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All content by Robert Larkin
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Sports writer says thank you, goodbye to journalism

May 10, 2019

I was in the middle of a disastrous golf round when Alex Briseño called me last August. Normally, I wouldn’t have taken a phone call during a round like that. But to be honest, everything...

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Texas forward Jaxson Hayes declares for NBA Draft

April 12, 2019

For the third consecutive season, Texas head coach Shaka Smart will send a big man to the NBA Draft who is projected to be a lottery pick. Forward Jaxson Hayes declared his intention to enter the draft...

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Texas forward Jaxson Hayes declares for NBA Draft

April 11, 2019

For the third consecutive season, Texas head coach Shaka Smart will send a big man to the NBA Draft who is projected to be a lottery pick. Forward Jaxson Hayes declared his intention to enter the draft...

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Longhorns handle Lipscomb to clinch NIT title

April 5, 2019

Dylan Osetkowski walked up to Texas head coach Shaka Smart and gave him a long hug with a smile on his face. Kerwin Roach II went through each of his teammates and handed out high fives, laughing and celebrating...

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After his suspension, Kerwin Roach II rebounding during Longhorns’ NIT run

April 4, 2019

Following Texas’ win over Colorado in the NIT quarterfinals, Kerwin Roach II let out a laugh in the locker room that echoed throughout the room. Leaning forward in his chair, the senior guard was...

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Seniors lead Longhorns to dominant win over Colorado

March 28, 2019

When they look back on Wednesday night years later, Dylan Osetkowski and Kerwin Roach II will call this their senior night. March 9 may carry that title on the Texas basketball schedule, but they will...

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Despite playing in NIT, Longhorns finishing season with pride

March 27, 2019

During the first half of Texas’ game against Xavier, Kerwin Roach II wanted to let the Texas fans inside the Frank Erwin Center know that he cared. After sinking a layup despite being fouled at the...

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Unlikely hero Jericho Sims saves Texas in OT win over Xavier

March 25, 2019

While a large crowd of reporters gathered around Jericho Sims, Royce Hamm, Jr. and Dylan Osetkowski snickered in the locker next to him. For a player who never speaks up and never wants the world’s...

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Longhorns miss NCAA Tournament bid

March 17, 2019

After finishing the season at 16–16 following a loss to Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament, Texas will not be going dancing in March.   The Longhorns will miss out on the NCAA Tournament for...

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Texas faces tall task in order to achieve NCAA Tournament bid

March 14, 2019

A defeated Jaxson Hayes sat at the media podium following Texas’ 69-56 loss to TCU with his head buried into his chest. The weight of disappointment hung on his shoulders not just because of the...

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Texas faces tall task in order to achieve NCAA Tournament bid

March 14, 2019

A defeated Jaxson Hayes sat at the media podium following Texas’ 69-56 loss to TCU with his head buried into his chest. The weight of disappointment hung on his shoulders not just because of the...

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Postseason future in doubt, Longhorns reflect before Big 12 Tournament

March 10, 2019

This was supposed to be Texas’ chance to end the year on a positive note. An opportunity to solidify its NCAA Tournament chances was on the table. The feel-good narrative of sending out seniors Kerwin...

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Assistant coach Neill Berry helps Texas in his first season with a new perspective

March 8, 2019

Before every game, Neill Berry finds the third chair on the Texas bench and takes his seat. The 36-year-old assistant coach is close enough to advise head coach Shaka Smart during the game and only a few...

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Abysmal offensive performance results in Texas’ worst loss of the season

March 5, 2019

Some coaches will urge their players to immediately discard a game from their minds following a bad loss. If Texas head coach Shaka Smart believes in that mantra, Monday night will certainly qualify for...

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Jase Febres continues his excellence behind the arc in win over Iowa State

March 3, 2019

At 17 years old, Jase Febres came to Texas as a younger and underdeveloped player with an immense amount of talent in shooting the basketball. Some saw a project, but Texas head coach Shaka Smart thought...

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Longhorns collapse in Waco, fall 84-83 to Baylor

February 28, 2019

WACO —  The entire Texas team walked to its locker room in disbelief. Some had tears in their eyes, other had sullen faces. After 45 dizzying minutes of basketball, there was one thought on...

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As Longhorns approach March, their focus stays on the present

February 27, 2019

With only four games left on their schedule, the Longhorns are preparing for their final push before the start of the postseason. At 15–12, including a 7–7 mark in Big 12 play, Texas still...

