Men's Basketball Archives

12 Big things about Big 12 basketball: The league’s best tournament weekend in 10 years

Each week I give you 12 things to know about Big 12 men’s basketball.  First things first 12. This was the best Big 12 weekend since 2008 Kansas, Kansas State and Texas Tech all reached the Elite Eight and Kansas punched its ticket to the Final Four with an overtime … Read More

Mo Bamba’s parting thoughts on Texas: ‘My time here was special’

Mo Bamba’s local burger joint of choice? Shake Shack. His favorite pizza place in Austin? Home Slice. “It’s the closest thing to New York pizza here,” Bamba said Tuesday. His biggest piece of unsolicited advice to all Texas athletes? Skip the golf … Read More

Kerwin Roach on testing the NBA waters: ‘It’s a great way to get feedback, which is key’

Texas guard Kerwin Roach II hasn’t decided to go pro. He hasn’t decided to return for his senior season with the Longhorns. He hasn’t decided anything, really. Roach simply wants to see where he stands with NBA decision-makers. To get the ball rolling, the 6-foot-4 junior … Read More

Texas’ 50-50 proposition: The complicated evaluation of Shaka Smart’s first 100 games

This will infuriate some Texas fans, but this past season was easily coach Shaka Smart’s best so far with the Longhorns. He successfully navigated the emotional impact of Andrew Jones’ leukemia diagnosis. The Longhorns were ensnared in the growing FBI probe into college basketball as Eric … Read More

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Texas G Jacob Young announces his intention to leave Longhorns

Texas guard Jacob Young, an ultra-confident athlete who spent the last two seasons mostly as a reserve, has asked to be released from his scholarship, he announced on Thursday via Twitter. “Thanks to the coaches, teammates, and staff,” Young tweeted. “After my past two years of … Read More

12 Big things about Big 12 basketball: And then there were 4

Each week I give you 12 things to know about Big 12 men’s basketball.  Some goodbyes to … 12. Oklahoma freshman Trae Young and Texas freshman Mo Bamba The Big 12 Freshman of the Year and one of the best offensive players college basketball has seen in a decade is … Read More

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No Mo: Texas freshman Mo Bamba makes it official, leaving school for the NBA

Mo Bamba has never disguised the fact he would spend one season at Texas and then turn pro. Coaches knew that when he was being recruited. Everyone, including Texas’ Shaka Smart, knew his time in Austin would be short. Bamba relished every minute, though, and … Read More

The Starting 5: Texas’ season is over, so now what?

The Longhorns head into the offseason after a challenging season. But it’s not all bad. 5. Texas falls to Nevada in the round of 64 Let’s not kid ourselves: Texas was the underdog against Nevada no matter what people say about Power Five conferences and athletic budgets. Texas was not … Read More

First-half surge, second-half meltdown vs. Nevada a microcosm of Texas’ entire season

In all reality, Friday’s 87-83 loss to Nevada wasn’t that surprising. Not for those who have been watching the Texas men’s basketball team all season. Snippets from the entire year were on full display over 45 minutes at Bridgestone Arena. This team could … Read More

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American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Longhorns still haven’t turned the corner under Shaka

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — As Shaka Smart addressed the Austin media outside a forlorn Texas locker room, a voice could be heard behind the pack of reporters. “Excuse me,” said a tearful Mo Bamba before he gathered his coach into his long arms for what seemed like 30 seconds. “It’s forever, … Read More

Texas notebook: ‘Devastating’ — Shaka Smart has difficult time going ‘beyond that word’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The first, and arguably best, word that Texas coach Shaka Smart used to describe Friday’s 87-83 overtime loss to Nevada was “devastating.” Tears flowed down Mo Bamba’s cheeks. Matt Coleman had red, watery eyes. Kerwin Roach II stood tall in the locker room, … Read More

Nevada 87, Texas 83 (OT): Texas’ NCAA run ends on a flat note against Nevada

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In Music City, sometimes the song ends on a sour note. Texas was humming a heck of a tune early Friday against Nevada. Solid ball movement, no panic, excellent defense. Mo Bamba had a big-time block on one end and a sizzling dunk on the … Read More

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WATCH: Texas season ends with 87-83 loss in overtime

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At the buzzer: Nevada 87, Texas 83 (OT)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In a game where only shot-makers need apply, Texas came up short in a wild back-and-forth game against Nevada that defines March Madness. Playing in a school-record eighth overtime game this season, the Longhorns got a career-breaking performances from Kerwin Roach II and … Read More

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WATCH: Jericho Sims throws down ridiculous alley-oop against Nevada

College basketball world, meet Jericho Sims. The Texas freshman introduced himself to a national audience late in the Longhorns’ first round game against Nevada, rising well above the rim to finish a lob thrown by Matt Coleman. FOLLOW LIVE: Texas versus Nevada … Read More

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WATCH: 23 seconds of Texas-Nevada that won’t make ‘One Shining Moment’

Texas led Nevada 35-26 at halftime of their NCAA Tournament first-round game, but it wasn’t all pretty. Fans that have been watching this Longhorns team all season might have recognized the 23-second clip below as basketball. The rest of the country clearly did not. These are the lowlights, and they … Read More

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WATCH: Mo Bamba looks healthy with thunderous dunk against Nevada

For the Longhorn fans who didn’t know how healthy freshman center Mo Bamba was entering the first round of the NCAA Tournament, it didn’t take long for the big man from New York to ease those nerves against No. 7 -seed Nevada. Mo Bamba … Read More

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Cincinnati advances in NCAA Tournament to play winner of Texas-Nevada game

No. 2 seed Cincinnati defeated Georgia State 68-53 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Nashville and will play the winner of the Texas-Nevada game on Sunday. FOLLOW LIVE: Texas basketball goes all in on NCAA Tournament with first round matchup with Nevada … Read More

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FOLLOW LIVE: Texas basketball goes all in on NCAA Tournament with first round matchup with Nevada

No. 10-seed Texas (19-14) takes on No. 7-seed Nevada (27-7) of the Mountain West Conference in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Nashville. Will Texas coach Shaka Smart win his first tournament game as a Longhorn? Or will the Mountain West regular season champs advance to play the … Read More

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