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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Texas 58, TCU 44: Longhorns suffocate Frogs, now one win away from NIT championship

NEW YORK — There was really no need to come all this way to the “World’s Most Famous Arena.” The Longhorns would’ve played the Horned Frogs again on a blacktop in Waco. Beat somebody bad enough, long enough — as TCU has done to Texas the … Read More

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At the buzzer: Texas 58, TCU 44

NEW YORK — It’s been a bumpy ride all year long full of inconsistencies and frustration. But the Longhorns are now one win away from winning a championship. Texas nearly frittered away another double-digit lead against TCU, but coach Shaka Smart’s club held tight down the … Read More

New York sights, sounds energize Dylan Osetkowski, Longhorns heading into NIT semifinals

NEW YORK — Dylan Osetkowski has the right state of mind this week. “Let’s go talk by the window,” the Texas senior said. “I want to look out and see Central Park.” Sure enough, it’s a hell of a view from the sixth floor … Read More

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NIT semifinals preview: Texas vs. TCU

NIT semifinals preview: Texas vs. TCU When: Approximately 8:30 p.m. Tuesday Where: Madison Square Garden (capacity 18,746) TV/radio: ESPN/104.9 The Horn Line: TCU by 1 1/2 About the series: Texas has 108-66 lead in the all-time series that … Read More

Texas 68, Colorado 55: New York-bound Longhorns will meet Horned Frogs in NIT semis

At no point this season has Texas lacked athleticism. This team has enough players to win. At no point has this team been woefully overmatched. Sporadic shooting aside, these Longhorns can be competitive against anyone. The offense can look fluid; it can be putrid. Read More

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At the buzzer: Texas 68, Colorado 55

Start spreading this news: the Longhorns are headed to New York. Forget Hamilton, skip “The MET.” Coach Shaka Smart’s club is headed to Madison Square Garden next week in search of two wins to cap a roller-coaster season on a serious high. Thanks to … Read More

Texas men, recharged by NIT run, host Colorado with a trip to New York at stake

Of course the Longhorns would rather be playing in the NCAA Tournament instead of the NIT. But the frustration from a 16-16 season is long gone, as judged by the smiles in the locker room after wins over South Dakota State and Xavier. Texas … Read More