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Texas 95, Tarleton State 61: Horns cover all the bases in exhibition win

Texas checked off a lot of boxes Friday night in an 95-61 exhibition win over Tarleton State. Coach Shaka Smart wanted to see lots of players get into the game. He substituted like a mad scientist with 10 players logging at least 15 minutes each. “He’s going to find a … Read More

Texas, Washington headed to China: ‘This isn’t just a basketball game’

Texas yíngdé bǐsài! Considering China’s ancient history of rebellion and war, there’s no good way to say “Texas Fight!” without being somewhat offensive. The language has incredible nuance, but loosely translated, it means “Texas win the game.” The University of Texas men’s basketball team will be exposed to … Read More

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Longhorns in the NBA: Through Nov. 4

They weren’t at the 40 Acres for long, but before they jumped to the NBA they hooped it up at Club Erwin on a regular basis. Every Thursday we’ll take a look at how these Longhorns in the NBA fared in the previous week. Kevin Durant, F, Oklahoma City Thunder: … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Can Shaka Smart’s big men thrive (or survive) faster pace?

Shaka Smart always has a quote of the day. It could be about anything, spoken by anyone. He wants players to focus on the underlying message. On Wednesday, the quote of the day was about Dennis Rodman, the outrageous, tattooed, part-time U.S. ambassador to North Korea that was once one … Read More

From China, the Bahamas and Big 12, Longhorns going everywhere

Want to see the world for free? Join the military. Or, develop your jumper and join the Texas men’s basketball team. The Longhorns need updated passports, visas and immunizations to get this season started right. Outbreaks of Jayhawks, Cyclones and Sooners come much later. Shaka Smart’s team will log approximately … Read More

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Bohls: Catching up with David Ash and will KD’s donation fund hoops scholarships?

Kirk Bohls released this week’s nine things and one crazy prediction last night. A few were dedicated to the Longhorns. Here’s a sampling: Catching up with former UT QB David Ash: “He told me he’s a part-time youth minister at Bannockburn Baptist Church in Dripping Springs and is taking 16 … Read More

After back-and-forth struggle, Isaiah Taylor glad he’s still at Texas

Isaiah Taylor simply couldn’t win. Strangers and new-found “friends” told him to leave Texas and jump into the NBA draft last spring. So did his father. Others encouraged him to stay, including his mother. OK, so he’ll go, he decided. Leave the Longhorns after two respectable seasons, but having attained … Read More

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Longhorns slotted at 25th in Kevin Lyttle’s preseason AP hoops poll

The Associated Press released its preseason Top 25 Monday morning, and North Carolina was slotted as the top-ranked team. Shaka Smart’s Longhorns were not in the Top 25, but The American-Statesman’s Kevin Lyttle voted Texas at No. 25 in the first media poll of the season. The Longhorns received 18 … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: Shaka Smart reignites fan interest in basketball

Normally, this space is labeled “Eyes on Texas,” but these eyes simply couldn’t believe what they saw Wednesday night outside Gregory Gym. Thousands of fans lined up an hour before the doors opened just so they could watch a Texas men’s basketball scrimmage. The line snaked around the corner at … Read More

Shaq Cleare, Kerwin Roach make solid debuts in scrimmage

It’s been one year, seven months, nine days and counting since Shaq Cleare played Division I basketball. Well, that’s how long it’s been since he’s been in a game. How does one pass the time? “I was able to lose a few pounds,” Cleare said. “Lost 50 to 60 pounds.” … Read More

Shaka Smart, Longhorns to host open scrimmage on Wednesday

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Texas guard Demarcus Holland said he’s excited for Wednesday’s intrasquad scrimmage at Gregory Gym. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free. “We’re actually going to be playing for real. It’s not like an All-Star game,” Holland said. “I’m picking up full court. I told Isaiah … Read More

Longhorns still getting used to Shaka Smart’s intellectual acumen

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Texas coach Shaka Smart’s next-level thinking is pitch perfect for the school’s Department of Philosophy, which claims that the pursuit of wisdom is “one of the oldest and most enduring human intellectual enterprises.” On a basketball court, it’s just plain confusing. If the Longhorns are ever … Read More

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Shaka Smart makes first appearance at Big 12 media day

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — New Texas coach Shaka Smart had the same smooth style in his Big 12 introduction that he’s made with almost everyone in Austin. “Excited to be here in Kansas City, really, really excited about being the head coach at the University of Texas,” Smart said at … Read More

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Big 12 coaches peg Longhorns fourth in men’s preseason poll

Big 12 coaches believe first-year coach Shaka Smart will shake up a team full of veterans. Texas was picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 preseason poll released by the league office on Thursday. Kansas earned nine first-place votes and easily finished first. The Jayhawks have won 11 straight … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shaka is smartly using Strong’s OU breakthrough as a teaching tool

[brightcove_video video_id=”4556357315001″ alignment=”center”] Shaka Smart didn’t travel to Dallas to watch the Texas-OU game. There was basketball business to be handled back at the house. But he was watching. While he worked on the practice plan for the week and other duties that come with his new gig, Texas’ basketball … Read More

Shaka Smart looking for more toughness in his Longhorns

[brightcove_video video_id=”4556357315001″ alignment=”center”] Shaka Smart hasn’t seen his players in real-life game situations yet. But the first-year Texas coach has already figured out one of the Longhorns’ biggest problems. “We’ve got a lot of nice guys on our team right now,” Smart said after Tuesday’s practice. “That’s a great thing … Read More

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Texas to host men’s basketball scrimmage at Gregory Gym

Most college basketball teams have gone away from Midnight Madness. The Texas men’s basketball team is offering a new twist on the concept at an unlikely place. The Longhorns will hold an intrasquad scrimmage at Gregory Gym beginning at 6 p.m. on Oct. 21. Admission is free. The first 2,500 … Read More

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Texas basketball lands four-star center James Banks

In what may be a gigantic domino for coach Shaka Smart’s recruiting efforts, James Banks, a four-star center from La Lumiere School in Indiana, announced on Thursday he had verbally committed to Texas. The 6-feet, 10-inch Banks is rated the nation’s 45th-best player in the nation, according to Scout. ESPN … Read More

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Longhorns in the NBA: Part 2, Letters H-Z

The University of Texas has produced 41 NBA players since 1957 — the first year the program started tracking its NBA-bound players. Fourteen of those players were first-round picks and seven of those players are currently on — or striving to be on— a NBA roster this year. So who … Read More

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Longhorns in the NBA: Part 1, Letters A-G

The University of Texas has produced 41 NBA players since 1957 — the first year the program started tracking its NBA-bound players. Fourteen of those players were first-round picks and seven of those players are currently on — or striving to be on— a NBA roster this year. So who … Read More