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Sports writer recounts formative experience in the Texan basement

May 4, 2018

The last piece I write for the Texan has none of the razor-sharp sports analysis that you’ve all come to know and love.   Humor me, for the language is different. Sappier, certainly. But entirely...

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Column: Freshman class will have impact long after Bamba’s departure

March 22, 2018

Texas has fallen flat in two seasons now, propelled by freshman big men. After eight months with the burnt orange, the time has already come for the most recent of the two, freshman Mo Bamba, to move on. The...

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Column: Texas succumbs to the madness in loss to Nevada

March 17, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A season of highs and lows came to an end on Friday night. And when it did — boy, was Texas low. After surrendering a 14-point second half lead, the Longhorns found...

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Mo Bamba’s return spoiled in Big 12 quarterfinal loss to Texas Tech

March 9, 2018

The single-best individual offensive performance of the season and the long-awaited return of freshman forward Mo Bamba wasn’t enough. An abysmal start proved too much to overcome against No....

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Sims’ emergence offers glimpse of life after Bamba

March 6, 2018

Nine short days ago, the Longhorns were on the NCAA Tournament bubble fighting for their lives.  Texas needed two wins in its final three regular season games, and a late-season toe injury to freshman...

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No Bamba, no problem: Texas punches ticket to March Madness

March 4, 2018

Junior forward Dylan Osetkowski ran down the sideline, arm straight down and three fingers extended. His celebration came after one of his five made 3-pointers. Texas — the worst 3-point shooting...

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Season hinges on senior day bout with No. 20 West Virginia

March 2, 2018

Saturday’s regular-season finale is the end of the line for the Longhorns. After Kansas clinched sole possession of its 14th straight Big 12 regular-season title with Monday’s win over Texas...

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Shaka Smart, Texas players call for changes amid NCAA scandal

February 25, 2018

The Longhorns’ thrilling, last-second victory over Oklahoma State on Saturday afternoon was largely overshadowed by the fallout from documents from a federal investigation published Friday in an...

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‘We have to find a way’: Longhorns host Oklahoma State for must-win game

February 23, 2018

The importance of a win on Saturday for Texas cannot be overstated. On Wednesday night against Kansas State, Texas head coach Shaka Smart watched from the sideline as his team botched good offensive...

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Tournament hopes in jeopardy as Texas drops must-win game to Kansas State, 58-48

February 22, 2018

Just two weeks ago, Kansas State marched into the Frank Erwin Center and stole a win on Texas’ home court. On Wednesday night in Manhattan, Kansas, the Longhorns were unable to return the favor. Kansas...

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Longhorns travel to Norman for rematch with Oklahoma

February 16, 2018

The Longhorns are once more in familiar territory. This time last season, Texas was a fringe NCAA Tournament team. The program had collected some respectable upsets in conference play, but a seven-game...

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Texas’ NCAA tourney hopes take hit with third straight loss

February 13, 2018

With eight seconds left on the clock in double overtime and a one-point deficit for Texas, junior guard Kerwin Roach II drove right and threw up a long runner in a desperate, final look. But like so...

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Longhorns have no room for error through final seven Big 12 games

February 9, 2018

Wednesday’s contest with Kansas State marked one of the few favorable remaining conference games on the Longhorns’ schedule. A home game against a skidding Wildcat program offered a chance...

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Texas suffers setback in 67-64 home loss to Kansas State

February 8, 2018

Freshman guard Matt Coleman turned the corner near the baseline with his eyes on the rim. With Texas trailing by two, the Longhorn point guard had an opportunity to tie or win the game against Kansas...

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Longhorns erase second-half deficit to upset No. 12 Oklahoma, 79-74

February 4, 2018

Freshman guard Matt Coleman stood near half court and raised his arms to the sold-out crowd. The Frank Erwin Center, as electric as it has been all season, erupted in response. The display came on the...

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Texas faces quick turnaround heading into No. 12 Oklahoma

February 2, 2018

The Longhorns found themselves just three seconds away from a crucial road win over No. 10 Texas Tech on Wednesday night. The victory would have marked the Red Raiders’ first defeat at home this...

