultivates talented big men that make NBA scouts drool. How the Longhorns accumulate multiple first-round draft picks and still can’t win big is a matter for another day. Jaxson Hayes, an incredibly talented 6-11 freshman with a sky-high upside, … Read More

The Texas Ten: Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Micaya White thrived as our 2018-19 Longhorns to watch

Last September, Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte knew that starting a pre-game fan festival before home football games might get off to a bumpy start. Alas, Bevo Boulevard was a bona fide success. “The goal is to try something awesome,” Del Conte said at the … Read More

Bevo Beat

We meet again?: Longhorns-Aggies to stage men’s basketball game on Dec. 8 in Fort Worth

The Lone Star Showdown is finally starting up again. Well, sort of. Texas and Texas A&M will play a non-conference men’s basketball game on Dec. 8 at the new Dickies Arena in downtown Fort Worth, the facility announced Friday. The facility, the new home to the … Read More

Bevo Beat

Texas announces the hiring of Michigan assistant basketball coach Luke Yaklich

On Friday morning, the Texas men’s basketball program announced that it had hired Luke Yaklich to join Shaka Smart’s coaching staff. Yaklich replaces Darrin Horn, who took over Northern Kentucky’s basketball program in April. For the past two seasons, Yaklich worked as an assistant coach for John Beilein … Read More

Texas coach Shaka Smart interviewing Michigan assistant Luke Yaklich for opening

Texas coach Shaka Smart spent Thursday talking with Michigan assistant Luke Yaklich about filling the Longhorns’ current opening on the men’s basketball staff, two sources familiar with the interview said. Yaklich, known as Michigan’s top defensive assistant on former coach John Beilein’s staff, … Read More

School’s out, so now Texas freshman Jaxson Hayes can truly start on his NBA future

Every college athlete always has that same dazed, just-left-class look whenever they reach the east side of the Texas campus. NBA-bound freshman Jaxson Hayes set his backpack down on Wednesday with a heavy sigh. “Just left class,” Hayes said, practically grunting. You truly get … Read More

Bevo Beat

Texas G Eli Mitrou-Long puts his name into NCAA transfer portal

Texas guard Eli Mitrou-Long announced on Twitter that he will “take my talent elsewhere” and look for another team, most likely as a graduate transfer after finishing school at UT this summer. “Appreciate the University of Texas,” Mitrou-Long posted on Thursday. “For not only taking me … Read More

Bevo Beat

Texas assistant Darrin Horn to become head coach at Northern Kentucky

Darrin Horn took exceptional big men and made them better on the basketball court. As one of Texas coach Shaka Smart’s assistants the last four years, Horn helped Prince Ibeh become the Big 12’s best defensive player. Jarrett Allen and Mo Bamba became first-round draft picks. Read More

Bevo Beat

NBA-bound Jaxson Hayes becomes latest one-and-done Longhorn

Texas freshman Jaxson Hayes was supposed to be an anchor for the future. Instead, he’s merely the latest one-and-done Longhorn headed to the NBA draft. The school announced Thursday what practically everyone inside Cooley Pavilion already knew. Hayes will hire an agent and start immediately on … Read More

Offseason lift: Shaka Smart balances NIT excitement over Texas’ real goals of NCAA glory

There’s a weird balance one strikes at the end of an NIT championship run. Sure, any college basketball coach would be happy to win a postseason tournament. But this wasn’t the goal. It’s never the goal at a major school like Texas. Shaka Smart has … Read More

NIT notebook: Royce Hamm’s layup, block, energy stabilized Texas in first half

NEW YORK — Royce Hamm Jr. is remarkably consistent in one crucial way. When Texas coaches put the sophomore into the game, something good usually happens. Hamm is known for his energy off the bench, and the Longhorns needed a spark midway through the first … Read More

Texas 81, Lipscomb 66: After up-and-down season, Longhorns are NIT champions

NEW YORK — Eventually, the specifics about what happened this season in various outposts like Stillwater, Athens or Lubbock will fade into oblivion. How big were those leads against Michigan State and Baylor? What was the name of that dude who blocked the shot at … Read More

Bevo Beat

At the buzzer: Texas 81, Lipscomb 66

NEW YORK — Texas players were insistent. They came all this way. Why not win the NIT? “Man, I just feel like it would cap off our season,” freshman Courtney Ramey said after the semifinals. “The ups and down and turns, it would be a great … Read More

Bevo Beat

On Second Thought Ep 132: UTA’s Chris Ogden on mentors Barnes and Beard; Shaka’s mentality before NIT title tilt

UT-Arlington coach Chris Ogden joins Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls for Episode 132 of On Second Thought and discusses the importance of his relationship with mentors Rick Barnes and Chris Beard. He also breaks down Tech’s chance to win a NCAA title this weekend. Also, Texas beat writer Brian … Read More

With an NIT championship win, Texas can complete its own Broadway revival

NEW YORK — In this town, nothing ever dies. It always finds new life. Theater houses have put up Porgy and Bess revivals darn near every decade since the 1940s. Guys and Dolls always draws a crowd. They’ll be doing The King and I and … Read More

Bevo Beat

NIT championship preview: Texas vs. Lipscomb

NIT championship preview: Texas vs. Lipscomb When: 6 p.m. Thursday Where: Madison Square Garden (capacity 18,746) TV/radio: ESPN/104.9 The Horn Line: Texas by 1 1/2 About the series: Texas has a 2-0 all-time series lead in games that … Read More

Bevo Beat

Texas’ Shaka Smart downplays UCLA as Bruins reportedly focus on TCU’s Jamie Dixon

NEW YORK — Texas coach Shaka Smart downplayed a report in the Los Angeles Times that he was being considered among the second tier of candidates should UCLA not get its top pick, most likely TCU’s Jamie Dixon. “I’m focused on our team. My plan is … Read More