Game Thoughts: Texas 69, Tech 59

Texas hoops at the Drum. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas fended-off feisty Texas Tech, 69-59, in Austin Saturday to remain one game out of first place in Big 12 standings. It avenged the loss in Lubbock three weeks ago and sets up Monday’s showdown at top-ranked Oklahoma.

Inside Scoop – 2/5/16

Derrick Tucker. (courtesy of Manvel ISD)

Goodbye to the C/O 2016. You’re headed to Austin now. Hello, juniors. Is it Texas you’re looking for? We’ve got insider tidbits from UT’s newly inked 2016 class, notes on potential targets/early commits from the 2017 class, class leaders appearing, and Texas hoops turning the corner. This is the Inside Scoop.

Inside the Gameplan: finding fits for 2016’s class

Brandon Jones. (courtesy of ETSN.fm)

The 2016 class is now signed, sealed, and delivered for Charlie Strong, finishing 11th rank in 247’s class calculator. Of course the consensus rankings by 247 often fail to account for negative aspects of a class, like Strong losing much of 2015’s Florida Five for various reasons, or positive aspects like his ability to find 3-star gems that will respond to his culture and prove to be better than expected.

Instant Impact from 2016

Kyle Porter. (courtesy of Porter)

AUSTIN — Too much to expect a repeat of 2015?

Texas and its fan base might have been spoiled in 2015 with the amount of freshmen that were about to contribute at a high level almost from the start of the season at Notre Dame.

NSD 2016: The Day After

Brandon Jones. (Courtesy of ETSN.fm)

AUSTIN — Charlie Strong knew that today was important.

Coming off of a disappointing 5-7 season one year removed from a 6-7 season, making a splash on National Signing Day and landing a top class were lofty goals.

Strong Finish

Charlie Strong. (Will Gallagher/IT)

AUSTIN — It just kept getting better and better.

And when 4-Star DT Jordan Elliott’s LOI arrived in Charlie Strong’s office early Wednesday afternoon, it put an exclamation point on Texas’ most dramatic National Signing Day since Earl Campbell picked the Horns more than 40 years ago.

Elliott’s pledge caps huge day

Charlie Strong and Jordan Elliott at UTL. (Will Gallagher/IT)

HOUSTON — The need for defensive tackles in Austin looks much improved after today. Jordan Elliott will make sure of it.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound lineman from Houston Westside committed to Texas today in an announcement at his school and put the finishing touches on a monumental day in Austin.