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Jase Febres is dialed in for Texas

January 30, 2018

Freshman guard Jase Febres moved with purpose in a mostly empty gym, putting up extra shots before a recent practice. He caught and fired each shot in a single, fluid motion before sliding around the...

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Longhorns cruise past Ole Miss in Big 12/SEC Challenge, 85-72

January 28, 2018

With 10 games remaining in an up-and-down season, Saturday’s bout was about setting the tone for the final stretch. And the message was clear. Looking as dominant as the conference they represented,...

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Nonconference matchup gives Longhorns rest, reflection before final stretch

January 26, 2018

After nearly a month of grueling Big 12 matchups, this weekend offers much-needed respite for a worn-down Longhorn roster.  Texas turns its attention to an SEC opponent for the second time this...

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Column: NCAA Tournament still within reach for turbulent Texas team

January 24, 2018

Texas excelled in its return to the Frank Erwin Center on Monday night. A surging Iowa State team that had just beaten Texas Tech by 18 was dispatched rather easily as the Longhorns never trailed in...

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No. 6 West Virginia throttles Texas, 86-51

January 20, 2018

For the second straight week, it was a tale of two games for Texas. A gritty home victory over a ranked opponent led to a bad loss on the road. A week prior, after defeating then-No. 16 TCU at home,...

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Five takeaways from Texas’ 67-58 win over No. 8 Texas Tech

January 18, 2018

Texas managed its second home upset over a ranked opponent in a week on Wednesday night, handling No. 8 Texas Tech, 67-58, at the Frank Erwin Center. Here are five takeaways from the commanding performance: Roach’s...

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Texas still tinkering with lineup ahead of clash with No. 8 Texas Tech

January 17, 2018

Exactly one week ago at the Frank Erwin Center, the Longhorns upset then-No. 16 TCU in double overtime in what proved to be one of the more thrilling games in program history. Three days later, the...

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Texas dedicates win to Jones in double-overtime upset of No. 16 TCU

January 11, 2018

With Texas fans and players still reeling from Wednesday morning’s announcement, the Longhorns hit the hardwood for their second Big 12 home game of the season. It was a day bigger than basketball. Nine...

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With Andrew Jones out, Texas seeking more from Matt Coleman

January 10, 2018

Fifteen games into the season, and three into conference play, Texas is still searching for an offensive identity. A late-game road collapse at the hands of Baylor exposed the team's lack of playmaking...

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Texas unravels late for first road loss of season

January 6, 2018

Freshman Mo Bamba hoisted a three with five minutes left in Waco. Down by as much as nine in the second half to Baylor, the Longhorn forward buried the triple, silencing the crowd and cutting the lead...

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Texas earns first conference road win since 2016

January 2, 2018

Junior forward Dylan Osetkowski set his feet and buried a 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining in overtime, helping Texas rally past Iowa State at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa, on Monday night, 74-70,...

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Kansas’ hot shooting spoils career night from Bamba in conference opener

December 30, 2017

Freshman forward Mo Bamba delivered a series of dunks and alley-oops in front of a frenzied home crowd on Friday night at the Frank Erwin Center, each seemingly more difficult than the last. But every...

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Smart reaches coaching milestone as Texas edges VCU on the road

December 6, 2017

Six years ago, Texas head coach Shaka Smart led VCU to its first-ever Final Four appearance. On Tuesday night, Smart notched another milestone in the place where his coaching career took off. With a 71-67...

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Smart speaks with media ahead of Florida A&M matchup

November 29, 2017

After a Thanksgiving weekend on the road in Portland, Texas looks to right the ship with a home stop against Florida A&M on Wednesday evening. With just six games remaining before the start of conference...

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Longhorns show grit in narrow losses

November 27, 2017

For a second consecutive game, Texas put itself in a position to upset a nationally ranked opponent in overtime. But after erasing a 21-point deficit on Sunday afternoon, the Longhorns again failed to...

Key Matchups: vs. Texas Tech

November 20, 2017

Quarterback Advantage: Texas Whether or not West Virginia quarterback Will Grier’s injury is the only reason Texas is eligible for a bowl game, the team is ready to close out the season with...

