Men's Basketball Archives

Texas History: 15 years ago, Texas went to the Final Four

It doesn’t seem all that long ago, but  this year marks the 15th anniversary of the 2003 Final Four, the greatest season in Texas basketball history. The Longhorns’ third Final Four appearance and its first since 1947, 2003 was peak Rick Barnes Era basketball. Texas went 26-7 and finished 13-3 … Read More

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WATCH: Rick Barnes on Augie Garrido: ‘One of those guys like Yoda’

After Rick Barnes’ Tennessee team cruised to the second round of the NCAA Tournament following a 73-47 win over Wright State  on Thursday, he was asked about  about legendary Texas baseball coach Augie Garrido, who died Wednesday at the age of 79.  Barnes, who spent 17 seasons as … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Nevada’s Martin twins mean double dose of trouble for Texas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Texas must avoid a twin killing in the first round. The offensively challenged Horns have Nevada brothers Caleb and Cody Martin circled on their priority list. Identical in look, age and size (6 feet, 7 inches, 205 pounds), the rangy twins are two cogs for a scoring … Read More

One veteran Longhorn’s advice to a young squad: ‘Be excited to be here’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kerwin Roach II is the only player on Texas’ roster who has played in an NCAA Tournament game. He was on the floor when Northern Iowa’s Paul Jespersen hit a half-court shot to beat Texas in the first round two years ago. “Man, … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Rick Barnes’ overachieving Volunteers still streaking

DALLAS — Rick Barnes leaned back in the leather chair in a small office inside the American Airlines Center and pointed to his left knee that he had partially replaced just a month ago. The doctors didn’t take a knife to any muscle but corrected the painful bone-on-bone dilemma with a very … Read More

Wishing for Mo time: Longhorns ready for Mo Bamba’s big finish in the NCAA Tournament

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mo Bamba’s time in Austin is almost up. The burnt-orange star shot across the Texas sky, and only a fraction of the UT community got to know this engaging, convivial 19-year-old from Harlem, N.Y. Whether Texas plays one game in the NCAA … Read More

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NCAA Tournament preview: Texas vs. Nevada

NCAA Tournament preview No. 10 seed Texas vs. No. 7 seed Nevada When: Approx. 3:30 p.m. Friday Where: Bridgestone Arena (capacity 17,578) TV/Radio: TBS/104.9 The Horn About the series: Nevada leads the all-time series 1-0. The only matchup … Read More

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On Second Thought Ep 90: Shaka Smart on his happiness at UT; men’s and women’s tourney preview

In an expanded Episode 90 of the On Second Thought podcast, hosts Cedric Golden and Kirk Bohls ask guest Shaka Smart if he is still happy as the coach at the University of Texas. Friday’s first-round matchup against Nevada will be his 100th game at Texas. Smart is 50-49. The … Read More

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If the bracket was made out of brisket, Texas would win every time

It’s March in Austin, which means South by Southwest is in full swing. It also means that March Madness is about to start. Nothing combines culture and basketball quite like the bracket, and if you’ve survived this long in the age of the internet you’ve no doubt been subject to … Read More

12 Big things about Big 12 basketball: What to expect this week, month and moving forward

Each week I give you 12 things to know about Big 12 men’s basketball.  12. The Big 12 Tournament and the Tweet of the Week When Kansas announced Udoka Azubuike was not playing, I thought it was Kansas taking a pass on the Big 12 Tournament and being OK with … Read More

Team meetings usually spell trouble, but Texas’ cleared the air, path to the NCAAs

Team meetings can be volatile, hostile and all-around unpredictable affairs. Typically, things look bleak. Players don’t organize team meetings to pat each other on the back. In Texas’ case, the 74-73 double-overtime loss to Baylor on Feb. 12 prompted one such gathering where even coach Shaka … Read More

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Trigger warning: Texas, Nevada have faced each other in the NCAA Tournament before

Does something feel familiar about this NCAA Tournament first-round matchup for Texas? It should. The Longhorns met Nevada under similar circumstances in 2005, a meeting that will stir bad memories for burnt orange diehards. Eighth-seeded Texas led in the final minutes before allowing the No. 9 seed … Read More

‘Nev-ADD-uh’ piles up the points this season while Texas has struggled

All this time, you’ve been pronouncing it wrong. It’s Nev-ADD-uh, not Neh-VAH-duh, according to school officials. And it’s the Wolf Pack, not to be confused with Wolfpack, which is North Carolina State’s mascot. The NCAA Tournament selection committee had no problems finding the college … Read More

Texas freshman Mo Bamba on his sprained toe: ‘I think I’m at 100 percent’

Texas freshman Mo Bamba played only 14 minutes in last week’s Big 12 tournament as trainers kept him off that sprained left toe. Now, he’s ready for the NCAA Tournament. “I think I’m at 100 percent,” the Big 12’s leading rebounder and shot blocker said Sunday. Read More

The A-B-Cs of the NCAAs: Longhorns wait it out, then see their name ‘and we were amped’

Sunday was a day for childhood sing-a-longs. The NCAA Tournament selection show was broadcast on TBS for the first time, and network officials decided to unveil most of the field in alphabetical order. So that meant Alabama was in. Same for Arizona State. All … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Dylan Osetkowski has to wake up against Nevada

Basketball gods calling Dylan Osetkowski. Come in, Dylan Osetkowski. Texas’ junior forward has the talent to transform this up-and-down offense into something workable, but he doesn’t show up every day. That’s been the bugaboo about D.O.: The Longhorn camp just doesn’t know which one will show up from game to … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Longhorns short on experience, not confidence

Some free advice if you’re writing off the Longhorns in your bracket. Don’t tell Texas it’s a 10th seed. Forget suggesting first-round opponent Nevada is a terrible matchup for Shaka Smart’s roller-coaster of a club since the high-scoring Wolf Pack have a big, versatile lineup across the board and average … Read More

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Dancing again! After difficult season, Longhorns back in NCAA Tournament

The Longhorns fought through numerous obstacles this season and faced some long odds at times. But Texas is still going dancing. The Texas men’s team received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday after putting together a 19-14 campaign and finishing tied for sixth … Read More

Cancer, bad toes and $1,500: A look inside Texas’ improbable journey back to the NCAAs

Initially, this had the look of being the best season in Shaka Smart’s three years with the Longhorns. Texas was 10-4 after an overtime win at Iowa State on Jan. 1, and there was optimism abound. But Jase Febres knew something was wrong with teammate Andrew … Read More

Texas Tech 73, Texas 69: Jacob Young runs wild, but Red Raiders run Longhorns out of Big 12 tournament

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Last March, Texas coach Shaka Smart leaned against the wall inside Sprint Center and fielded garden-variety questions about his personnel. Except one. Was Jacob Young truly a Big 12-caliber basketball player? “I believe so. I think he definitely is,” Smart said 364 … Read More