Category Archives: Basketball

With pieces, culture in place, Smart hopes to contend in third season

Shaka Smart. (Will Gallagher/IT)

A losing record is a big deal when it happens to a revenue sport at the University of Texas.

During Shaka Smart’s second season as head coach of the Longhorns, he led the team to an 11-22 record. It was and still is a disappointing mark considering he had a lottery pick on his team in Jarrett Allen, but the offseason has helped to mitigate much of the disappointment 2016-17 was.

Quick Thoughts after Texas Basketball scrimmage (w/ quotes)

Andrew Jones (Will Gallagher/IT)

You never want to take too much from a scrimmage. You can’t glean a whole lot from an intrasquad game. But you can see the baseline of where this team is before the 2017-18 season. And it looks a lot better than what we’ve seen in the last few years.

So much athletic ability. So much effort. So much transition. So many 3’s. And what looks to be a full team in Shaka Smart’s 3rd year on the 40 Acres. Some quick thoughts:

Smart notes team’s summer strides ahead of Tip-Off scrimmage

Shaka Smart. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Texas head coach Shaka Smart has a lot going for him so far in 2017. He had a chance to see his team play against high quality competition in August during a tour of Australia. He has a consensus lottery pick at his disposal with a mix of young and veteran guards to help move the offense. His program was left out of any discussion of a sweeping scandal that rocked the sport.