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Texas shut out by Duke, falls short of Elite Eight

November 20, 2017

After Texas clinched a win over Clemson in penalty kicks in the second round of the NCAA Championships on Friday, Duke wasn’t prepared to give Texas any chance of an upset on Sunday. The No. 1...

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Bamba controls the paint in his return

November 19, 2017

Texas freshman Mo Bamba returned to action for the Longhorns on Saturday, signaling that the paint was, once again, closed for business. Texas’ prized forward set the tone early in the first half,...

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After magical first season, Texas forward hitting her goals

November 17, 2017

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in Reporting Texas. Freshman Haley Berg sat under the cool evening sky, taking in the last game of her freshman season at Texas.  She...

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Texas head coach back in familiar territory with second round matchup

November 17, 2017

The first round of the NCAA tournament provided Texas with some much-needed momentum. The second round is where the team will be tested.   The No. 4 Longhorns head to Duke on Friday evening...

Key Matchups: vs. No. 24 West Virginia

November 17, 2017

Quarterback Advantage: West Virginia  Even against lowly Kansas, the Longhorns underwhelmed. Sophomore quarterback Shane Buechele threw for a respectable 249 yards and a touchdown, but...

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Texas sends statement in first round win

November 11, 2017

The Longhorns punched their ticket to North Carolina on Friday in style. Sophomore forward Cyera Hintzen scored two goals and freshman forward Haley Berg added one of her own as the team’s top...

Key Matchups: vs. Kansas

November 10, 2017

Quarterback Advantage: Texas The Longhorns’ offensive line struggles to protect whichever quarterback happens to be healthy that game. Sophomore Shane Buechele appears to have reclaimed...

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Texas prepares for North Texas in tourney

November 8, 2017

Friday can’t come quickly enough for the Longhorns. Fresh off of a disappointing first-round loss at the hands of Baylor in the Big 12 Championship, the Longhorns are eager for redemption heading...

Key Matchups: vs. No. 10 TCU

November 3, 2017

Quarterback Advantage: TCU Sophomore Shane Buechele elbowed his way back into the quarterback conversation with a dominant performance on Saturday against Baylor. With both Buechele and freshman...

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Texas falls in overtime, drops in tournament seeding

October 30, 2017

One hundred scoreless minutes into the last match of Texas’ regular season on Friday night, the crowd of over 2,000 sat holding its breath, waiting for the Longhorns to work their overtime magic.  The...

Key Matchups: vs. Baylor

October 27, 2017

Quarterback Advantage: Texas Despite a costly fourth quarter turnover against Oklahoma State, freshman Sam Ehlinger’s progress has been encouraging for Texas fans. The young quarterback threw...

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Top defenses set to clash in Waco

October 20, 2017

No. 10 Texas prepares for the only Big 12 team more suffocating defensively than itself as the team heads to Waco on Friday for the final stretch of the regular season. The Longhorns will hit the turf...

Key Matchups: vs. Oklahoma State

October 20, 2017

Quarterback Advantage: Oklahoma State  Freshman Sam Ehlinger solidified himself as a dual-threat option at Saturday’s Red River Showdown. His ability to run the ball — rushing...

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Texas plays its best soccer in overtime

October 18, 2017

When the clock hits zero at the end of regulation, Texas fans know they are in for something special.  Six times this season, the No. 9 Longhorns have forced overtime. Four of those have come at...

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Overtime heroics save weekend road trip

October 17, 2017

Texas is back on track, and the timing couldn’t be better. Undefeated through six overtimes this season, the team snapped a three-game slide with a 1-0 road win over Kansas State on Sunday. It...

Key Matchups: vs. Oklahoma

October 13, 2017

Quarterback Advantage: Oklahoma  Sam Ehlinger has earned that starting spot. The freshman quarterback dazzled the home crowd in Texas’ win over Kansas State last Saturday, throwing for 380...

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Texas nets tie against TCU

October 9, 2017

Matching the longest undefeated streak in program history is usually cause for celebration. But the No. 7 Longhorns stayed solemn after another lackluster performance earned the team its second-straight...

Key Matchups: vs. Kansas State

October 6, 2017

Quarterback Advantage: Kansas State  Shane Buechele can’t seem to stay healthy. Ever since Week Two, the quarterback position has been up in the air for Texas, and this week is no exception....