Texas 78, Xavier 76 (OT): Heart, hustle on full display as Longhorns advance in NIT

Perhaps there will come a day when Texas fans look back on last Tuesday’s NIT opener as the comedic low point in recent UT men’s basketball history. Only 1,591 diehards can brag about it, though. Hey, I was there for South Dakota State! … Read More

‘It’s a pitchers’ field for sure’: Hitting homers at McCombs Field a tall task for Texas and its guests

Ahead of the 2018 softball season, a new advertisement appeared by the outfield scoreboard at McCombs Field. The Taco Shack target promised free tacos — at least a coupon for one — should a Longhorn hit a home run off the large sign. Alas, McCombs Field patrons have gone home hungry most … Read More

The NIT offers Texas’ younger players a chance to gain more confidence for next season

To start the day with some optimism, Texas forward Jaxson Hayes saw another specialist on Friday about his left knee injury and it was decided there was no structural damage. Hayes, the Big 12 freshman of the year, does not need surgery. “We are expecting … Read More

Season ends for up-and-down Texas in NCAA loss to Indiana

EUGENE, Ore. — In the corner of the Texas locker room, Charli Collier reflected on a season that ended way too early and a future that should include a return to glory. There was no joy for a team that most would say underachieved this year. Whether it came … Read More

The Dotted Line: Troy Omeire, Xavion Alford remain top targets for Texas in 2020 class

Texas signed arguably the country’s best wide receivers class in the 2019 cycle with prospects like five-star Bru McCoy and Gatorade national player of the year Jake Smith. It was a four-man group — five if Jordan Whittington moves back outside during … Read More

Hit the reset button: Texas still looking to hit its stride in NCAA tournament opener against Indiana

Karen Aston has told her team to hit the reset button. Forget about Baylor. Don’t fret about losing nine games. That early exit from the Big 12 tournament should be ancient history by now. It’s a new season, Aston said this week. Her seventh-seeded Longhorns are in the NCAA Women’s … Read More

The Dotted Line: Offensive linemen dominate our Next 25 rankings for 2021

Offensive linemen highlight the 2021 cycle inside the state with six of the top seven spots on the Next 25 list. The top-ranked player in the group is five-star tackle Donovan Jackson of Houston Bellaire Episcopal. The 6-4, 308-pound star is a refined … Read More

Down early, No. 9 Texas rallies to win a ‘character check’ and snap a losing streak to No. 11 Arkansas

Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but Texas will have a hard time convincing anyone that Wednesday’s game against Arkansas wasn’t ugly. Still, don’t expect the ninth-ranked Longhorns to give back their 7-6 victory over the 11th-ranked Razorbacks. The one-run victory at UFCU Disch-Falk Field, which took … Read More

Indiana considers Texas a tall order in first-round NCAA Tournament women’s game

Teri Moren was flipping through TV channels recently when she stumbled upon a Texas women’s basketball game. Of course, it wasn’t a must-see for the Indiana women’s coach; at the time she had no idea that her team would end up facing the Longhorns in the first round of the … Read More

The Dotted Line: Chad Lindberg, Donovan Jackson are must-get in-state talents for Texas

The biggest domino, literally, in the state for the 2020 cycle is offensive tackle Chad Lindberg. The four-star prospect from Houston Clear Creek is the top-rated offensive lineman in the state and the No. 7-ranked player on the Fabulous 55. He’s the … Read More

Texas 79, South Dakota State 73: Few saw it, but Horns hold tight to win NIT opener

Hope springs eternal. That’s until someone closes the shut-off valve. Last week at the Big 12 tournament, a reporter told Texas senior Dylan Osetkowski that no .500 team had ever received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. “Once I heard that, it was like … Read More

Arkansas blows by Texas as midweek meeting gets underway in Austin

In town for the first time since 2005, the Arkansas Razorbacks supplied the fireworks in Tuesday’s 11-4 blasting of Texas at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The seven-run decision in the opener of this two-game series was UT’s fifth straight loss to Arkansas. Texas was beaten three times by Arkansas last year … Read More

The Dotted Line: Pair of four-star defensive linemen talk Texas interest, camp circuit

Texas has yet to gain a commitment from a defensive prospect in the 2020 class despite a fast start for Tom Herman, offensive coordinator Tim Beck and offensive line coach Herb Hand. The Longhorns sit at four commitments with spring ball taking precedence over recruiting, … Read More

Headed to Eugene: Texas draws Indiana in NCAA women’s tournament opener

Texas was delighting to learn its women’s basketball season will continue, but the Big 12 cannot be happy about getting just four teams into the dance on Monday. The Longhorns (23-9), seeded seventh, will play 10th-seeded Indiana (20-12) in the Portland Regional at 6 p.m. Friday in Eugene, Ore. Host … Read More

Six particularly stinging losses that kept Texas out of the NCAA Tournament

The men’s basketball season isn’t over, although some would argue otherwise. Thus, Texas coach Shaka Smart isn’t ready to dissect how a promising campaign turned so blah. “I’ll talk to you as much as you want when we’re done, but for right now, we can’t … Read More

The Dotted Line: Teammates, Texas targets Zachary Evans, Damieon George say they’re a ‘package deal’

Five-star running back Zachary Evans prides himself on research. He knows he is the most coveted running back in the 2020 class and holds a list of items important to the Galena Park North Shore star when it comes to recruiting. One is a strong … Read More

NCAAs was ‘a long shot’ but Texas now turns the page to NIT, South Dakota State

There was little surprise and virtually no outrage in burnt-orange circles on Sunday when Texas was left out of the NCAA Tournament. The Longhorns were 16-16 this season. The selection committee has never given a .500 team an at-large invitation for the field of 68. No … Read More

Knee injury will sideline Texas freshman Jaxson Hayes for NIT games

Texas freshman Jaxson Hayes had an MRI on his left knee injury suffered at the Big 12 tournament and will need further evaluation, coach Shaka Smart said. The 6-foot-11 forward will not play Tuesday in the NIT opener against South Dakota State, and his career … Read More

Masen Hibbeler stands out on offense and defense as UT secures its series with Texas Tech

Even though he ended the weekend on a high note, don’t expect Texas senior Masen Hibbeler to start looking at the video board now. During every at-bat, one of the screens at UFCU Disch-Falk Field displays a batter’s picture, his season statistics and accomplishments for that day. But when you’re … Read More

Big 12 coaches hope for heavy representation in NCAA field

Mike Carey will not be a happy basketball coach if West Virginia is left out of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. The only Big 12 locks to be selected Monday night are Baylor, Iowa State and Texas. Kansas State is probably in. West Virginia and TCU had fine seasons, too, … Read More