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Men’s preview: Texas vs. No. 11 Kansas

Texas vs. No. 11 Kansas When: 6 p.m. Tuesday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/radio: ESPN/104.9 The Horn About the series: Kansas leads the all-time series 32-8. The Jayhawks are the only Big 12 school that UT coach Shaka Smart … Read More

Georgia 98, Texas 88: After fifth loss in six games, why are these Longhorns mentally soft?

ATHENS, Ga. — This question has been bubbling under the surface these last few weeks as Texas lost a handful of close games. But after Saturday’s 98-88 loss to Georgia, the issue was unavoidable at Stegeman Coliseum. Why is Texas so mentally soft? Asked … Read More

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At the buzzer: Georgia 98, Texas 88

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia, a mediocre 3-point shooting team, looked unstoppable on Saturday. That’s what happens when teams play Texas. The Bulldogs hit 12 3-pointers, their highest total in three seasons, and had a rather easy time down the stretch of a 98-88 victory over the … Read More

Texas, Georgia meet on the basketball court this time in Big 12/SEC Challenge

Nobody would dispute Texas and Georgia’s dominance as football schools. Always have been, always will be. The clash that the two schools staged in the Sugar Bowl was every bit what you’d expect from two storied programs. Think football isn’t big? When the mascots Bevo XV … Read More

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Big 12/SEC Challenge preview: Texas at Georgia

Big 12/SEC Challenge Texas at Georgia When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Stegeman Coliseum (capacity 10,523) TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn About the series: Georgia holds a 7-5 all-time series lead. These two teams also played an afternoon game … Read More

12 Big Things to know about Big 12 basketball: Nearing halfway, and the SEC is here

Here are 12 big things I’ve noticed about one of college basketball’s best leagues. 12. What’s wrong with Texas Tech? The Red Raiders were 15-1 a week ago. Now they join the likes of Texas, Oklahoma State and West Virginia as teams who have … Read More

TCU 65, Texas 61: Another close loss, a lack of ‘spark’ as Frogs outwork Longhorns

FORT WORTH — Kerwin Roach II verbalized all the right things after yet another disappointing loss on Wednesday. But it was his posture that spoke volumes. His eyes looked downward. His shoulders slumped. It’s written all over his face. The Texas senior is tired of losing … Read More

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At the buzzer: TCU 65, Texas 61

FORT WORTH — At some point, the Longhorns are going to learn never to look past anyone in the Big 12. To do so practically guarantees a loss. Texas didn’t take Oklahoma State seriously and got pummeled in Stillwater. On Wednesday, it was TCU’s turn … Read More

Horns up? No, get your hands up! Texas’ perimeter defense proving vulnerable

Texas coach Shaka Smart isn’t afraid of a smaller, guard-oriented lineup. But that group must reward his trust with better perimeter defense. Smart started guards Matt Coleman III, Kerwin Roach II and Courtney Ramey last Saturday against Oklahoma. Shooting guard Jase Febres logged 30 minutes off … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas at TCU

Texas at TCU When: 6 p.m. Wednesday Where: Schollmaier Arena (capacity 6,800) TV/radio: ESPNU/104.9 The Horn About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 108-66 in a rivalry that dates back to 1915. The Longhorns have won 13 of the … Read More

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Texas coach Shaka Smart to talk with Longhorns about Martin Luther King’s life, impact

Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart said Monday that adults have a responsibility to remind younger generations of Dr. Martin Luther King’s impact on society and why the nation celebrates his life with a national holiday. “We’ll talk about it today,” Smart said before Monday’s … Read More

Texas 75, Oklahoma 72: This time, Longhorns look solid late, snap three-game losing skid

This time, it was the opposing coach who was exasperated in the post-game press conference, not Texas’ Shaka Smart. “Really hard fought game,” Oklahoma’s Lon Kruger said. “They made a couple of plays down the stretch that they needed to have that made a little bit … Read More

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At the buzzer: Texas 75, No. 20 Oklahoma 72

Once again, Texas found itself in a nail-biter. It’s becoming the norm. This time, the Longhorns ran the offensive plays to perfection Saturday against Oklahoma. Matt Coleman III expertly found Jase Febres in the corner for a wide-open 3-pointer to give the Horns a four-point lead.  … Read More

Closing-time blues: Late-game execution keeps a lid on Texas’ Big 12 potential

There’s one bankable fact about Shaka Smart’s basketball teams at Texas. His Longhorns don’t get blown out. In 117 games in four seasons, Smart’s teams have lost by more than 20 points only twice — 30 points to Kansas (Feb. 29, 2016) and 35 at … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas vs. No. 20 Oklahoma

Texas vs. No. 20 Oklahoma When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn About the series: Oklahoma leads the all-time series 54-39. The Longhorns are 3-0 against the Sooners at home under coach Shaka … Read More

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On Second Thought, Ep 122: Brian Davis on Shaka’s struggles; FOX’s Charles Davis on Kingsbury’s hire, young NFL QBs

In a jam-packed Episode 122 of the On Second Thought podcast, Longhorns beat writer Brian Davis and hosts Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls discuss what ails Texas basketball lately and if it is beyond repair. They also break down the controversy surrounding the NCAA’s transfer rule. FOX NFL color analyst Charles … Read More

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Sugar Bowl champions to be honored during Texas-OU men’s basketball game

Texas officials plan to honor the football team’s Sugar Bowl victory during a women’s and men’s basketball doubleheader Saturday at the Erwin Center. The UT women’s team, ranked 11th, will host TCU at 1 p.m. Saturday. The men’s team faces 20th-ranked Oklahoma at 7 p.m. Read More

Kansas 80, Texas 78: ‘For what we want to accomplish, there can’t be any moral victories’

LAWRENCE, Kan. — To beat Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse, it requires perfection. And for several minutes late Monday, the Longhorns were dang near it. Jaxson Hayes climbed into the rafters and rejected a shot. Kerwin Roach II hit a 3-pointer, snapping the team’s 0-for-8 second-half drought … Read More

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At the buzzer: No. 7 Kansas 80, Texas 78

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas coach Bill Self woke up this morning with a 26-0 home record whenever the Jayhawks play on ESPN’s “Big Monday.” That streak looked like it was in serious jeopardy Monday against Texas. Jase Febres went wild in the second … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Golden: With Kansas looming, Shaka, Longhorns must figure it out — and fast

Shaka Smart isn’t about to angrily throw a chair across the court, a la Bobby Knight. He won’t bang his fist on the table and storm out of a postgame press conference, a la the late NFL coach Dennis Green. He won’t even torture the media with monotone one-word answers … Read More