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Men’s basketball prices rise 7 percent for 2015–2016 season

April 15, 2015

To watch new head coach Shaka Smart and his signature “havoc” style of play, it is going to cost a little bit more. All basketball season tickets have risen by an average of 7 percent with...


Smart finalizes Texas’ new coaching staff, brings assistants from VCU

April 10, 2015

Less than a week after being hired as Texas’ new men’s basketball coach, Shaka Smart has finalized the rest of his coaching staff. Two of Smart’s assistants at Virginia Commonwealth...


Smart inks seven-year coaching deal, promises exciting style of basketball

April 6, 2015

When men’s athletic director Steve Patterson was looking for a new head basketball coach, he said he felt Shaka Smart was the only man for the job. “We said: ‘Who do we really want?’”...


Column: Smart’s upbringing makes him loyal, committed coach

April 6, 2015

It wasn’t always about basketball for new head coach Shaka Smart. He remembers sitting at a typewriter when he was young, sending letters to his father, who left for a supposed vacation to his...


Five things to know about Texas’ newest head coach Shaka Smart

April 3, 2015

Texas made it official Friday that Virginia Commonwealth's Shaka Smart has become the Longhorns' newest head coach. Smart, who spent six seasons with the Rams, replaces veteran head coach Rick...


Myles Turner declares for 2015 NBA Draft after just one season at Texas

March 31, 2015

Texas freshman forward Myles Turner announced early Monday through Twitter and a YouTube video that he will be entering his name in the 2015 NBA Draft. “My name is Myles Turner, UT alum, and I’ve...


Top prospects to replace former Texas head coach Rick Barnes

March 31, 2015

Rick Barnes is gone from his post after 17 seasons with the Longhorns, leaving the head coaching position vacant. Texas immediately began the search for his replacement, which it could find within a week....


Column: Rick Barnes will be remembered for more than his record

March 30, 2015

In one tweet, Texas basketball legend T. J. Ford summed up the situation: a sad ending to the greatest chapter yet of Texas basketball. “Dear Rick Barnes, I never thought this day would come,”...


Texas’ season comes to an end in 56–48 loss to Butler

March 19, 2015

Butler went ahead and ended Texas’ disappointing season Thursday afternoon, 56–48. And it was all too familiar for head coach Rick Barnes and company in college basketball’s biggest...


March Madness preview: What you need to know about Butler University basketball

March 18, 2015

Few Texas fans know much about Butler. Heck, even head coach Rick Barnes admitted he doesn't know much about Butler. While he analyzes them frantically on his Synergy Sports app...


Column: Texas needs to take advantage of its size when facing Butler

March 18, 2015

All season long, I waited for Texas to take advantage of the size. I’ve waited for them to consistently feed junior center Cameron Ridley and freshman forward Myles Turner. Ridley’s mass...


March Madness preview: Texas and Butler are statistically similar, but with entirely different styles of play

March 18, 2015

Texas vs Butler: two teams nearly identical on paper, but opposite in reality. Both teams have struggled to score. Butler averages 69.6 ppg. Texas 67.9. Texas shoots just .436. Butler .439. Both...


Texas gets No. 11 seed in NCAA tournament

March 15, 2015

Jonathan Holmes was nervous leading up to Selection Sunday. As the lone scholarship senior, he didn’t want to finish his career in the NIT. Yet he knew that was an unfortunate possibility after Texas...


Texas blows late lead against Iowa State, loses on buzzer-beater in Big 12 tournament

March 13, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Texas had it in the bag. And then, just like that, Iowa State’s Monte Morris’ step-back buzzer-beater sunk Texas and gave Iowa State the 69–67 win in the Big...


Texas set to take on Iowa State

March 12, 2015

Wednesday night’s win over Texas Tech probably got Texas into the field of 68. A win over No. 13 Iowa State Thursday night at 6 p.m. would make that nearly certain. It could also help them avoid...


Texas handles Tech, 65-53, in first round of Big 12 tournament

March 12, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For the third-straight game, Texas came out victorious in what felt like an NCAA tournament elimination game. The Longhorns topped then-No. 14 Baylor on March 2. Then they defeated...


Inconsistent Longhorns head into Big 12 tournament

March 11, 2015

Consistency. Consistency. Consistency. That’s all Rick Barnes wants heading into tournament play. However, his team is riddled with inconsistency. Senior forward Jonathan Holmes, who was the...


