After one season at Texas, freshman forward Mohamed Bamba declared for the NBA Draft on Tuesday.
NASHVILLE — Shaka Smart’s Texas squad played the game it wanted to through the first 20 minutes of its first round matchup against 7th seed Nevada.
The second half and overtime played to the Wolfpack’s style, and that allowed them to erase a 14-point deficit to win in overtime, 87-83.
AUSTIN — The Longhorns Basketball team doesn’t have to look far for one of the nation’s best prospects. He’s already down the street. We go 1-on-1 with one of the nation’s best high school basketball players.
And destroying the Central Texas region as a do-everything sophomore.
Shaka Smart touched on a lot of topics after his Longhorns made the field of 68. Here’s what he had to say.
Texas is in.
The Longhorns will make their 34th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 18th in the last 20 seasons. Texas is one of six schools to appear in at least 26 of the last 30 NCAA tourneys.
Here are some thoughts about the tough but, hopefully, not all that damning loss to the Red Raiders for the Horns in Kansas City.
Texas tried to three-point shoot themselves to an insurmountable lead over Iowa State early in the first half. Its lack of success led to a 10 point deficit the Longhorns would eventually come back from to make it a three point game at the half.
After Texas figured things out in the first two minutes of the second half, Iowa State figured things out in turn. From that point on, it became a back-and-forth slugfest that Texas ended up winning, with freshman Matt Coleman’s mid-range jumper with 44 seconds remaining serving as the final blow. Seventh-seed Texas defeated the tenth-seed Cyclones in Kansas City, a.k.a. “Hilton South,” 68-64 to move on to the second round of the Big 12 Tournament.
Texas plays its opening round game of the Big 12 Tournament tonight against Iowa State, a team they beat in both matchups this year. It sounds like the message coming out of KC is that Mohamed Bamba likely is not available for the game tonight and his status going forward in KC is also up in the air.
Despite the loss of Mo Bamba, Matt Coleman foul trouble, no Andrew Jones or Eric Davis, and failing to finish in regulation, the Longhorns upset No. 20 West Virginia at the Drum on Saturday.
And now they’re probably Big Dance bound.
Statement from University of Texas sophomore guard Andrew Jones: