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Breaking down what to expect from Chris Beard on the court with The Daily Toreador’s men’s basketball reporter

Breaking down what to expect from Chris Beard on the court with The Daily Toreador’s men’s basketball reporter

April 8, 2021
The Daily Texan spoke to The Daily Toreador's men’s basketball beat writer Ryan Mainville about what the new Texas head coach will bring to the table on the court and the recruiting trail.
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Who’s running it back?: Looking ahead at Texas men’s basketball roster going into 2021-2022 season

March 25, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 23 issue of The Daily Texan. Heading into the 2020-2021 season, the Texas men’s basketball team was returning every single player from the year...

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Texas suffers shocking 53-52 upset loss to No. 14 Abilene Christian in NCAA Tournament

March 21, 2021

If the Texas basketball season was a movie, winning the Big 12 tournament would have been the Longhorns’ happy ending in a rollercoaster season of ups and downs. Instead, the season ended on the...

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Coleman comes up clutch once again for Texas in win over Texas Tech, sends the Longhorns to Big 12 tournament semifinals

March 12, 2021

With 16.8 seconds left and Texas down one point, there was no doubt in the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri, about who was shooting the final shot. Matt Coleman. Otherwise known to Texas fans...

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“The hardest thing I’ve gone through”: Jase Febres is finally looking like himself after difficult recovery from knee surgery

March 9, 2021

Jase Febres looked like his old self for the first time in more than a year on Tuesday night. It’s been a long time coming for the senior guard, who injured his left knee on Feb. 8, 2020 and underwent...

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Texas men’s basketball took down TCU to end regular season on high note, winning streak

March 8, 2021

Texas took care of business Sunday. Missed windmill dunk aside, the Texas men’s basketball team capitalized on a hot shooting night and took down TCU 76-64 in Fort Worth, ending the season on...

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Texas basketball uses 17-0 run to power past Iowa State

March 3, 2021

Texas started off March on the right note. Head coach Shaka Smart dialed up full-court pressure early in Ames, Iowa, and his defense didn’t disappoint, holding Iowa State scoreless for six minutes...

Trying to understand Texas’ February woes? Look no further than Baylor

March 2, 2021

Baylor’s recent struggles after multiple postponements due to COVID-19 are a stark reminder to Longhorn fans just how devastating time away from the court can be for a college basketball team. The...

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Texas comeback falls short as Longhorns lose to Red Raiders 68-59

February 27, 2021

The Texas offense was anything but pretty in Saturday’s game against Texas Tech. For the first nine minutes of the second half, the Longhorns didn’t score a field goal until a rare 3-point...

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What Texas student-athletes faced during the winter storm

February 26, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 23 print edition. Last Thursday, when several Texas teams returned to practice for the first day after the winter storms,...

Clutch offense for Texas has gone cold. What’s wrong, what’s the fix?

February 23, 2021

Saturday’s down-to-the-wire loss was a reminder of just how fickle clutch offense can be. In the first game against West Virginia on Jan. 9, redshirt junior guard Andrew Jones drained a game-winning...

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Texas tennis falls just short in Indoor Championships final, finish second after heartbreaking midnight loss to North Carolina

February 12, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 9 print edition. Texas women’s tennis seemed poised to make program history late Sunday night at the ITA National...

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Texas escapes upset scare, ends losing streak with 80-77 win over Kansas State

February 10, 2021

With 43 seconds left in Tuesday night’s game, senior guard Matt Coleman missed an easy breakaway dunk that would have put the Longhorns up by six. Then, Kansas State senior guard Mike McGuirl drained...

Texas baseball back in action with mix of grizzled vets, “young cats”

February 8, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 2 print edition. After a layoff of almost 11 months, it’s official: Opening day is less than three weeks away for...

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Texas roster back at full strength just in time for matchup with No. 2 Baylor

February 8, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 2 print edition. Shaka Smart set the tone right out of the gate Monday in his first media availability since returning...

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Men’s tennis fights inexperience through early season

February 8, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 2 print edition. Heading into the 2020-21 season, the loss of two of the best players in college tennis lingered over...

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Texas offense goes cold in 75-67 double overtime loss to Oklahoma State

February 7, 2021

Brock Cunningham was speechless when asked why No. 6 Texas struggled against Oklahoma State’s 2-3 zone in Saturday’s 75-67 double overtime loss. The Longhorns shot just 5-of-35 from three-point...