Ibeh’s defensive strength will be critical in match-up against Kansas State

March 6, 2015

Isaiah Taylor’s game-winning overtime shot Monday earned him the title “hero” — but it was really Prince Ibeh who wore the cape in the team’s huge win over No. 14 Baylor. Although...


Taylor’s game-winner gives Longhorns hope for NCAA Tournament

March 3, 2015

With Texas’ NCAA tournament hopes on the line, sophomore guard Isaiah Taylor showed up just in time to save the day. As No. 14 Baylor built its lead and was staving off the Longhorns, Taylor was...

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Texas’ tailspin continues with loss at West Virginia

February 25, 2015

Texas’ tailspin continued Tuesday night after No. 20 West Virginia held on to its early big lead for a 71–64 victory. It’s the third loss in a row for a slumping Texas team — now...


Holmes struggles as season draws to close

February 24, 2015

It was clear how frustrated senior forward Jonathan Holmes was with himself Saturday after his 2-point performance against No. 12 Iowa State. He stared straight down with his head in his hands as the media...


Yancy’s career night spoiled in loss to Iowa State

February 21, 2015

For the second straight game, Texas spoiled a brilliant performance from sophomore guard Kendal Yancy.   Saturday afternoon, Yancy poured in a career-high 29 points against No. 14 Iowa State —...


Longhorns fall in close game to Oklahoma Sooners

February 18, 2015

The Longhorns had a chance to steal one in Norman, Oklahoma, on Tuesday night. Big nights from sophomore guard Kendal Yancy and freshman forward Myles Turner had the Longhorns up 5 with 3:34 left. The...


Barnes’ journey to 600th win marks just another milestone in long career

February 17, 2015

For the past few weeks, head coach Rick Barnes has faced questions about his job security.  His team, which many picked to unseat Kansas as the Big 12 champion, has struggled mightily on offense...


Myles Turner turns out in force as Texas beats Tech

February 15, 2015

This was the Myles Turner everyone has been waiting for. Not the freshman who scored in the single digits in the last four games or the self-proclaimed 7-footer who, in that same time period, missed...


Player notes and numbers from Longhorns’ win against TCU

February 12, 2015

Stock Up: Sophomore guard Kendal Yancy Yancy set the tone for Texas’ victory Wednesday night. After a slow start, Yancy woke Texas up with two deep balls. He ended the game with 12 points and...


Barnes vies for 600th win as Texas takes on Texas Christian University

February 11, 2015

When unranked Texas hosts TCU on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Frank Erwin Center, there will be plenty of story lines to follow. Head coach Rick Barnes will be vying for his 600th victory. Senior forward...


Texas may be shorthanded in key matchup against Kansas State

February 6, 2015

When No. 25 Texas travels to Kansas State on Saturday, the team may be playing to save its season — and it may have to do so shorthanded. Junior shooting guard Javan Felix missed Wednesday’s...


Texas falls short in loss to Oklahoma State

February 5, 2015

Sophomore point guard Isaiah Taylor toed the free-throw line with 3.2 seconds left and a chance at a come-from-behind victory.  No. 25 Texas (14–8, 3–6 Big 12) had just clawed its way...


Longhorns ignore big men on campus

January 28, 2015

Against Kansas on Saturday, No. 19 Texas took nearly seven minutes to get the ball to the post. How do head coach Rick Barnes and his towering starting lineup go so long without feeding the highly recruited big...


As shots fall short, so do Longhorns

January 27, 2015

A late-game rally gave No. 19 Texas a chance at a comeback, but, eventually, the hole was too much for the Longhorns to overcome in their game against Iowa State Monday night. No. 15 Iowa State manhandled...


Notes from Texas’ loss to Kansas

January 24, 2015

No. 17 Texas fell 75–62 against No. 11 Kansas on Saturday — the team’s second home loss in the first half of conference play. This defeat puts the Longhorns at 3-3 in Big 12 play before...


No offense, but lack of it hurts Texas’ title hopes

January 21, 2015

I think this team is good enough to win a national title. That was my thought on Nov. 14, after Texas walloped North Dakota State on its opening day. And coming from me, that was saying something. I’m...


