Shaka Smart’s Longhorns uncharacteristically won with offense Monday in their 78-76 defeat of Davidson during the Maui Invitational in Asheville, N.C. Thanks to six Longhorns in double figures, including Courtney Ramey and his game-winning layup with 20 seconds left, Texas survived a late scare from the Wildcats despite a so-so evening on the defensive end.
Texas basketball returned to the hardcourt Wednesday for the first time since being pulled off the floor of the 2020 Big 12 Tournament. Twelve players who made that truncated trip to Kansas City returned for the 2020-21 season, beginning their 27-game campaign with a 91-55 win over UT-Rio Grande Valley.
Minute allocation for a team returning 12 players from 2019-20 and adding five-star Greg Brown III was one of the biggest questions facing Shaka Smart ahead of the 2020-21 season. Following Texas’ 91-55 season-opening win over UT-Rio Grande Valley, Smart explained how that task may have become easier for him to manage.