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Eager to show he belongs, Royce Hamm Jr. looks to contribute in Texas’ final games

February 21, 2019

Royce Hamm Jr. remembers the doubt starting to creep into his mind. After playing in only one of the Longhorns’ first nine games and playing only briefly when he entered games in the weeks after,...

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Hamm, Mitrou-Long deliver off the bench in Longhorns’ win over Oklahoma State

February 17, 2019

Prior to Saturday’s game against Oklahoma State, Texas head coach Shaka Smart made himself, and his team, a promise. If he saw that his players weren’t in the right place on the court, he would...

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Longhorns fall short against Kansas State

February 13, 2019

Kerwin Roach II felt the shot attempts were good. The dribble-drive kick outs to the open man, the open 3-point shots outside the arc, the runners into the lane.  They just didn’t execute.  It’s...

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Hoping not to repeat history, Longhorns look to clinch three-game conference win streak

February 12, 2019

Shaka Smart painfully remembers the last time his team had a chance for a three-game win streak in conference play. Over a month ago, Texas was riding high after victories against Kansas State and West...

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Texas captures dominant victory against West Virginia

February 10, 2019

Texas has battled inconsistency for its entire season. Players on the Longhorns’ roster consider themselves capable of beating any team in the country, but they’ve also faced the blunt reality...

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Matt Coleman III flashes his potential in Longhorns’ win over Baylor

February 7, 2019

Shaka Smart will be the first to admit he’s tough on Matt Coleman III. When the sophomore guard stepped on the Texas campus, Smart warned Coleman he was going to push him harder than other coaches...

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Texas falls short in upset bid of No. 20 Iowa State

February 3, 2019

The fans inside Hilton Coliseum exploded with a roar when the three went in. Iowa State guard Lindell Wigginton stood up and turned toward a buzzing red and gold crowd, while a frustrated Dylan Osetkowski...

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Motivated to finish strong, Osetkowski flourishing in conference play

February 1, 2019

Dylan Osetkowski could see the lead dwindling on the scoreboard. After a break at halftime, Texas’ offense had fallen into an unproductive motion of missed shots and turnovers, allowing Kansas to...

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Shaka Smart’s Longhorns earn first victory against Kansas in five seasons

January 30, 2019

It felt like it could all slip away. The 11-point lead, the win against the No. 11 team in the country, Shaka Smart’s first ever victory against Big 12 tyrant Kansas. All of it.  Four points...

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Failure to execute the details preventing Texas from consistently winning games

January 25, 2019

Following Texas’ loss to TCU, Kerwin Roach II looked visibly frustrated. Roach admits he’s never happy after a defeat, but yet another missed opportunity in conference play certainly added...

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Longhorns halt three-game losing streak, take down Oklahoma 75-72

January 20, 2019

Kerwin Roach II knew the night offered a chance for atonement. The entire Texas team did. After three consecutive losses in conference play where late-game execution escaped the Longhorns and the breaks...

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Texas topped by Oklahoma State after disappointing start

January 9, 2019

As the Longhorns headed to the locker room Tuesday night, Shaka Smart was enveloped in frustration. On the stat sheet, his team had fallen just short on the road in a conference game where it’s always...

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Texas wideout Lil’Jordan Humphrey declares for NFL Draft

January 8, 2019

After a breakout junior season, Texas wide receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey announced Tuesday afternoon that he will forgo his senior season and declare for the NFL Draft. “It has not been an...

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Febres’ 23 points leads Texas to win over Kansas State

January 3, 2019

Just six days ago, Jase Febres was pulled out of the Texas starting lineup and moved to bench. The sharpshooting guard had lost his rhythm and touch from outside, going 4-of-16 in his previous two games...

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Lineup changes and second-half effort help Texas to 76-56 win over UT-Arlington

December 29, 2018

Shaka Smart could feel his team stalling. After a loss to Providence, where his team looked disjointed on the offensive end, the fourth-year head coach decided to make a change in his rotation. Jaxson...

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Poor shooting dooms Longhorns in 71-65 loss to Providence

December 22, 2018

Jase Febres hadn’t seen a 3-point shot fall all night, but surely this one had to be it. With his team trailing Providence by only three with a minute left, the sophomore guard caught a pass in the...

