Texas coach Shaka Smart, right, talks with guard Isaiah Taylor during practice at Cooley Pavilion on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Austin, Texas. Smart is the first African-American men's basketball coach at Texas.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Men's Basketball

Shaka Smart, Longhorns to host open scrimmage on Wednesday

Texas will play two 15-minute halves at Gregory Gym

Posted October 20th, 2015

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Texas guard Demarcus Holland said he’s excited for Wednesday’s intrasquad scrimmage at Gregory Gym. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free.

“We’re actually going to be playing for real. It’s not like an All-Star game,” Holland said. “I’m picking up full court. I told Isaiah (Taylor) that he doesn’t want me to pick up full court.”

School officials are bringing some Erwin Center touches to the on-campus facility, which normally hosts the UT volleyball team.

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DJs will play music, food will be provided to UT students and some lucky student will get a chance to shoot a half-court shot for $10,000.

As for the practice, coach Shaka Smart said the Longhorns will be divided evenly and will play two 15-minute halves.

“We have only 12 scholarship guys, so you just don’t have the same subs that you would have obviously if you played a full game,” Smart said. “We’re going to see if we can play 30 minutes, which would be really good from the standpoint of just putting our guys against each other in certain settings and seeing how they respond.”

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