Author Archives: Tim Preston

Hoops: The question of offensive movement

Kerwin Roach II with the up and under (Will Gallagher/IT)

Shaka’s offensive system has come under fire this year, and for understandable reason. The shooting has been poor. The execution has been poorer. The free throw shooting has been on par with even Rick’s worst coaching seasons.

In short, it hasn’t been all that fun to watch.

Game Thoughts: UT 62, Tech 58

Eric Davis Jr. in the open floor (Will Gallagher/IT)

It was what we thought it would be. Texas has more talent but are younger and more prone to poor decision making. Texas Tech is solid and will play with tremendous poise and patience, but they don’t have much for gamechangers on their roster.

And, in a game of talent versus experience, the talent won…just barely.

Game Thoughts: Georgia

Shaq Cleare shooting over Sooners (Will Gallagher/IT)

One step forward; two steps back?

That’s what today felt like for a Longhorn team that looked uncomfortable and tentative the entire game as they lost at Georgia, sacking their chance at a winning streak and letting a mediocre Bulldog team off the hook.

Game Preview: Georgia

Andrew Jones (Will Gallagher/IT)

Shaka Smart and the Longhorns will look to double down on their last second win over Oklahoma when they travel to Georgia to take on the Bulldogs for their part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge Saturday afternoon. Coach Fox and the Georgia men are coming off a blowout home loss where Fox was ejected and Alabama shot the lights out of the gym. So, will Texas serve as its cathartic punching bag or can the Longhorns make it an honest to goodness winning streak?

Game Thoughts: Kansas

Jarrett Allen with the baby-hook (Will Gallagher/IT)

Six turnover in the first four and a half minutes saw Kansas run out to a 19-5 lead and Texas fans everywhere cursed Shaka Smart, turned off their television and threw their remotes at the nearest cushion/pillow/hamper/Aggie.

Hoops Preview: Kansas

Andrew Jones drives against WVU (Will Gallagher/IT)

The Texas Longhorns, owners of a four game losing streak, will attempt to do the impossible as they head to Allen Fieldhouse to take on the #2 Jayhawks in Lawrence, KS. KU (winners of 17 straight) on the other hand, has once again put itself in the driver’s seat for yet another Big 12 title.

Texas Gets Its (Cole)Man

Matt Coleman. (courtesy of Coleman)

AUSTIN — Shaka Smart’s four-year-long recruitment of blue chip point guard Matt Coleman (Oak Hill Academy) has finally paid off as Coleman committed to the Longhorns on Monday night during the ESPN telecast of Oak Hill’s game against Nathan Hale.

Hoops Preview: West Virginia

Shaquille Cleare (Will Gallagher/IT)

Things really seemed to be okay a week ago. Texas had just beaten Oklahoma State on Wednesday before losing a close game at Iowa State where they were in the game in the final minute against a team that had just lost by two at number one Baylor. Not where Texas fans wanted to be, but headed in the right direction.