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On Second Thought Ep 172: ESPN’s LaPhonso Ellis on the NCAAs, Shaka and the Coronavirus fallout; Texas softball coach Mike White

In Episode 172 of the On Second Thought podcast, hosts Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden break down the coronavirus fallout and how the sports world will move forward. They also broach the subject with ESPN analyst LaPhonso Ellis — who gives his take on Shaka Smart’s job situation — and Texas … Read More

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NCAA Tournament canceled, Big 12 suspends all activities over coronavirus outbreak

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — March Madness is over because of the novel coronavirus. Less than an hour before tipoff Thursday, Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte called Shaka Smart, who was in the Sprint Center locker room. The Longhorns’ coach then gave his lieutenant Cody … Read More

March minus the madness: Big 12, NCAA ban fans from basketball tournaments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby looked downtrodden Wednesday when he announced the league’s men’s and women’s basketball tournaments would have limited fan access over COVID-19 fears. The league made the decision at the end of a whirlwind day where the NCAA took … Read More

Are Texas, Texas Tech facing off in an NCAA play-in game? ’It may be or it may not’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Fears over COVID-19 rattled college administrators this week. But at least things were somewhat normal Wednesday inside the Sprint Center. Music blared as Texas Tech went through a 45-minute shoot-around. Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, The Notorious B.I.G. and, of course, “One Shining … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Even if it is an over-reaction, the NCAA wisely chooses to shut public out

The NCAA did the prudent thing. It canceled the fans. With the outbreak of the coronavirus spreading fear and uncertainty in this country, the NCAA Board of Governors did the right thing by announcing it would close the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments to the public and hold these … Read More

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Big 12 announces ‘limited attendance’ policy for men’s, women’s basketball tournaments

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby announced Wednesday that only a small number of fans would be allowed into the league’s men’s and women’s basketball tournaments this week in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. The league made the decision at the … Read More

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Big 12 tournament men’s preview: No. 4 seed Texas vs. No. 5 seed Texas Tech

No. 4 seed Texas vs. No. 5 seed Texas Tech When: 11:30 a.m. Thursday Where: Sprint Center (capacity 18,972) TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 87-61. The Red Raiders have a 6-4 edge in … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball: At this point, Texas has better NCAA résumé than Tech

The Big 12 Tournament is here. Selection Sunday is THIS SUNDAY.  Let’s break down the 2020 Big 12 Tournament taking place in Kansas City. 12. How Kansas State wins it all In “Space Jam,” Bugs Bunny convinces his team to drink his lucky water. J.K. Rowling stole this plot point … Read More

Texas athletic director comfortable sending athletes into competition over virus fears

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As coronavirus fears grow, Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said Tuesday he’s comfortable sending Longhorns athletes into competition this week because “we’re following every protocol that we know.” The Texas men’s and women’s basketball teams are headed to Kansas City to … Read More

If Longhorns follow Smart’s mantra, they’ll focus on the moment in Big 12 Tournament

If Texas coach Shaka Smart has stressed anything over the past five seasons, it’s the importance of focusing on being in the moment. Rarely has that been more important than this week. The Longhorns finished the regular season in a four-way tie … Read More

Oklahoma State 81, Texas 59: With a big crowd and high hopes, Longhorns blown out

Well, now what? What needs to happen at the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, which begins Wednesday? What does the NCAA Tournament selection committee do with Texas? What does UT athletic director Chris Del Conte do with coach Shaka Smart? … Read More

Like the Longhorns, home finale gives Texas fans a chance to bounce back as well

Can’t find a bottom in the stock market? Try selling men’s basketball tickets at Texas. Attendance at Longhorns men’s basketball games dwindled this season down to staggering levels as apathy took root. Fans support winners, and by mid-February, the Horns hadn’t done much winning. Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas vs. Oklahoma State

Texas vs. Oklahoma State When: 3 p.m. Saturday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 52-44. The Longhorns led from start to finish in Stillwater on Jan. 15, capturing a … Read More

Texas’ Brock Cunningham is hell-bent on stirring things up for surging Longhorns

It was impossible to watch the Westlake boys basketball team the last few years and not notice Brock Cunningham. The guy was literally everywhere, diving for everything and battling everybody. The 6-6 forward was not one of Texas coach Shaka Smart’s typical recruits. He wasn’t one … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball: Looking into immediate future of the schools’ hoops programs

12. Return of the Jayhawk The Kansas Jayhawks are the 2020 Big 12 basketball champions. Whether Baylor joins them Saturday or not is up to West Virginia. In a year dominated by the Bears, Kansas came on strong late, beat Baylor in Waco, avoided the road upset at Kansas State … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 171: Brian Davis on Shaka Smart’s resurrection: NFL Network’s Charles Davis on Texas players at the Combine

In Episode 171 of the On Second Thought podcast, American-Statesman basketball beat writer Brian Davis joins Ced and Kirk with his thoughts on the resurgence of Texas and what it means for Shaka Smart. The NFL Network’s Charles Davis discusses the combine and how wide receivers – Devin Duvernay and … Read More

Texas 52, Oklahoma 51: A stunning game-winner for a stampeding bunch of Longhorns

NORMAN, Okla. — If you can dream it, you can do it. At least, that’s what Matt Coleman III and Courtney Ramey believe. So when the moment arrived Tuesday night, the two Texas guards were prepared. “I just know that Matt and I talked about … Read More

With so many injuries, Texas’ Shaka Smart has element of surprise working for Longhorns

Opposing coaches sure seem frustrated lately after facing the Longhorns. Texas’ backups are driving people crazy during this four-game winning streak. TCU’s Jamie Dixon looked at the stat sheet and couldn’t believe how freshman Will Baker hit four 3-pointers. “If you’re a numbers guy or a … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas at Oklahoma

Texas at Oklahoma When: 8 p.m. Tuesday Where: Lloyd Noble Center (capacity 11,528) TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn About the series: Oklahoma leads the all-time series 56-40. The Sooners won the last matchup earlier this season 72-62 in Austin. The Horns … Read More

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Texas guard Andrew Jones’ remarkable story continues, named Big 12 player of the week

After yet another big performance, Texas guard Andrew Jones stressed how his health is just fine. “I feel good,” Jones said after matching his career high with 22 points Saturday. “Starting to find my footing a little bit. Starting to get my feet underneath me again.” … Read More