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Comeback run falls just short as depleted Texas team falls to Oklahoma 80-79

January 27, 2021

Heading into Tuesday’s game against No. 24 Oklahoma, the fifth-ranked Longhorns were as short-handed as it gets: The team only had the minimum eight players available.  Then, three Longhorns...

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‘Kamaka-licious’: Junior forward Hepa provides depth off the bench amid COVID-19 uncertainty

January 26, 2021

You won’t ever miss Kamaka Hepa’s energy from the Texas bench. “You should see him at practice,” junior Courtney Ramey said. “Sometimes I tell him to shut up, like, ‘Come...

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Kai Jones rapidly ascends Texas rotation, NBA draft boards

January 26, 2021

Heading into the college basketball season, there was a clear narrative for Texas: the Longhorns were returning every single player on last year’s squad and adding five-star recruit and freshman...

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Shaka Smart tests positive for COVID-19

January 25, 2021

Texas men’s basketball head coach Shaka Smart tested positive for COVID-19, Texas Athletics announced in a press release Monday. “I tested positive for COVID and am in isolation away from...

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Playing through pain: Sophomore Donovan Williams has had long journey back to full strength

January 22, 2021

Donovan Williams has played through pain almost his entire basketball career. The sophomore guard’s left knee issues first began during his junior year of high school. But Williams played through...

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Jones’s clutch three secures Longhorns’ win in Morgantown

January 9, 2021

There are a variety of explanations for Texas’ outstanding performance in tight games this season — maturity, experience, grit, belief. Whatever the reason, Texas has come in clutch in close...

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Andrew Jones scores career-high 23 points as Texas beats Iowa State

January 6, 2021

There weren’t any fans allowed in the stands at the Frank Erwin Center on Tuesday night to watch the highest ranked Texas team in head coach Shaka Smart’s tenure take on the Iowa State Cyclones.  But...

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Texas dominates No. 3 Kansas in stunning 84-59 blowout at Allen Fieldhouse

January 2, 2021

Heading into Saturday’s game against No. 3 Kansas, there were a lot of questions for an upstart Texas basketball team. Could the Longhorns generate reliable offense against top defenses? Did Texas...

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Brown shines in matchup of top freshmen as Texas beats Oklahoma State

December 21, 2020

Five minutes into the second half of Texas’ game against Oklahoma State on Sunday, it seemed as if the Longhorns’ offense had gone dormant. The Cowboy’s 2-3 zone had given Texas fits,...

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Texas beats Sam Houston State in non-conference tune-up

December 17, 2020

Before the season, Texas head coach Shaka Smart and his coaching staff made deflections a point of emphasis. “Deflections is a number we make a big deal out of,” Smart said in a preseason...

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Brown posts career-highs in Texas’ win over Texas State

December 10, 2020

Fans at the Frank Erwin Center got their first small taste of freshman forward Greg Brown’s potential Wednesday night. Texas State kept within striking distance of Texas for much of the night...

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Texas falls to No. 12 Villanova in backbreaking 68-64 loss

December 6, 2020

It seemed like the Longhorns were bound for another clutch finish. With two and a half minutes left in their game against Villanova on Sunday, junior guard Courtney Ramey buried a 3-pointer to even the...

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Head to head history: Here’s the history behind the Texas vs. Kansas State matchup

December 6, 2020

The Longhorns have held the all-time record advantage over every team they’ve played so far this season — that is until they face Kansas State on Saturday. Texas is 10–10 all time...

Texas beats No. 14 North Carolina, improves to 4–0 in Maui Invitational championship game

December 3, 2020

Matt Coleman did it again.  After his heroics against Oklahoma last year, the senior guard hit another game-winning shot to lift Texas to a gritty 69-67 win over No. 14 North Carolina to win the...

Texas men’s basketball shines on defense in 66-44 win over Indiana

December 1, 2020

The Longhorns put the clamps on the Hoosiers on Tuesday afternoon and didn’t let them go all game in their 66-44 win over Indiana in the second round of the 2020 Maui Invitational. Texas played...

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Ramey hits game-winner as Texas scrapes by in 78-76 win over Davidson

November 30, 2020

Texas unleashed its three-guard lineup in redshirt junior guard Andrew Jones’ season debut, but it was junior guard Courtney Ramey who made the game-winning layup to give the Longhorns a close 78-76...

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4 Texas men’s basketball updates before 2020 Maui Invitational

November 30, 2020

The Texas men’s basketball team touched down in Asheville, North Carolina on Saturday and practiced Sunday morning in preparation for the 2020 Maui Invitational.  While North Carolina is...

