An 81-52 loss at Iowa State on February 15 appeared to leave the Texas Longhorns’ NCAA Tournament hopes for dead. Losing to a middling team without its best player not only added another loss to Texas’ record and dropped them to 4-8 in conference, but it was also a demoralizing defeat.
After a strong defensive first half where Texas allowed 15 points to Northern Colorado, assistant coach Luke Yaklich looked to be Texas’ biggest addition prior to the 2019-20 season. But in the second half, sophomore guard Andrew Jones stole the show.
It's felt like an eternity since our talks regarding Andrew Jones were about his NBA prospects and on-court greatness. It's felt like an equal eternity since Andrew averaged 15.25 pts, 3 rbs, 2.4 asts on 52/46/73% shooting over the first eight games during the 2017-18 season. It's those numbers, in particular, that feed this piece of writing.
Texas basketball's Andrew Jones was diagnosed with Leukemia in January. After months of treatment and progress that both Jones and UT has shared publicly, Texas head coach Shaka Smart issued another piece of good news Thursday.
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.