Prior to Texas’ 72-62 loss to Oklahoma on Wednesday, Texas head coach Shaka Smart spent 20 minutes Monday speaking with local media. Throughout his entire tenure, Smart has given thoughtful answers to the questions of the media that continuously circle back to his core beliefs as a coach. The problem throughout his entire tenure has been that his team struggles to employ those core beliefs on the floor.
The return of the Lone Star Showdown on the football field will have to wait, but the return of the men’s basketball edition was noteworthy for the pairing of teams rather than the play on the court.
Texas entered the 2019-20 season with uncertainty surrounding the frontcourt. When the Longhorns battle Georgetown this Thursday at Madison Square Garden in the 2K Empire Classic, they’ll face the challenge of a skilled big man under the tutelage of Hoyas legend Patrick Ewing.