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COVID-19 cancellations, uncertainty loom large as Texas men’s basketball season returns

November 27, 2020

Editor's note: This story was originally published in the Nov. 24 issue of the The Daily Texan. Read about the results of the game against UT-Rio Grande Valley here.  The 14-day quarantine...

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Texas men’s basketball shows off depth, defense, cruises to win over UT-RGV

November 26, 2020

It didn’t take long for Texas to be tested this season. Redshirt junior guard Andrew Jones, who head coach Shaka Smart called the team’s best scorer, sat out of Wednesday night’s home...

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Head to head history: Here’s the history behind the Texas vs. Iowa State matchup

November 25, 2020

Before the Big 12 lost four of its members and shrunk to a 10-team conference in 2011, Iowa State and Texas had only played seven times, with the Longhorns undefeated despite the fact that the Cyclones...

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Texas basketball guards Coleman, Jones, Ramey will be key to unlocking Longhorns’ offense

November 24, 2020

When the Texas basketball team rattled off an electric five-game winning streak to save its NCAA tournament bid last season, redshirt junior guard Andrew Jones said the trio of him, senior guard Matt Coleman...

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Handling Texas basketball rotation will be Shaka Smart’s biggest challenge

November 11, 2020

On paper, there’s no way to go but up for the Texas men’s basketball team. Every single player on last year’s squad will return this season, with the addition of Greg Brown, a five-star...

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Head to head history: Here’s the history behind the Texas vs. West Virginia matchup

November 8, 2020

After the great Big 12 exodus of 2012 when Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri and Texas A&M left the conference, West Virginia took the opportunity to join the Big 12. It didn’t take long for the...

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Head to head history: Here’s the history behind the Texas vs. Oklahoma State matchup

November 1, 2020

In his six years as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State from 2013-2018, Mike Yurcich’s Cowboys went 5–1 against the Longhorns, putting up totals of 30, 38 and 49 in three different games. The...

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Head to head history: Here’s the history behind the Texas vs. Baylor matchup

October 25, 2020

The Texas football team will play Baylor this week, a squad it has dominated historically yet struggled to beat in the past decade. The Longhorns are 78–27–4 against Baylor, but only 5–5...

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Head-to-head history: Here’s the history behind the Texas vs. Oklahoma matchup

October 10, 2020

The Red River Showdown needs no introduction. Since 1900, the year of the first matchup between Texas and Oklahoma, the Longhorns and Sooners have met 115 times. In 1929, the teams agreed to play their...

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Head to head: Here’s the history behind the Texas vs. TCU matchup

October 4, 2020

When TCU joined the Big 12 conference in 2012, no one expected the Horned Frogs to compete for Big 12 titles, but they have been a thorn in the Longhorns’ side. “It’s a team that quite...

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Head to head: History behind Texas vs. Texas Tech

September 27, 2020

One thing about Saturday’s matchup between Texas and Texas Tech is clear: When the Longhorns and Red Raiders meet on the football field, there’s going to be a lot of scoring. Texas Tech...

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New hires, new schedule, new practice protocols: Smart talks upcoming season in Thursday teleconference

September 25, 2020

Since the men’s basketball team returned to campus and to voluntary offseason workouts in July, head coach Shaka Smart said he’s been limiting close contact and live 5-on-5 practice. The...

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Former Texas star James Thomas graduates 16 years after Longhorn basketball career ends

September 25, 2020

Sixteen years after James Thomas played his last game as a Longhorn, he decided to go back to school and get his degree. The former Texas basketball center reached out to an academic adviser in the...

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NCAA votes to start college basketball season Nov. 25

September 16, 2020

The NCAA’s Division I Council set a Nov. 25 start date for the college basketball season Wednesday, the NCAA announced in a statement. In Wednesday’s meeting, the council also voted to start...

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Head to head: Here’s the history behind the UT vs. UTEP matchup

September 12, 2020

The last time the Texas football team played UT-El Paso, Charlie Strong was in his final year as head coach, Shane Buechele was set to make his second start at quarterback as a true freshman and the Longhorns...

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UT-Austin students gain experience on Texas baseball analytics team

September 11, 2020

After Ryan Monsevalles worked with the Texas baseball team as a student video manager, the experience opened up a world of opportunities, including a job with the Toronto Blue Jays. But when he returned...