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On Second Thought Ep 90: Shaka Smart on his happiness at UT; men’s and women’s tourney preview

In an expanded Episode 90 of the On Second Thought podcast, hosts Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls ask guest Shaka Smart if he is still happy as the coach at the University of Texas. Friday’s first-round matchup against Nevada will be his 100th game at Texas. Smart is 50-49. The … Read More

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If the bracket was made out of brisket, Texas would win every time

It’s March in Austin, which means South by Southwest is in full swing. It also means that March Madness is about to start. Nothing combines culture and basketball quite like the bracket, and if you’ve survived this long in the age of the internet you’ve no doubt been subject to … Read More

12 Big things about Big 12 basketball: What to expect this week, month and moving forward

Each week I give you 12 things to know about Big 12 men’s basketball.  12. The Big 12 Tournament and the Tweet of the Week When Kansas announced Udoka Azubuike was not playing, I thought it was Kansas taking a pass on the Big 12 Tournament and being OK with … Read More

Team meetings usually spell trouble, but Texas’ cleared the air, path to the NCAAs

Team meetings can be volatile, hostile and all-around unpredictable affairs. Typically, things look bleak. Players don’t organize team meetings to pat each other on the back. In Texas’ case, the 74-73 double-overtime loss to Baylor on Feb. 12 prompted one such gathering where even coach Shaka … Read More

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Trigger warning: Texas, Nevada have faced each other in the NCAA Tournament before

Does something feel familiar about this NCAA Tournament first-round matchup for Texas? It should. The Longhorns met Nevada under similar circumstances in 2005, a meeting that will stir bad memories for burnt orange diehards. Eighth-seeded Texas led in the final minutes before allowing the No. 9 seed … Read More

‘Nev-ADD-uh’ piles up the points this season while Texas has struggled

All this time, you’ve been pronouncing it wrong. It’s Nev-ADD-uh, not Neh-VAH-duh, according to school officials. And it’s the Wolf Pack, not to be confused with Wolfpack, which is North Carolina State’s mascot. The NCAA Tournament selection committee had no problems finding the college … Read More

Texas freshman Mo Bamba on his sprained toe: ‘I think I’m at 100 percent’

Texas freshman Mo Bamba played only 14 minutes in last week’s Big 12 tournament as trainers kept him off that sprained left toe. Now, he’s ready for the NCAA Tournament. “I think I’m at 100 percent,” the Big 12’s leading rebounder and shot blocker said Sunday. Read More

The A-B-Cs of the NCAAs: Longhorns wait it out, then see their name ‘and we were amped’

Sunday was a day for childhood sing-a-longs. The NCAA Tournament selection show was broadcast on TBS for the first time, and network officials decided to unveil most of the field in alphabetical order. So that meant Alabama was in. Same for Arizona State. All … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Dylan Osetkowski has to wake up against Nevada

Basketball gods calling Dylan Osetkowski. Come in, Dylan Osetkowski. Texas’ junior forward has the talent to transform this up-and-down offense into something workable, but he doesn’t show up every day. That’s been the bugaboo about D.O.: The Longhorn camp just doesn’t know which one will show up from game to … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Longhorns short on experience, not confidence

Some free advice if you’re writing off the Longhorns in your bracket. Don’t tell Texas it’s a 10th seed. Forget suggesting first-round opponent Nevada is a terrible matchup for Shaka Smart’s roller-coaster of a club since the high-scoring Wolf Pack have a big, versatile lineup across the board and average … Read More

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Dancing again! After difficult season, Longhorns back in NCAA Tournament

The Longhorns fought through numerous obstacles this season and faced some long odds at times. But Texas is still going dancing. The Texas men’s team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday after putting together a 19-14 campaign and finishing tied for sixth … Read More

Cancer, bad toes and $1,500: A look inside Texas’ improbable journey back to the NCAAs

Initially, this had the look of being the best season in Shaka Smart’s three years with the Longhorns. Texas was 10-4 after an overtime win at Iowa State on Jan. 1, and there was optimism abound. But Jase Febres knew something was wrong with teammate Andrew … Read More

Texas Tech 73, Texas 69: Jacob Young runs wild, but Red Raiders run Longhorns out of Big 12 tournament

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Last March, Texas coach Shaka Smart leaned against the wall inside Sprint Center and fielded garden-variety questions about his personnel. Except one. Was Jacob Young truly a Big 12-caliber basketball player? “I believe so. I think he definitely is,” Smart said 364 … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas may or may not pass eyeball test after this black eye

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Shaka Smart was downright mystified by his team Thursday night. Join the crowd, Coach. You’ve got company. But of course, Texas has been a mystery this entire uneven season. The third-year boss was dumbfounded by a curious Texas team that got off to its characteristic, woeful … Read More

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At the buzzer: Texas Tech 73, Texas 69

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you had Jacob Young in your who-saves-Texas’-postseason-bacon pool, you came awfully close to being a big winner. The Texas sophomore played out of his mind, piling up a career-high 29 points in what was easily his best game as a Longhorn. Read More

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LOOK: Kerwin Roach gets assist from Kansas City dentist after losing tooth

When Texas guard Kerwin Roach flashes his signature grin Thursday at the Big 12 Tournament, it’ll look like nothing ever happened. However, everyone who watched the Longhorns play Iowa State knows that Roach had a dental emergency Wednesday night. Thanks to an elbow in the face from Cyclones guard Lindell … Read More

12 Big things about Big 12 basketball: The tournament and who you should trust next week

Each week I give you 12 things to know about Big 12 men’s basketball.  12. The Big 12 postseason awards Player of the Year: Devonté Graham, Kansas, senior It became clear in the last two weeks of the regular season this was coming. It was surprising he was a unanimous … Read More

Texas 68, Iowa State 64: Longhorns still motoring along with Shaka Smart’s MacGyver lineup

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Remember that three-game losing streak just before Valentine’s Day? Texas looked like Big 12 roadkill. Prepare the season obituary, or so it seemed. Then the Longhorns lost big man Mo Bamba and Eric Davis Jr., leaving coach Shaka Smart to MacGyver … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Foul-prone Matt Coleman rises to the Longhorns’ rescue

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Matt Coleman accepted the pats on the back and the well wishes from giddy Longhorns fans who’d made the long trip. The freshman smiled broadly as a stranger congratulated him on his game-sealing jumper in the final 44 seconds, the last bucket of the game and … Read More

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At the buzzer: Texas 68, Iowa State 64

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Texas, the worst 3-point shooting team in the Big 12, tried to shoot its own way out of the NCAA Tournament. Dylan Osetkowski opened the game Wednesday with a barrage of missed 3-pointers and his teammates took turns missing from long range … Read More