Some things remain normal in Texas' capital city. Once again, Texas head coach Shaka Smart’s job status is a hot topic of discussion among Longhorn fans. Once again, UT men’s basketball supporters will be treated to one year of a NBA Draft lottery pick after blue-chip forward Greg Brown III’s decision to play at Texas.
What is the staff teaching in its online coaching clinics? Where do things stand with Texas for a corner recently released from his LOI from a Big 12 school? What's the latest info on Greg Brown III's decision day? All in the Humidor.
With the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament, the 2019-20 men’s college basketball season is over. Shaka Smart’s Texas Longhorns were set to duel Texas Tech in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament in what would likely have served as a de facto play-in game to make the field of 68 until the Big 12 pulled them off the floor, and sports as a whole came to a halt.
For the 2019-20 season, Texas shot 35 percent from three. Over the five games the Longhorns won leading up to Oklahoma State, UT shot 43.6 percent from behind the arc. Against the Cowboys on Saturday, Texas missed 24 of its 29 three-point attempts.
Luke Yaklich’s appointment as the associate head coach for the basketball program has led many to a quick dive into the defensive footprint of Michigan while Yaklich was there. If you’re unaware, Yaklich is widely regarded as the architect which saw the Wolverines skyrocket from a middling defensive team to an elite one.
Texas tried to three-point shoot themselves to an insurmountable lead over Iowa State early in the first half. Its lack of success led to a 10 point deficit the Longhorns would eventually come back from to make it a three point game at the half. After Texas figured things out in the first two minutes of the second half, Iowa State figured things out in turn. From that point on, it became a back-and-forth slugfest that Texas ended up winning, with freshman Matt Coleman’s mid-range jumper with 44 seconds remaining serving as the final blow. Seventh-seed Texas defeated the tenth-seed Cyclones in Kansas City, a.k.a. “Hilton South,” 68-64 to move on to the second round of the Big 12 Tournament.
AUSTIN -- In a recent media availability, freshman guard Jase Febres joked that the Longhorns probably lead the entire NCAA in meetings. On Monday, they added another one, though it was likely one of the more contentious get-togethers of the entire season.
Last season, Texas’ home loss to TCU on January 11 dropped the Longhorns to 7-9 overall, and (in my opinion) guaranteed there was no chance the Longhorns would return to the NCAA Tournament in Shaka Smart’s second year. While the record is improved this year, Saturday’s 87-71 loss to the Horned Frogs in Fort Worth might have done the same thing in year three.
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.