Shaka Smart has recovered from COVID-19. Texas’ practice on Sunday was the first one he was able to run since his positive test. In addition, he said Monday that Sunday’s practice was the first time someone within the Texas men’s basketball program was not in isolation or quarantine in almost three weeks. Good news, all around.
The hallowed hoops hall of Rupp Arena awaits the arrival of the No. 5 Texas Longhorns this Saturday in Lexington, Ky. Four national championship teams and six other Final Four squads have called one of the cathedrals of college basketball home.
No. 5 Texas lost a close one to No. 24 Oklahoma at the Erwin Center on Tuesday, 80-79. The Longhorns were missing Jericho Sims, Courtney Ramey, Brock Cunningham, and Shaka Smart, and despite once trailing by 12, almost pulled out an improbable come-from-behind victory.
Shaka Smart’s Texas basketball team is ranked No. 4 in the latest AP poll following a 25-point win over the Kansas Jayhawks in Phog Allen Fieldhouse. That was Texas’ first win in Lawrence since 2011 and only their second in program history.