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The NIT offers Texas’ younger players a chance to gain more confidence for next season

To start the day with some optimism, Texas forward Jaxson Hayes saw another specialist on Friday about his left knee injury and it was decided there was no structural damage. Hayes, the Big 12 freshman of the year, does not need surgery. “We are expecting … Read More

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NIT second round preview: Texas vs. Xavier

No. 2 seed Texas vs. No. 3 seed Xavier When: 3 p.m. Sunday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/radio: ESPN/104.9 The Horn Tickets: Tickets are $12 and $14 and can be purchased through the Texas box office. The arena’s upper … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 131: Texas hoops legend Lance Blanks on why Shaka Smart needs one more season

Texas legend Lance Blanks believes Texas basketball coach Shaka Smart should get another year to turn things around. He tells us why and breaks down the NCAA Tournament bracket in Episode 131 of the On Second Thought podcast. Hosts Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls also give their picks to … Read More

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Texas-Xavier to meet in NIT’s second round at Erwin Center

Texas guard Eli Mitrou-Long planned on some rest and relaxation after a first-round NIT win over South Dakota State. “Thankfully, there’s no school,” Mitrou-Long said, referring to the fact that UT is on spring break this week. “I think we’ll be able to sit back, just … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: With its fan base MIA, Texas basketball trudges along in the NIT

So if only 1,739 people showed up to the Erwin Center to witness Texas win an NIT game, did it really happen? Allow me to answer in the affirmative with one addendum: The fans have checked out. To steal a line from Air Supply, they’re all out of love. The … Read More

Texas 79, South Dakota State 73: Few saw it, but Horns hold tight to win NIT opener

Hope springs eternal. That’s until someone closes the shut-off valve. Last week at the Big 12 tournament, a reporter told Texas senior Dylan Osetkowski that no .500 team had ever received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. “Once I heard that, it was like … Read More

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At the buzzer: Texas 79, South Dakota State 73

The NIT is the college basketball equivalent of an early December bowl game. The winner is solely determined by who truly wants to be there. Ignored by the NCAA Tournament selection committee, Texas came out locked and loaded Tuesday against South Dakota State. The Longhorns built … Read More

Six particularly stinging losses that kept Texas out of the NCAA Tournament

The men’s basketball season isn’t over, although some would argue otherwise. Thus, Texas coach Shaka Smart isn’t ready to dissect how a promising campaign turned so blah. “I’ll talk to you as much as you want when we’re done, but for right now, we can’t … Read More

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NIT preview: Texas vs. South Dakota State

Texas vs. South Dakota State When: 8 p.m. Tuesday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/radio: ESPN/104.9 The Horn Tickets: Tickets range from $12 to $14 and can be purchased through the Texas box office. The upper deck of the arena … Read More

NCAAs was ‘a long shot’ but Texas now turns the page to NIT, South Dakota State

There was little surprise and virtually no outrage in burnt-orange circles on Sunday when Texas was left out of the NCAA Tournament. The Longhorns were 16-16 this season. The selection committee has never given a .500 team an at-large invitation for the field of 68. No … Read More

Knee injury will sideline Texas freshman Jaxson Hayes for NIT games

Texas freshman Jaxson Hayes had an MRI on his left knee injury suffered at the Big 12 tournament and will need further evaluation, coach Shaka Smart said. The 6-foot-11 forward will not play Tuesday in the NIT opener against South Dakota State, and his career … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: March Madness equals sadness in Austin but what of Shaka?

Texas didn’t get in and Shaka Smart will be back. The mess that’s been the 2019 basketball season took a predictable turn when the Longhorns were not one of the 68 teams announced as part of the NCAA basketball tournament field. March Sadness has descended upon our fair city … Read More

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Texas will host South Dakota State in NIT’s first round on Tuesday

The NCAA Tournament selection committee invited plenty of Big 12 teams to March Madness. But Texas wasn’t one of them. The Longhorns did not hear their name called Sunday when the field of 68 was unveiled on CBS. Texas finished 16-16 this season. No .500 team … Read More

Sources: NCAA Tournament bid or not, Texas administrators sticking with Shaka Smart

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte has stiff-armed all questions about men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart for weeks. Anyone who brings up Smart’s job status, the jovial administrator with a larger-than-life personality simply says, “I’m not going there.” Del Conte knows that Longhorns … Read More

Kansas 65, Texas 57: Longhorns’ season isn’t over, but this sure felt like a funeral

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The locker room felt like a funeral home. Players spoke in hushed tones. Trainers moved about in silence. Everyone had one goal late Thursday at Sprint Center: Put on your sweats, turn on your headphones and get to the bus. Read More

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At the buzzer: Kansas 65, Texas 57

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Who really knows how ESPN calculates its analytics, but the network offered up a rather startling statistic during Thursday’s broadcast of the Texas-Kansas game. The Longhorns had a 51 percent chance of making the NCAA Tournament if they beat the third-seeded Jayhawks. Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Who knows the fates of Texas, Smart, Hayes? Mr. Bubble, that’s who.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At long last, the Mr. Bubble column returns. Whether you like it or not. Sorry if it makes you cringe, we’re duty-bound to scribble out the annual essay that addresses all the major issues of the day pertaining to that round hoop. So plunge ahead at … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 130: Tom Herman’s biggest worry entering spring, Shaka’s Horns and the NCAA bubble

Texas began its quest to improve upon its Sugar Bowl win and 10-4 season with the start of spring football. What are Tom Herman’s biggest concerns? Also, Shaka Smart’s coaching seat just warmed up. Brian Davis joins hosts Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls and gives us a primer before Texas’ … Read More

Simple enough: Beat Kansas in Kansas City, and Texas is likely in the NCAA Tournament

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Longhorns face one of those fork-in-the-road moments Thursday night at the Big 12 tournament. Beat third-seeded Kansas, and sixth-seeded Texas is likely in the NCAA Tournament. Lose to the Jayhawks, and it’s likely the NIT. “That’s what … Read More

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Texas G Kerwin Roach reinstated, will play against Kansas at Big 12 tournament

Texas coach Shaka Smart said Monday that suspended guard Kerwin Roach II will be reinstated this week and play in the Big 12 tournament. The sixth-seeded Longhorns (16-15, 8-10 Big 12) will face the third-seeded Kansas Jayhawks (23-8, 12-6) at approximately 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Sprint … Read More