Author Archives: Mike Blackwell

Black Monday: Sooners boom UT, 70-49

Myles Turner. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Starting a game by making two of your first 16 shots is not typically a recipe for basketball success. Not surprisingly, that output didn’t work out too well for the Texas basketball team Monday night, as the baffling Longhorns lost to the Oklahoma Sooners 70-49 at the Erwin Center.

Five Quick Thoughts – Arkansas 31, Texas 7

Texas team. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Here are my Five Quick Thoughts following Arkansas’ 31-7 win over Texas Monday night. 1) The Swoopes Report… Unfortunately for Charlie Strong – and for Shawn Watson – Tyrone Swoopes looked like he made no progress in the month before the bowl game. He looked confused, obviously – witness the Longhorns having to call a timeout […]

Horns survive slow start, fly past Owls

Myles Turner. (Will Gallagher/IT)

High noon on the Monday after Christmas is probably not an ideal tipoff time for a major college basketball game. It certainly didn’t appear to be ideal for the Texas Longhorns, who beat Rice 66-55 at the Erwin Center despite what seemed to be a sure case of holiday doldrums.

Texas outlasts Long Beach, 78-68

Jonathan Holmes. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Depending on the beholder, Saturday’s 78-68 Texas win over Long Beach State at the Erwin Center was a true beauty, or, more likely, simply a less-than aesthetically-pleasing performance that was nevertheless the 10th victory of the season for the ninth-ranked team in the country. Warts and all.

Christmas list for Charlie

John Harris. (Will Gallagher/IT)

What do I want for Christmas? I have no idea. But I do have a Christmas (and spring, summer and fall) list to give Texas coach Charlie Strong, after watching his Longhorns go 6-6 this season. ‘Tis the season, after all.