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Men’s preview: Texas at No. 7 Kansas

Texas at No. 7 Kansas When: 8 p.m. Monday Where: Allen Fieldhouse (capacity 16,300) TV/radio: ESPN/104.9 The Horn About the series: Kansas leads the all-time series 31-8. The Horns broke the Jayhawks’ 69-game home winning streak back in January 2011. It’s … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Lack of basketball smarts, grit sinks Longhorns

At least Texas lost to a somebody. After losing to NCAA nobodies like Radford and VCU, the Longhorns can at least say they fell to a really good team Saturday. Shaka Smart looked crushed. You can just see it in his hurting, soulful eyes, his body language, his downcast spirit. The … Read More

Texas Tech 68, Texas 62: Now 4-0 in Big 12 play, Red Raiders notch first win in Austin in 23 years

Gerald Myers has been affiliated with Texas Tech in some form or fashion since the 1950s. He’ll die with his “Guns Up.” Once the men’s basketball coach, Myers became the athletic director and ultimately retired in May 2011. But every year, the 82-year-old still rides … Read More

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At the buzzer: No. 8 Texas Tech 68, Texas 62

At crunch time, Texas simply couldn’t get enough buckets against No 8 Texas Tech. The Red Raiders, known for having one of the nation’s best defensive squads, turned up the suffocating pressure and shut off the Longhorns down the stretch for a 68-62 victory at the … Read More

After crushing loss, will Texas coach Shaka Smart’s troops engage vs. No. 8 Texas Tech?

Shaka Smart never yells, curses or shows too much emotion with reporters. His facial expressions and body language never lie, though. The Texas basketball coach — an erudite intellectual, not a profane in-your-face taskmaster — was deeply disappointed after Tuesday’s loss at Oklahoma State. Crushed may … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas vs. No. 8 Texas Tech

Texas vs. No. 8 Texas Tech When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 86-58. The Longhorns have won 22 consecutive games against the Red Raiders … Read More

Oklahoma State 61, Texas 58: ‘A significant step back’ as Longhorns look all out of sorts

STILLWATER, Okla. — The only thing that’s consistent about Texas coach Shaka Smart’s basketball program is inconsistency. One or two steps forward, then two, four or maybe a half-dozen steps back. Such is life for these Longhorns, who started off 2-0 in Big … Read More

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At the buzzer: Oklahoma State 61, Texas 58

STILLWATER, Okla. — Texas is just not meant to have any success in Stillwater this athletic year, apparently. The football team suffered a rather humiliating defeat here during the fall. The Texas men’s basketball team suffered a similar fate on Tuesday during an embarrassing 61-58 … Read More

With injuries piling up elsewhere, Texas looks to stack up more wins early in Big 12 race

What’s happening to the big men around the Big 12? West Virginia’s star center, Sagaba Konate, is out with a knee injury. Coach Bob Huggins said flat-out the Mountaineers can’t “wish him back.” “We can’t sit here and cry oh-woe-is-me,” Huggins said. “We’ve got … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas at Oklahoma State

Texas at Oklahoma State When: 6 p.m. Tuesday Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena (capacity: 13,611) TV/radio: ESPNU/104.9 The Horn About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 50-43. In their last trip to Stillwater, the Longhorns had a 12-point lead with 14:07 … Read More

Texas 61, West Virginia 54: Matt Coleman takes over as Longhorns move to 2-0 in Big 12

Texas coach Shaka Smart first started recruiting Matt Coleman III in middle school. They’ve been intertwined for years. The coach has long believed this point guard held the key to championship-level success — be it at Virginia Commonwealth, Texas, wherever. That’s probably why Smart is … Read More

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At the buzzer: Texas 61, West Virginia 54

In a classic rock fight against West Virginia, Texas had slightly bigger stones. Neither team shot well from 3-point range. Everybody took turns whacking away at the other and going to the free throw line. But it was a close game due to it being almost … Read More

With new urgency, Texas coach Shaka Smart is playing those with ‘juice,’ sitting those without

Perhaps for the first time in his four seasons at Texas, Shaka Smart is benching players who don’t bring “juice,” as he calls it, and playing those who do. The Longhorns’ head coach is done worrying about their feelings. Watch Texas’ personnel deployment in Saturday’s Big … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas vs. West Virginia

Texas vs. West Virginia When: 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 9-8. Last season, the Horns won 87-79 at home on March 3 in a game … Read More

Texas 67, Kansas State 47: Shaka Smart’s lineup experiments yield results in Big 12 opener

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Tinkering with the starting lineup is always a coach’s prerogative, but it’s tricky alchemy. It’s the players’ attitudes that are combustible. Donning his lab coat and goggles, Texas coach Shaka Smart inserted 6-foot-11 freshman Jaxson Hayes into the lineup just after Christmas. Read More

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At the buzzer: Texas 67, Kansas State 47

MANHATTAN, Kan. — When Texas guards are dribbling, dribbling, dribbling it around before driving inside, they can either go for the rim or kick it back out. On Wednesday against Kansas State, the latter option was far superior. The Longhorns were bombing away from 3-point range … Read More

Big 12 men’s basketball season starts this week; Here’s where the 10 teams stand

The New Year starts with a new season of Big 12 men’s basketball on Jan. 2 as the league drops five games on the world. The fun is about to begin as the nation’s deepest — probably not the best — league is going to begin. Read More

Texas men may stick with different lineup for Big 12 opener at Kansas State

One month ago, Texas coach Shaka Smart wasn’t even open to the idea of changing his starting lineup. It was a non-starter. Forward Jericho Sims continued to start in December while Jaxson Hayes provided a spark off the bench. Same for Elijah Mitrou-Long, who would sub … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas at Kansas State

Texas at Kansas State When: 8 p.m. Wednesday Where: Bramlage Coliseum (capacity 12,528) TV/radio: ESPNU/104.9 The Horn About the series: Kansas State leads the all-time series 21-15. The Wildcats have won four straight, sweeping the season series the last two … Read More

Roach rediscovers the paint, and the Texas men cruise past UT-Arlington 76-56

Kerwin Roach II says he spends a lot of time and effort working on his 3-point shot, a necessary asset for guards in contemporary basketball. But at his best, the Texas senior uses his superior athleticism to succeed from much closer to the basket. When the Longhorns needed a boost … Read More