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?
Following Texas’ last second victory over Oklahoma, Shaka Smart met with the media to go over the team’s consistency, the roles of Jarrett Allen and Shaq Cleare, and preview the Big 12/SEC Challenge match up against Georgia.
With just over a minute to play, the game appeared to look like several other close losses from Shaka Smart’s Texas Longhorns this season. Sophomore Eric Davis and freshman Andrew Jones made sure this game was different. Davis hit a three-pointer to cut the Sooner lead to two with just over 10 seconds left, and after two missed Oklahoma free throws, Jones dribbled down the floor and nailed a long rainbow three with 1.8 seconds left to give the Longhorns a thrilling 84-83 victory.
The progress has been there. Now it’s time for some wins. Because if they don’t come now…
Another weekend, another opportunity for Texas and its coaching staff to solidify the current commits and try to snag a few more. Here’s the notes and quotes from all the attendees, plus news on midweek visitors and latest on Tevin Mack’s status on the 40 Acres. It’s Monday, Scoop Day.
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.
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.
WACO — Defeating the No. 6 ranked team on the road is a tough task. Struggling from the field makes the task tougher, and allowing an opponent to go for 32 points and 20 rebounds makes it almost impossible.
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.
Against a team designed to break opponent’s composure, Shaka Smart’s young Texas Longhorns played one of their most composed games of the season against the hard-pressing West Virginia Mountaineers, led by freshman Andrew Jones’ 17 points and freshman Jarrett Allen’s game-high 19 points and seven rebounds. Texas played a good all-around game, shooting 48 percent and making 78 percent of their free throws, but the Mountaineer defense forced 19 turnovers and played better than Texas did when it mattered down the stretch to defeat Texas, 74-72.