Texas hopes to separate from the Big 12 pack

January 20, 2015

Before winter break, the men’s basketball team was breezing through the season. It was No. 6 in the polls, and its only loss was to top-ranked Kentucky on its home court in Lexington, Kentucky. People...


Malcom Brown to enter NFL Draft

January 9, 2015

Texas junior defensive tackle Malcom Brown announced Thursday that he has opted to forgo his senior year and enter the 2015 NFL Draft. “Coach [Chris] Rumph talked to me right after the [Texas...

Oklahoma embarrasses Longhorns on Big Monday

January 6, 2015

Big Monday couldn’t have gone any worse for No. 10 Texas at home as No. 16 Oklahoma sent a loud and clear message to the rest of the Big 12 and the nation. Wrecking Texas 70-49 on its home...

Offense thrives as No. 9 Texas surges past Lipscomb

December 17, 2014

Texas put their offensive woes in the rearview mirror as they pummeled Lipscomb 106-61 Tuesday night at the Erwin Center. “The fact is we moved the ball,” head coach Rick Barnes said. “That’s...

Damarcus Croaker to transfer

December 17, 2014

Sophomore guard Damarcus Croaker will transfer and has been given an unconditional release from his scholarship, the school announced Tuesday afternoon. The 6-foot-2 guard will probably transfer somewhere...

Texas defense allows fewest points since 1946 in blowout of Texas State

December 14, 2014

The No. 8 Longhorns are banking on the principle that “defense wins championships.” Their offense continues to struggle, but their defense is as good as anyone after holding Texas...


Notes from Texas’ win against UT-Arlington

December 3, 2014

The men’s basketball team found itself in a close one against a lower-ranked UT-Arlington team but pulled out a 63-53 victory in the end. Freshman forward Myles Turner led the Longhorns with an 18...


Javan Felix is the only remaining option

December 2, 2014

No. 6 Texas’ greatest assets were supposed to be its depth and 11-man rotation. Head coach Rick Barnes has plenty to choose from in the front court with four rotation players who are at least...


Jonathan Holmes’ last-second three stuns UConn

November 30, 2014

Down 54-52 to No. 24 UConn with 4.4 seconds left, basketball head coach Rick Barnes drew up a familiar play. Coming off a back screen, senior forward Jonathan Holmes found himself wide open in the corner...

Stock Up, Stock Down: TCU

November 26, 2014

Stock Up: Armanti Foreman For the first time this season, a receiver other than seniors Jaxon Shipley and John Harris stepped up. Coming into Stillwater, Oklahoma, Foreman had never recorded no more...

Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 14

November 26, 2014

1) TCU The Horned Frogs struggled in a surprising game at Kansas, but quarterback Trevone Boykin continues to show he deserves to be in the Heisman conversation. Their defense, which was supposed to...

Isaiah Taylor injury update

November 22, 2014

NEW YORK CITY — Amid swirls of speculation about the status of his injury, sophomore point guard Isaiah Taylor spoke to a few members of the media Friday night reaffirming the uncertainty...


Longhorns claim 2K Classic Championship at Madison Square Garden

November 22, 2014

NEW YORK CITY — Just over two years ago, Texas basketball was shocked in Maui, Hawaii, by Chaminade, a Division II team. Just the thought of the game brings back bad memories for head coach Rick...


Holmes, adjustments lead Longhorns to win in New York

November 21, 2014

NEW YORK CITY — It was a tale of two halves at Madison Square Garden. Iowa came out ready, opening up a double-digit first-half lead. But the Longhorns dominated the second half, outscoring the Hawkeyes...


Freshman phenomenon Myles Turner shows maturity through first games of season

November 20, 2014

Welcome to The Myles Turner Show. Where his signature bucket hats are in full force. Where disc jockeys rock the Frank Erwin Center. And where pyrotechnics get the night started. The freshman forward...


Men’s basketball steamrolls Alcorn State

November 17, 2014

Alcorn State was no match for Texas on Sunday, as the No. 10 Longhorns ran away with an 85-53 victory in Austin to cap off an impressive opening weekend. It got ugly early on as Alcorn State (0-2) couldn’t...


Holmes makes position change to the wing

November 14, 2014

Senior forward Jonathan Holmes needed to move from the four to the three. In simpler terms, he is moving positions from the power forward to the small forward because the addition of freshman forward Myles...