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Men’s preview: Texas vs. Oklahoma

Texas at Oklahoma When: 8 p.m. Wednesday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn About the series: Oklahoma leads the all-time series 55-40. The Longhorns hold a 5-3 edge over their rival in coach Shaka Smart’s four previous … Read More

No. 6 Baylor 59, Texas 44: Bears work the boards, work over the Longhorns in Big 12 opener

WACO — In a conference where the talent is spread somewhat evenly, in a sport where nobody is dominant, in a town where the locals rage against all things burnt orange, the little things do matter. The Longhorns got schooled Saturday in basketball minutiae. Read More

Texas men hoping for another solid Big 12 start as curtain rises against No. 6 Baylor

Every year, coaches and players say the same things about the start of Big 12 play. “Well, I think the biggest thing, the conference season is a marathon for sure,” Texas coach Shaka Smart said this week. His veterans know the proverbial drill, too. Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas at No. 6 Baylor

Texas at No. 6 Baylor When: 7 p.m. Saturday Where: Ferrell Center (capacity 10,284) TV/radio: ESPN2/104.9 The Horn About the series: Texas has the all-time series lead 163-91. Last season, the two teams split the regular-season series, but the Bears … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball, Week 9 — The real season is here

It’s here. After 120 games, the first step to March is happening for Big 12 teams. For the football fans, welcome to the basketball season! The ACC and the Big Ten have already played a handful of conference games and now it’s time for the Big 12 to end a … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball, Week 8 — Our pre-conference 13 best players in the league

Before the regular season began, I ranked the top 13 players in the Big 12 based on the 13 scholarships teams are given. With the Big 12 season beginning on Jan. 4, let’s re-evaluate the best players in the Big 12 (stats through Dec. 27 games). Read More

Texas men switch lineup, cruise to 89-58 win over High Point

Shaka Smart had a lot of time for contemplation, nine days between games, after his Longhorns were pounded at Providence on Dec. 21. One decision the Texas made after the 22-point defeat was to appoint two new starters. Into the lineup went Andrew Jones in place of Courtney Ramey. Out … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas vs. High Point

Texas vs. High Point When: 7 p.m. Monday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn About the series: First meeting About the Longhorns: Before the Christmas break, coach Shaka Smart wanted his … Read More

Providence 70, Texas 48: Longhorns set new season lows in harsh, holiday ‘reality check’

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The fine citizens of Friartown sure were anxious to see Will Baker miss two free throws on Saturday. Whenever an opponent misses two consecutive free throws in the second half, Providence fans win a free chicken sandwich. And since Texas was in … Read More

Texas is 9-1 and off to coach Shaka Smart’s best start yet, so where’s the buzz?

At 9-1, Texas is off to its best start in five seasons under coach Shaka Smart. So why is nobody buying it? The number-crunching algorithms aren’t impressed. The Longhorns rank 48th in Kenpom’s Division I rankings, which are generated off statistical comparisons. Ken Pomeroy’s site predicts … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas at Providence

Texas at Providence When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Dunkin’ Donuts Center (capacity 12,400) TV/radio: Fox/104.9 The Horn About the series: The all-time series is tied 3-3. Providence won the last matchup 71-65 last season at the Erwin Center. Alpha Diallo … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball, Week 7 — What Big 12 teams want for Christmas

12. Games to watch this weekend I’m changing the column format this week for some holiday fun. First, before the league heads into the Christmas break, here are five games to watch Saturday. Kansas at Villanova, 11 a.m., FOX Texas at Providence, 1 p.m. FOX Xavier at TCU, 4 p.m., … Read More

Jase Febres on the money as Longhorns top Central Michigan

Shaka Smart has a philosophy about players who have proved themselves adept at making 3-point baskets: Keep shooting, even on bad days or during difficult stretches. In that regard, Smart calls himself “a player’s coach.” That attitude certainly applies to Jase Febres, the Longhorns’ junior guard. Febres can be inconsistent, … Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas vs. Central Michigan

Texas vs. Central Michigan When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn About the series: First meeting About the Longhorns: New assistant coach Luke Yaklich has brought a renewed … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball, Week 6 — The league is top heavy; Tech back on track

12. Texas Tech takes down No. 1 The No. 1-ranked team is 6-4 this season, something the Kansas Jayhawks ought to be wary of when they play Villanova next week. They can thank the Texas Tech Red Raiders, who beat No.1 Louisville 70-57 … Read More

Texas 60, Texas A&M 50: Felt like old times as Longhorns glide past Aggies in Fort Worth

FORT WORTH — Texas A&M’s yell leaders wore their customary white suits, and the crowd hissed whenever “t.u.” did something they didn’t like. Those faint “Admission scandal!” taunts from A&M students — an obscure reference to the Texas men’s tennis team — were half-hearted at … Read More

Don’t I know you?: Texas, Texas A&M meet in possible start to renewed basketball rivalry

Let enough time pass, and eventually rivals forget what the fuss was all about. Texas and Texas A&M used to have one of the best rivalries in college sports. Not anymore, though. Egos ruined everything, and now both sides engage in revisionist history. Read More

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Men’s preview: Texas vs. Texas A&M

Texas vs. Texas A&M When: 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Dickies Arena, Fort Worth (capacity 13,300) TV/radio: ABC/104.9 The Horn About the series: Texas leads the all-time series 137-86. The Longhorns won an exhibition on Oct. 25, … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball, Week 5 — Tech’s 0-3 week; Longhorns-Aggies on tap

12. The Big 12’s shaky Thanksgiving week First, the good. Kansas won one of the best games of the first month of the college basketball season when the Jayhawks beat a phenomenal Dayton squad in the championship game of the Maui Invitational. The … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Meet Kai Jones, Texas’ junkyard dog

Before he became famous, Sylvester Ritter was a star football player at Fayetteville State University. He didn’t carve out a long NFL career, but he became a pro wresting legend under the name of Junkyard Dog, a moniker that reportedly came from his work in a wrecking … Read More