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Oklahoma’s Trae Young — college basketball’s No. 1 attraction — makes his Texas tour stop

The best show in college basketball rolls into Austin on Saturday. No, we’re not talking about ESPN’s GameDay, which will be at the Erwin Center for the first time in nine years. Trae Young will be making his one — and surely only — appearance in town before … Read More

Super Saturday: ESPN puts its eyes on Texas-OU as Longhorns prepare for electric Trae Young

The disappointment over Wednesday night’s overtime loss at Texas Tech should have vanished the moment Texas’ team plane hit the tarmac in Austin. Sure, the Longhorns could spend time kicking themselves over the heart-breaking loss. But now comes Saturday’s date with 12th-ranked Oklahoma and electric freshman … Read More

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Preview: Texas vs. No. 12 Oklahoma

Texas vs. No. 12 Oklahoma When: 5:15 p.m. Saturday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/Radio: ESPN/104.9 The Horn About the series: Oklahoma leads the all-time series 54-37. The Sooners have dominated the series of late, winning six of the last … Read More

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Texas commits to an on-campus basketball arena, opens process for bids

The University of Texas has officially narrowed its list of possible locations for a new basketball arena that could have a projected cost of $350-$450 million. UT President Gregory L. Fenves announced Friday that the new arena will either go on the parking lot just south … Read More

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By the numbers: Mo Bamba is throwing a record-breaking Texas block party

With his seven blocks last night at Texas Tech, Mohamed Bamba broke the record for blocks in a season by a Texas player and also surpassed the mark for Big 12 freshmen. He’s not done yet. Not even close. The calendar flipped to February after Bamba broke former Longhorn Chris Owens’s record … Read More

12 Big things about Big 12 basketball: The halfway point of conference play

Each week I give you 12 things to know about Big 12 men’s basketball. Here’s last week’s column.  It’s halftime of the Big 12, it’s time to evaluate some things. 12. The SEC-Big 12 Challenge The Southeastern Conference won the challenge for the first time last week … Read More

No. 10 Texas Tech 73, Texas 71 (OT): Free throws, who made them and who didn’t, make the difference

LUBBOCK — Wednesday’s wild night on the South Plains was one of those clip-and-save teachable lessons for every grade-school, middle or high school basketball athlete coming up through the ranks. For every swished 3-pointer or in-your-face block, there are certain fundamentals that cannot be overlooked. Read More

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At the buzzer: No. 10 Texas Tech 73, Texas 71 (OT)

LUBBOCK — It had all the makings of one of the gutsiest performances of the year for the Longhorns. Texas appeared to overcome Mo Bamba’s left knee injury, Dylan Osetkowski’s twisted ankle and the Horns even climbed out of 13-point, second-half hole. But Texas Tech’s Keenan … Read More

Texas men need confident Jase Febres’ scoring punch in Big 12’s second half

In recruiting, coaches lavish players with praise. After signing day, the de-recruitment process begins. In typical freshman fashion, Texas guard Jase Febres never could quite figure out coach Shaka Smart. “You get frustrated during practice. ‘Why is he always on me?’” Febres said. Read More

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Golden: Now that the college game has ‘slowed down’ for him, enjoy Mo Bamba while you can

In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on a couple Bevo-related items. Here are his takes: Enjoy Mo Bamba while you can What we’ve witnessed over the last 10 games is a sneak preview of what Mo Bamba will be doing for millions on the next level. Read More

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Preview: Texas at No. 10 Texas Tech

Texas at No. 10 Texas Tech When: 8 p.m. Wednesday Where: United Supermarkets Arena (capacity 15,000) TV/Radio: ESPNU/104.9 The Horn About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 86-56. The Longhorns won the previous matchup 67-58 over the eighth-ranked Red … Read More

PHOTO HISTORY: With ESPN College GameDay in the building, Texas hoops knocked off No. 2

It’s easy to watch the Kia commercials of Blake Griffin being funny and forget that for two seasons Griffin was a bouncy, dominant big man who played two seasons at Oklahoma. In his first year, Griffin  averaged 14.7 points for the Sooners. Griffin was a McDonald’s All-American from the Oklahoma … Read More

Starting 5: The sprint to the tournament is on as second half of league play arrives this week

Every Monday during the basketball season we give you five things Texas men’s basketball fans need to know about the week to come. Ahem, Texas is just two games out of first-place, but there’s a catch. 5. The best week Texas has had yet just ended. Now what? Texas went … Read More

The State of the Longhorns: With new coaches, AD in place, how far is Texas from being Texas again?

Perhaps the most impressive thing Chris Del Conte has done since arriving in Austin last December is how he’s carried himself. He’s walked, talked and acted like the Texas athletic director. “Texas needs to get back to being Texas — period,” Del Conte … Read More

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ESPN’s Seth Greenberg doubts Texas fans, AD Del Conte responds, kind of, on Twitter

Seth Greenberg’s “peeps” don’t believe Texas will show up against Oklahoma. Texas fans, that is. Anyone who has watched Longhorn home games this season knows about the attendance issues. Number wise, there doesn’t appear to be a huge problem. Texas is averaging more than 10,000 fans for home games. But … Read More

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Golden: Snoop Roach has embraced role in Jones’ absence

Is Kerwin Roach II on a hot streak or has he just figured some things out in his junior year? It’s a little bit of both. Snoop is on his way to establishing himself as one of the best two-way guards in college basketball, eager to take on the most … Read More

Texas 85, Ole Miss 72: Shaka Smart turns up the defensive heat as Longhorns race past Rebels

Creativity was displayed everywhere Saturday on the campus where breakthrough advances supposedly change the world. On the court, Texas junior Dylan Osetkowski unveiled a new braided hairstyle that drew commentary from all sides. Let’s get this out of the way now. Asked if he’s keeping … Read More

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At the buzzer: Texas 85, Ole Miss 72

The Longhorns spent all week in the “lab,” as they call it. The team that emerged on Saturday against Ole Miss looked like one that had been totally reset under coach Shaka Smart. Playing full-court pressure and going full-throttle from the start, Texas stormed to a … Read More

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ESPN bringing ‘College GameDay’ broadcast to Austin for Texas-OU on Feb. 3

ESPN’s “College GameDay” is coming to Austin for next Saturday’s Texas-Oklahoma clash at the Erwin Center. The network made the announcement during its 10 a.m. broadcast on Saturday from Morgantown, W. Va., prior to the Kentucky-West Virginia matchup. It will be the first time ESPN … Read More

The Texas men are still finding their scoring ways without guard Andrew Jones

The Texas men’s team had a player’s-only dinner Thursday night at Pappasito’s Cantina. The coaching staff did not go disguised as waiters, and coach Shaka Smart probably can’t play an oversized guitar and sing “Guantanamera.” The Longhorns themselves had plenty to discuss. Texas is 3-3 without … Read More