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Texas 68, No. 22 Texas Tech 58: Smart’s club takes fight to Red Raiders, wins fourth straight

LUBBOCK — For the first time in ages, Texas looked like Texas. The aggressiveness, the shot-making, the defense, the rebounding, the coaching, the energy. It was all on display Saturday in a pulse-pounding 68-58 win over No. 22 Texas Tech. “Shaka!” Tech coach Chris … Read More

Texas President Gregory Fenves among those perking up over Longhorns’ three-game surge

LUBBOCK — Texas’ recent three-game winning streak has turned some heads. “Just like all great teams do, they responded,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. “They’re playing their best basketball when it matters most.” The Longhorns (17-11, 7-8 Big 12) are now listed … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas at No. 22 Texas Tech

Texas at No. 22 Texas Tech When: 11 a.m. Saturday Where: United Supermarkets Arena (capacity 15,000) TV/radio: ESPN/104.9 The Horn About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 86-61. The Red Raiders won the last matchup in Austin 62-57. The … Read More

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Black History Month at Texas: Jimmy Blacklock

Throughout Black History Month, the American-Statesman will take a daily look at the black athletes who have had a lasting impact in Texas’ athletic department. Today, we are writing about basketball player Jimmy Blacklock. One year after Sam Bradley integrated UT’s basketball program, Texas signed Blacklock out of Tyler Junior … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball: KU rises to No.1 but Baylor is still good; Huge week for Texas Tech

Let’s a take a look at the landscape of the Big 12. 12. Kansas and Baylor play an epic game, KU wins Even as Baylor nearly overcame a 7-point deficit in the final minutes to cut the lead to 1-point, and had a chance to send the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shaka has Texas still breathing ahead of Saturday’s pivotal matchup in Lubbock

Still breathing. Somehow. Don’t count out the Texas men just yet. With three games remaining in the regular season, the narrative has changed from Texas being so bad that they wouldn’t even warrant invitations to the lesser postseason tournaments to now having a pulse. Still breathing entering Saturday’s road test … Read More

Texas 67, No. 20 West Virginia 57: Short-handed Horns building momentum, win third straight

Ten days ago, Courtney Ramey’s unshakeable confidence, his unmistakable desire to win, was on full display after an embarrassing 29-point loss at Iowa State. Was he worried about Texas’ season? Heck, no, Ramey said outside a quiet locker room at Hilton Coliseum in Ames. The Longhorns … Read More

As Texas quietly regroups, there’s still a narrow path for the Longhorns to reach the NCAAs

Most Texas fans have moved on to baseball and softball as everyone waits for spring football to begin. But Shaka Smart’s Longhorns quietly regrouped last week with two victories that few noticed. Texas snapped a four-game losing streak by beating TCU at home in front of … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas vs. No. 17 West Virginia

Texas vs. No. 17 West Virginia When: 6 p.m. Monday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/radio: ESPNU/104.9 The Horn About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 11-9. The Mountaineers humiliated the Horns earlier this season in Morgantown, winning 97-59 … Read More

Red-hot Courtney Ramey carries Texas to win at K-State

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State’s futility streak reached turn-of-the-century levels Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum. Texas used a 13-point surge late in the first half to take control, and the Wildcats were unable to mount a serious challenge the rest of the way as they dropped their seventh straight 70-59. It … Read More

Texas regents set to approve new basketball, rowing practice facility costing $60 million

The Longhorns’ near-unstoppable athletic expansion continued Friday when details began to emerge about a new basketball and rowing practice facility. Texas officials knew they’d have to carve out a spot for the men’s and women’s basketball teams to practice. Cooley Pavilion, like the Erwin Center, … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas at Kansas State

Texas at Kansas State When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Bramlage Coliseum (capacity 12,528) TV/radio: CBS/104.9 The Horn About the series: Kansas State leads the all-time series 22-17. The Longhorns won the previous matchup on Jan. 11 in Austin 64-50. Matt … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball: Shaka’s fate, Baylor as the 2020 Democratic presidential field and the de facto title game

12. I guess we’ll address Chris Beard, Texas and Shaka Smart Texas beat TCU on Wednesday 70-56. It was some of the best basketball the Longhorns have played in a while. No one was there to see it. The Texas student section is ready … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 169: Texas AD Chris Del Conte addresses Shaka’s future; Baylor HC Aranda likes Baylor’s prospects

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte joins the On Second Thought podcast this week and addresses the elephant in the room that is head basketball coach Shaka Smart and his future at Texas. Del Conte also gives an update on facility construction around campus, including the new basketball arena and … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Hot-shooting Baker provides bee-line for Texas victory

The announced attendance of 8,395 fans at the Erwin Center — dare say maybe a thousand or so dotted the stands in the early moments of the game before the crowd grew to maybe half of the charitable, disclosed figure — were treated to all sorts of weird on Wednesday … Read More

Texas 70, TCU 56: Finally, Will Baker finds his touch as Horns snap losing streak

Will Baker’s 3-point shooting numbers game after game all looked the same this season. He started 0-for-3 against Northern Colorado. Then, 0-for-3 at Providence and 0-for-4 at West Virginia. Oh, for Pete’s sake, why does this 6-foot-11 freshman keep firing away from long range? Heading into … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas vs. TCU

Texas vs. TCU When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 110-68. The Longhorns won the last matchup 62-61 in Fort Worth on Jan. 29. In … Read More

Shaka Smart: Texas forward Jericho Sims out the rest of the regular season

Texas coach Shaka Smart went through a laundry list of injuries Monday and acknowledged that forward Jericho Sims will likely miss the rest of the season with back problems. For now, the 6-9 junior will “not be playing for the foreseeable future in terms of, you … Read More

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Black History Month at Texas: Kevin Durant

Throughout Black History Month, the American-Statesman will take a daily look at the black athletes who have had a lasting impact in Texas’ athletic department. Today, we are writing about basketball player Kevin Durant. Durant only spent one year at Texas, but he made his time count. How much of … Read More

Iowa State 81, Texas 52: ‘That’s frustrating to me, to see the look on people’s faces, that they kind of gave up’

AMES, Iowa — Forget the NCAA Tournament. And for the moment, set aside the NIT. At this point, Texas needs to focus on finishing the regular season with a winning record. A winning record? Yes, that’s how far the Longhorns have fallen … Read More