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Momentum shifting: A huge week for Texas starts with first-place Kansas State on Tuesday

This feels like a week where the Texas men’s basketball program can get its mojo back. After that embarrassing Georgia loss on Jan. 26, coach Shaka Smart’s club has won three of its last four against Big 12 opponents. That includes a win over Kansas … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas vs. No. 18 Kansas State

Texas vs. No. 18 Kansas State When: 8 p.m. Tuesday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn About the series: Kansas State leads the all-time series 16-21. The Longhorns snapped a four-game losing streak in the series with … Read More

Texas 75, West Virginia 53: After this blowout, Courtney Ramey’s not a timid freshman any more

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Texas guard Courtney Ramey, a freshman, has been doing what freshmen do. They defer to the veterans and wait their turn. “Early on, I was taking a backseat to people,” Ramey said. “I was just trying to fit in, not try to step … Read More

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At the buzzer: Texas 75, West Virginia 53

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Texas was flat embarrassed by West Virginia last season. The Mountaineers’ 35-point win at WVU Coliseum was the most lopsided loss in UT coach Shaka Smart’s tenure in Austin. Texas returned the favor Saturday night. Kerwin Roach II opened the second … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas at West Virginia

Texas at West Virginia When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: WVU Coliseum (capacity 14,000) TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 10-8. The Longhorns won 61-54 when the two teams met in Austin on Jan. 5. Read More

12 Big Things to know about Big 12 basketball: The who, what, when and where of winning the league

Here are 12 big things I’ve noticed this week about one of college basketball’s best leagues. 12. Recapping the action the last few days The biggest surprise was Kansas beating Texas Tech by 16 points this weekend. I thought TTU would win. My … Read More

Texas 84, Baylor 72: Unhappy with the standings, Longhorns ready to do something about it

Maybe the Longhorns have been watching too much TV. Or perhaps some of them have been staring at the Big 12 standings, ESPN’s “Bracketology” or kenpom.com. It sounds like Texas players finally realize what’s been obvious for weeks: This team can still finish in the … Read More

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At the buzzer: Texas 84, Baylor 72

Texas knocked that streak-free shine off Baylor with a 84-72 victory on Wednesday at the Erwin Center. The Bears came in riding a six-game winning streak to hold a spot atop the Big 12 standings. That’s now gone. So is the team’s six-game series winning streak … Read More

First the women’s team, now here comes the Baylor men looking to topple Texas

It’s borderline criminal that Baylor is not listed among the top 25 teams in college basketball. Associated Press Top 25 voters must be preoccupied with the Zion Williamson dunk-of-the-night. Or they’re falling all over themselves still asking why Texas fired Rick Barnes. Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas vs. Baylor

Texas vs. Baylor 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 162-90, but Baylor has been on a torrid streak. The Bears have won six straight … Read More

Iowa State 65, Texas 60: Matt Coleman’s swagger returns, but Horns can’t finish off Cyclones

AMES, Iowa — Like all coaches, Texas’ Shaka Smart steals anything he can — specific plays, philosophy, inspirational messages, you name it — from other coaches. His favorite is usually Alabama’s Nick Saban. On Saturday, Smart sat guard Matt Coleman III down in front of a … Read More

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At the buzzer: Iowa State 65, Texas 60

AMES, Iowa — At first, Iowa State tried to give Saturday’s game away by missing from point-blank range and turning it over. Texas wouldn’t take it. Then, the Cyclones tried to hit the gas pedal with an 11-0 run down the stretch. But the Longhorns wouldn’t … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas at No. 20 Iowa State

Texas at No. 20 Iowa State When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Hilton Coliseum (capacity 14,384) TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn About the series: Texas holds the all-time series lead 22-16. The Longhorns have won four straight in the series, including both games during … Read More

Action Jaxson: Texas freshman following a unique path through Austin, possibly straight to the NBA

The random sequence of life events that brought Jaxson Hayes to Texas is every bit as impressive as his soaring alley-oop dunks. Start in 1995. Kristi Kinne was the star of the Drake women’s basketball team. She was easily one of the best in Iowa history. Read More

12 Big Things to know about Big 12 basketball: Baylor rolling, Kansas stumbling

Here are 12 big things I’ve noticed this week about one of college basketball’s best leagues. 12. Baylor surge It’s time to take a look at Baylor (14-6, 5-2 in the Big 12) as a possible team that can win the league. Kansas … Read More

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Bohls: He’s baaack; Rick Barnes returns to state with offensive-minded, top-ranked Vols

Rick Barnes is coming home. Well, in the neighborhood. The former Texas basketball coach will return to his old stomping grounds, or at least the vicinity, when he brings his firecracker-hot Tennessee team to College Station on Saturday for an SEC battle with Texas A&M. His rampaging Volunteers are the … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 124: Is Texas hoops back after KU win? Tennessee coach Rick Barnes on Vols’ resurgence

Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden examine the significance of Texas’ win over Kansas and its effect on embattled coach Shaka Smart in Episode 124 of the On Second Thought podcast. Former Texas coach Rick Barnes, now heading the top-ranked Tennessee Volunteers, talks about his current team and a chance … Read More

Texas 73, Kansas 63: Longhorns exhale after finally ending 10-game skid to Jayhawks

Texas seniors Kerwin Roach II and Dylan Osetkowski knew Tuesday’s game against No. 11 Kansas was big. A 30-minute team meeting before shoot-around drove the point home. UT coach Shaka Smart knew it was critical. At one point, he was down on one knee, banging both … Read More

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At the buzzer: Texas 73, Kansas 63

Close games aren’t Texas’ speciality. Best to blow your opponent out. A double-digit victory over the reigning 14-time Big 12 champions is as good as its gets. In what felt like a must-win situation, Texas battled its way to a 73-63 victory over … Read More

Kansas matchup looks like gut-check moment for Shaka Smart, Texas basketball

If you’re a basketball player who can dribble, then it’s easy to get pumped up for Kansas. “I mean, it’s Kansas,” Texas senior Dylan Osetkowski said. “Once you go to college, everybody wants to play against Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, those types of schools.” For … Read More