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56-point first half guides Longhorns to victory over Grand Canyon

December 16, 2018

An offensive possession nearly 14 minutes into the game encapsulated Texas’ first half on Saturday evening. Mixing dribble penetration with a series of dizzying passing combinations, the Longhorns...

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Turnovers, missed opportunities cost Longhorns in 54-53 loss to VCU

December 6, 2018

Courtney Ramey crouched to his knees on the court in disappointment while Matt Coleman lifted his jersey to his face and shook his head. And as VCU’s entire bench rushed the court in jubilation after...

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Longhorns look to move away from reliance on outside shot

December 5, 2018

Jase Febres caught the pass just behind the 3-point arc and elevated to shoot with three seconds left. His team trailing by three, Febres’ shot was Texas’ final prayer to avoid a devastating...

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Despite fast start, Longhorns fall to No. 11 Michigan State

November 24, 2018

As the clock wound down with two and a half minutes to play, Shaka Smart tried one last effort to save the Longhorns’ winning chances. With his team trailing by eight, the Texas head coach called...

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Kerwin Roach wills Longhorns to 92-89 victory against No. 7 North Carolina

November 23, 2018

If anyone inside Orleans Arena questioned who the best player on the court was Thursday night, Kerwin Roach II reminded them with under nine minutes remaining in the game. With the Longhorns leading...

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Texas looks to make a statement at Las Vegas Invitational

November 20, 2018

Dylan Osetkowski hates talking about last year’s loss against No. 1 Duke. The senior forward has watched the game’s final minutes countless times, reviewing how his team lost a 16-point lead....

Kansas running back Pooka Williams leads Jayhawks against Texas

November 20, 2018

Two years ago, Charlie Strong’s fate was sealed when the Longhorns dropped a late season matchup against lowly Kansas. On Friday, Texas returns to the same spot with the hopes of avenging one of...

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Freshman Brock Purdy leads streaking Cyclones into Austin

November 16, 2018

Three months ago, few people thought the Iowa State-Texas matchup would influence the contenders for the Big 12 title. But those are the stakes for both teams with only two weeks remaining in the regular...

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Texas shrugs off bad offensive start, beats Louisiana Monroe 65-55

November 13, 2018

The Texas faithful inside the Frank Erwin Center sat mostly in silence, stunned at what they were seeing. In what was supposed to amount to a tuneup game Monday night, the Longhorns instead found themselves...

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Freshmen Courtney Ramey and Jaxson Hayes fill early season roles

November 12, 2018

With under two minutes to play in overtime against Arkansas, two Longhorns who stood on the floor weren’t expected to play in the closing minutes. Not yet at least.  It was a pair of freshmen,...

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Longhorns outlast Arkansas for 73-71 victory in Armed Forces Classic

November 10, 2018

Kerwin Roach II found himself in a familiar position. In 17 games last season, the senior guard and the Longhorns had competed in close games that went to the final minute. So with the Longhorns...

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Opponents to Watch: Former ‘Last Chance U’ star leads Tech defense

November 9, 2018

After riding a six-game win streak, Texas has dropped its last two contests against Big 12 opponents in poor defensive performances. Now, the Longhorns will travel to Lubbock to face a talented Texas Tech...

Elijah Mitrou-Long provides needed spark in Texas debut

November 7, 2018

For much of the first half on Tuesday night, Texas looked unprepared for a test against Eastern Illinois. Turnovers, missed defensive assignments and stagnant offensive play defined the Longhorns in an...

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Guided by team-first approach, Longhorns look to impress in season opener

November 6, 2018

The Longhorns will enter Tuesday night’s season opener in a different position than its previous two campaigns. There are no heralded big men or one-and-done prospects on the roster. No Mo Bambas,...

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Longhorn defense looks to rebound against West Virginia’s Grier

November 2, 2018

When No. 13 West Virginia rolls into Austin on Saturday, it will present the most talented team the Longhorns have faced since taking down Oklahoma in early October. And with both teams jostling for positioning...

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Hill poses biggest threat in Stillwater showdown

October 26, 2018

Despite not playing a game this past weekend, the No. 6 Longhorns continued their ascent in the rankings thanks to Purdue toppling then-No. 2 Ohio State. But Texas will put its ranking on the line this...

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Andrew Jones returns at Texas Tip-Off

October 23, 2018

The crowd rose to applaud the player in black sweatpants and a hoodie. Andrew Jones waved back. Jones didn’t expect to play last Wednesday night at Gregory Gymnasium after a toe injury on Oct....