Basketball

Issuing 2019-20 postseason awards

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.
Basketball

Despite poor shooting, Longhorns move past ISU to advance in Big 12 Tournament, 68-64

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.
Basketball

Lackluster Longhorns

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.