Men's Basketball Archives

Whatever Texas found winning the NIT, Shaka Smart hoping there’s more of it this season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Not long after last season ended with a NIT championship, Texas coach Shaka Smart sent out a group text to all his players. It was not punctuated with an LOL. “Coach texted us all and asked, what was the recipe for the … Read More

Big 12 media day: Kansas coach Bill Self would like to talk just basketball, please

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas coach Bill Self wanted to talk basketball. Oh, how he wanted to talk basketball Wednesday. FBI investigations, Snoop Dogg, stripper poles and money guns have already been addressed, or so Self would like to think. “I’m probably more excited … Read More

Texas men’s notebook: Andrew Jones could play ‘significant minutes’ this season

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Andrew Jones’ story is spectacular. Leukemia nearly killed him, and now he’s back drilling 3-pointers in his Texas uniform. Coach Shaka Smart said Wednesday that Jones’ last treatment came in late September, just before basketball practice officially started. The 6-4 guard was … Read More

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Big 12 coaches pick Texas to finish fourth during the 2019-20 men’s basketball season

Coming off last season’s NIT championship, Texas was picked to finished fourth this season by the Big 12 men’s basketball coaches, according to the preseason poll released Thursday. The Longhorns did not have anyone named to the preseason All-Big 12 team, although guard Matt Coleman did … Read More

12 Things about Big 12 basketball: The early storylines before Midnight Madness starts

College football’s early season is underway and I’m excited to report that the first “Midnight Madness” Big 12 basketball practice is a few weeks away. Here are 12 early things you need to know about this year’s Big 12 basketball. 12. The league will no doubt be … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Shaka Smart is confident with familiar faces, better shooting

Jarrett Allen popped into Denton Cooley the other day, and his former coach was so impressed with his maturity and growth that he couldn’t have been happier to see him. Well, maybe Shaka Smart could have been a little happier. Like if Allen was sticking around the Texas basketball program … Read More

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Once again, Texas starts 2020 Big 12 men’s basketball schedule on the road

The computer that spits out the Big 12 men’s basketball schedule simply does not allow Texas to ease into January. The Longhorns will open Big 12 play on the road for the fourth time in coach Shaka Smart’s five seasons, according to the league schedule released … Read More

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Former Texas standout Myles Turner named to Team USA roster for World Cup

Myles Turner was a star at Euless Trinity, then at Texas and now with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. Next up: Team USA. Turner got the final roster spot on the United States’ 12-man World Cup roster after it was determined Kyle Kuzma had a left ankle … Read More

Brian Davis

American-Statesman Staff

Eyes on Texas: This year’s Texas Ten has some not-so-obvious picks on our list of 10 Horns to watch

Your trusted scribe visited Texas men’s basketball practice earlier this month. Chatting with coach Shaka Smart, it was interesting to hear him reflect on the players’ emotions after winning the NIT. As nice as that was, winning the NIT isn’t the goal. “You know, … Read More

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Texas announces hiring of Kansas’ Andrea Hudy to oversee men’s, women’s strength programs

Texas announced Friday the hiring of Andrea Hudy to oversee the strength and conditioning program for both the men’s and women’s basketball programs. Hudy spent the last 15 seasons overseeing the Kansas men’s basketball strength program. Hudy is widely credited with being a critical part of … Read More

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Texas poised to steal Kansas strength coach Andrea Hudy away from the Jayhawks

Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart is poised to hire away Kansas’ longtime strength coach Andrea Hudy, the Kansas City Star reported late Thursday. Kansas coach Bill Self confirmed the hiring to The Star. A Texas spokesman told the American-Statesman he could not confirm anything “as … Read More

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Texas men’s basketball strength coach Daniel Roose leaving the Longhorns

Texas men’s basketball strength coach Daniel Roose is leaving the program and is going back to work in the same role at Virginia Commonwealth, Roose told the American-Statesman. Roose, 41, followed coach Shaka Smart from VCU to UT four seasons ago. He had been at VCU … Read More

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First, it’s football, then LSU-Texas basketball teams will meet in Big 12/SEC Challenge

The Texas men’s basketball team’s lackluster non-conference home schedule got a boost Thursday when it was announced LSU is coming to Austin on Jan. 25. The Longhorns and Tigers are already scheduled to meet on the football field on Sept. 7. The two schools will meet … Read More

Why are all of Texas’ best non-conference games on the road for the 2019-20 season?

Basketball scheduling is a painstaking task best handled by gluttons for punishment. The final product is subjective art. You like it or hate it. A casual glance of the 2019-20 Texas men’s basketball non-conference schedule unveiled Tuesday has some eye-catching characteristics. Coach Shaka Smart’s club will … Read More

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Pack your bags: Texas’ best non-conference games in 2019-20 are away from Austin

The Texas men’s basketball team will play some of its best non-conference games — including a matchup against longtime rival Texas A&M — away from the Erwin Center this season. Coach Shaka Smart’s club will open the season Nov. 5 at home … Read More

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Kerwin Roach, Dylan Osetkowski both sign with NBA summer league teams

Two Texas seniors who went undrafted will still get their chance to impress NBA general managers. Guard Kerwin Roach II has signed a free-agent deal to join the Charlotte Hornets’ summer league team. Forward Dylan Osetkowski reached a deal to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers this … Read More

Texas’ Jaxson Hayes drafted 8th overall, now headed to New Orleans with Zion Williamson

By now, it’s well established that Texas cultivates talented big men that make NBA scouts drool. How the Longhorns accumulate multiple first-round draft picks and still can’t win big is a matter for another day. Jaxson Hayes, an incredibly talented 6-11 freshman with a sky-high upside, … Read More

The Texas Ten: Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Micaya White thrived as our 2018-19 Longhorns to watch

Last September, Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte knew that starting a pre-game fan festival before home football games might get off to a bumpy start. Alas, Bevo Boulevard was a bona fide success. “The goal is to try something awesome,” Del Conte said at the … Read More

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We meet again?: Longhorns-Aggies to stage men’s basketball game on Dec. 8 in Fort Worth

The Lone Star Showdown is finally starting up again. Well, sort of. Texas and Texas A&M will play a non-conference men’s basketball game on Dec. 8 at the new Dickies Arena in downtown Fort Worth, the facility announced Friday. The facility, the new home to the … Read More

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Texas announces the hiring of Michigan assistant basketball coach Luke Yaklich

On Friday morning, the Texas men’s basketball program announced that it had hired Luke Yaklich to join Shaka Smart’s coaching staff. Yaklich replaces Darrin Horn, who took over Northern Kentucky’s basketball program in April. For the past two seasons, Yaklich worked as an assistant coach for John Beilein … Read More