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.
Texas plays its opening round game of the Big 12 Tournament tonight against Iowa State, a team they beat in both matchups this year. It sounds like the message coming out of KC is that Mohamed Bamba likely is not available for the game tonight and his status going forward in KC is also up in the air.
Texas struggled out of the gate in the first half, but was able to play the Baylor Bears even in the last nine minutes of the half to make it just a one possession game after the first 20 minutes. Texas again struggled out of the gate in the second half, but was able to play Baylor even in the last five minutes of the game to tie it at the end of regulation.
AUSTIN — After a brief reprieve from the toughest conference in the country, Texas heads right back into the sandstorm when they face the No. 10 Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock on Wednesday. Chris Beard’s bunch is undefeated at United Supermarkets Arena this season, but they face a Longhorn squad that topped them in Austin only two weeks ago.
AUSTIN -- The Vandegrift Vipers are in just their second season as an UIL 6A athletic program after being in 5A for the rest of their existence. This places them in a district with some of the best teams in Central Texas, including Westlake and Lake Travis. There’s tough basketball competition in this district, but the Vipers have one of the best sophomores in the nation to help them in their battles in forward Greg Brown III.
With 11:32 left to play in the second half of Saturday’s game between the Longhorns and the West Virginia Mountaineers, junior forward Dylan Osetkowski rattled home a step-through lay-up to cut the Mountaineer lead to just eight. After that bucket, the Longhorns wouldn’t score for almost five minutes.
Chris Beard’s eighth-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders presented Texas with several challenges similar to those they had already faced this conference season. Could they survive without sophomore guard Andrew Jones? Could they hold serve with another top-rated Big 12 team? Could they hold a double-digit lead during conference play? Tonight, Shaka Smart’s Longhorns answered each with an emphatic yes.