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At The Buzzer: Texas 73, Arkansas 71 (OT)

FORT BLISS — Offensively, it was offensive. Texas went almost 10 minutes in the second half between baskets. Against most teams, that’ll get you run out of the building on any night of the week. Arkansas is in rebuilding mode, though. This is probably the … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Shaka Smart is banking on Matt Coleman’s maturation as Texas’ floor general

Defense wins championships, but the eyes of Texas will be on Shaka Smart’s offense this season. Attention, Matt Coleman. This means you. Smart said his team played 15 minutes of good basketball in Tuesday’s season-opening 71-59 win over Eastern Illinois and that sounds about right since his newcomers showed some … Read More

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Home-grown Longhorn: Westlake 7-footer Will Baker commits to Texas over UCLA

Growing up in Austin, immersed in a city surrounded by all things burnt orange, Will Baker still had to weigh everything about his college decision equally. Texas had some good qualities, but so did UCLA. The 7-footer from Westlake, rated the nation’s seventh-best center in the … Read More

Ten-hut!: Texas-Arkansas renew their rivalry at Fort Bliss in Armed Forces Classic

If Texas coach Shaka Smart can take the men’s basketball team to China, he’ll take the Longhorns anywhere. El Paso is just a tad closer than Shanghai, a place that made for a once-in-a-lifetime experience against Washington four years ago. Fort Bliss may be located … Read More

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Preview: Texas vs. Arkansas, Armed Forces Classic

Texas-Arkansas, Armed Forces Classic When: 6 p.m. Friday Where: Soto Gym (capacity 1,200), Fort Bliss, El Paso TV/Radio: ESPN/104.9 The Horn About the series: Arkansas leads the all-time series 87-67. The longtime Southwest Conference rivals last played at the Toyota Center … Read More

Texas 71, Eastern Illinois 59: New Longhorns, Andrew Jones overcome opening-night jitters

Butterflies can throw just about anyone off their game on opening night. The Longhorns had five newcomers make their burnt-orange debuts on Tuesday at the Erwin Center. That had to be the main reason why Texas sputtered early against Eastern Illinois before ultimately cruising to … Read More

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At The Buzzer: Texas 71, Eastern Illinois 59

Eastern Illinois provided just enough resistance to make things interesting in the first half of Texas’ season opener on Tuesday. But Matt Coleman III helped spark a late first-half run to give UT some space. All of coach Shaka Smart’s freshmen had chances to flash. Andrew … Read More

As the curtain rises, quiet Jericho Sims finds himself in the Texas men’s basketball spotlight

Jericho Sims’ teammates swear he’s starting to open up. Pulling words from the 6-9 freshman last season was like pulling teeth. Nowadays, the Texas sophomore is a regular Chatty Cathy. “Something that goes into winning. It’s something that I have to do,” Sims said of his … Read More

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Preview: Eastern Illinois vs. Texas

EASTERN ILLINOIS VS. TEXAS When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: Erwin Center (capacity 16,540) TV/Radio: Longhorn Network/104.9 The Horn About the series: This is the first meeting between the two schools. EIU is 0-5 all-time against Big 12 teams with losses coming to Iowa … Read More

Seven-and-shoot: Texas’ bid to go uptempo could create more offensive chances

In a bid to jump-start his team’s offense, Texas coach Shaka Smart has been pushing somewhat of a run-and-gun philosophy during the preseason. If the Longhorns score within the first seven seconds on the shot clock, that’s worth five points during practice scrimmages. Read More

Breaking down the Texas men’s basketball schedule

The Texas men open their season at home Tuesday night against Eastern Illinois. Here’s a look at their season schedule: November The early non-conference portion features some brand-name matchups against Arkansas, North Carolina and either Michigan State or UCLA. The Razorbacks are projected to be a middling … Read More

Having battled leukemia, Texas guard Andrew Jones’ message: ‘Only the strong survive’

Andrew Jones settled into a chair in the Centennial Room at Bellmont Hall and met reporters on Wednesday for the first time to detail his year-long battle against leukemia. In the same space normally reserved for UT’s biggest announcements, the Texas guard discussed his health, … Read More

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Texas G Kerwin Roach suspended for season opener vs. Eastern Illinois

Texas senior guard Kerwin Roach II will be suspended for UT’s season opener against Eastern Illinois on Nov. 6 for a previous undisclosed violation of team rules. What made the news more interesting on Saturday was that Roach announced it himself on Twitter. Read More

Texas’ Big 12 foes get first look at the new body, new haircut, new Dylan Osetkowski

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Dylan Osetkowski pried open a plastic fruit container, surveyed the contents and just huffed. “Do they put the worst fruit possible in here?” Osetkowski asked Wednesday with real frustration. “No strawberries, no grapes, no watermelon, no pineapple?” No pizza, no … Read More

Happy birthday, Snoop: Kerwin Roach excited to get a permanent front tooth

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Texas guard Kerwin Roach II turned 22 on Wednesday. All he wants is one new tooth. When Roach was at Sprint Center last March, he took a vicious elbow from Iowa State guard Lindell Wigginton. The accidental blow sliced one of Roach’s … Read More

‘More salt than sugar’: Texas needs Matt Coleman to become tougher floor leader

The last two seasons, Texas’ offensive weapon of choice was obvious. All the guards had to do was throw it to the big man inside — Jarrett Allen or Mo Bamba. They just swatted it away on the other end. So who’s the go-to leader this … Read More

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Texas, TCU both picked to finish 4th in Big 12 preseason men’s basketball poll

Texas and TCU were tied for fourth place in the Big 12 men’s preseason basketball poll, the league announced Friday. Both received 54 votes in the poll among the league’s coaches. The Longhorns were 19-15 last season with future first-round pick Mo Bamba. This year’s team … Read More

#BakeShow: Westlake recruit Will Baker, UT fans get first look at Longhorns at Texas Tip-Off

Marketing officials tried the divide-and-conquer approach on Wednesday at the Texas Tip-Off. The pros worried about the hundreds of Longhorns fans inside Gregory Gym. Guard Matt Coleman focused on a target audience of one — the 7-footer Will Baker from Westlake. Carrying a … Read More

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Texas veterans Kerwin Roach, Jericho Sims garner preseason All-Big 12 honors

Texas guard Kerwin Roach II and forward Jericho Sims both earned honorable mention preseason All-Big 12 honors, the league announced Wednesday. Big 12 coaches voted on the awards, however they were not allowed to vote for their own players. Roach led the Longhorns … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball: A few preseason things to know

The college basketball season starts in a few weeks as teams will play their first games on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Are you excited? You should be. With that said, here are 12 big things about Big 12 basketball you need to know this preseason: 12. The best pro prospect is? … Read More