Author Archives: Joe Cook

Lackluster Longhorns

Mohamed Bamba (Will Gallagher/IT)

Last season, Texas’ home loss to TCU on January 11 dropped the Longhorns to 7-9 overall, and (in my opinion) guaranteed there was no chance the Longhorns would return to the NCAA Tournament in Shaka Smart’s second year. While the record is improved this year, Saturday’s 87-71 loss to the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth might have done the same thing in year three.

Herman recaps strong class, team since Texas Bowl

Keaontay Ingram (courtsey Mark Martin/ETSN)

AUSTIN — After the early signing period ended in mid-December, Texas had one of the top-ranked classes in the country on any of the recruiting services. However, the class was not close to its max capacity and still had glaring needs across the defensive line, including a commit that chose not to sign when he had the chance to.

Longhorns put together uninspired performance against KSU, 67-64

Mohamed Bamba (Will Gallagher/IT)

On the surface, it appeared the reason the Texas Longhorns dropped a Big 12 home game to the Kansas State Wildcats was because freshman Matt Coleman’s lob attempt to fellow freshman Mohamed Bamba was swatted away before it reached the Harlem big man. Diving deeper, it wasn’t just one play. It was 40 minutes of a team that played uninspired after one of its most inspired and energetic performances of the season.

Longhorns facing challenge of sweeping Red Raiders

Dylan Osetkowski (Will Gallagher/IT)

AUSTIN — After a brief reprieve from the toughest conference in the country, Texas heads right back into the sandstorm when they face the No. 10 Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock on Wednesday.

Chris Beard’s bunch is undefeated at United Supermarkets Arena this season, but they face a Longhorn squad that topped them in Austin only two weeks ago.

Segment-by-Segment: Texas 85 Ole Miss 72

Mohamed Bamba (Will Gallagher/IT)

What Texas had on Saturday was a confident team. A team confident its best player would play like the projected lottery pick he is. A team confident in its ability to make shots. A team confident in its defensive intensity. A team confident it could make the opponent have to play to its weaknesses.

2020 5-Star Greg Brown III talks his game, early recruiting

Greg Brown III (Joe Cook/IT)

AUSTIN — The Vandegrift Vipers are in just their second season as an UIL 6A athletic program after being in 5A for the rest of their existence. This places them in a district with some of the best teams in Central Texas, including Westlake and Lake Travis. There’s tough basketball competition in this district, but the Vipers have one of the best sophomores in the nation to help them in their battles in forward Greg Brown III.