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.
If 24 points and 14 rebounds during a 77-74 win over Oklahoma State did not make Greg Brown’s intentions during his time with the Texas basketball program clear, his postgame words certainly did.
Prior to the season, Texas head coach Shaka Smart fielded a question he fields every year: got anybody who can shoot? One player came to mind for the head coach entering his sixth season in Austin in Andrew Jones.
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.