The Daily Texan

All content by Steve Helwick

Sports writer thankful for ride

May 10, 2019

I remember submitting my Daily Texan application back in September 2015. What journalistic experience do you have? None. I hadn’t written anything outside of an English paper. After contemplation,...


Texas avenges TCU to advance to NIT Championship

April 3, 2019

Less than one month ago, TCU stormed into Austin and terminated Texas’ March Madness hopes with a surprising 69-56 thrashing of the Longhorns. That loss sent Texas into the NIT, but along the way,...


Texas aims to avenge TCU in Madison Square Garden

April 2, 2019

A legendary arena, a banner-raising opportunity and a rematch against a bitter rival. Texas’ successful National Invitation Tournament run has brought the Longhorns many opportunities to capitalize...


Texas aims to avenge TCU in Madison Square Garden

April 2, 2019

A legendary arena, a banner-raising opportunity and a rematch against a bitter rival. Texas’ successful National Invitation Tournament run has brought the Longhorns many opportunities to capitalize...


NIT superfan enlivens atmosphere of Texas’ tournament run

March 28, 2019

The Frank Erwin Center closed its upper deck for the National Invitational Tournament, so the 3,982 fans in attendance all compacted into the lower bowl of the 42-year old venue. This crowd formation...


Osetkowski’s career night powers Texas to NIT victory

March 20, 2019

Texas learned its postseason fate Sunday evening, earning a bid in the National Invitation Tournament opposed to a desired spot in March Madness. Despite a homecoming to familiar stomping grounds, Texas...


Kansas silences Texas in Big 12 quarterfinals

March 15, 2019

The flame on the flickering candle may have vanished for good. The 2018–19 Texas basketball season, one which saw the Longhorns attain their highest ranking in the Shaka Smart era, now remains...


Bane ruins Longhorns’ Senior Day behind 34-point outing

March 10, 2019

NCAA Tournament dreams stood hopeful as Senior Day celebrations commenced Saturday morning at the Frank Erwin Center. The familiar home environment has served as the Longhorns’ petri dish this season...


Febres, Texas smother Iowa State to end skid

March 3, 2019

After a two-week absence, Texas returned home, bruised and scarred from its previous battles. The Longhorns, situated on the bubble of the NCAA Tournament bracket, suffered two consecutive road heartbreakers...


Ramey, Hepa step in for absent seniors

February 28, 2019

WACO — Texas traveled across I-35 to Waco with optimistic March Madness hopes, but arrived with a shorthanded roster. For the second consecutive game, shooting guard Kerwin Roach II sat out with...


Sooners reject Coleman’s buzzer beater to stave off Texas comeback

February 23, 2019

With leading scorer Kerwin Roach II serving an indefinite suspension, Texas trailed by 17 in the second half in a road rematch against Oklahoma. But with six seconds left in Norman, all of that was for...


Texas guard Kerwin Roach II suspended indefinitely

February 22, 2019

Texas shooting guard Kerwin Roach II has been suspended for a violation of team rules, a Texas spokesperson confirmed Friday morning. The indefinite suspension means Roach will miss Saturday’s...


Senior-led Texas exacts revenge on Oklahoma State, 69-57

February 17, 2019

This NBA All-Star Weekend, a 3-point shootout erupted. But instead of Charlotte, this one stemmed from the Frank Erwin Center in the heart of Austin. Texas and Oklahoma State combined to fire 44 3-point...


Dissecting Texas’ collapse against Kansas State

February 14, 2019

The time finally seemed to arrive. The inconsistencies were finally wiped away, rhythm was established on the offensive side of the ball and three consecutive conference wins looked to be in the works...


Roach, Longhorns pummel Big 12 frontrunner Baylor, 84-72

February 7, 2019

There’s no place like home. The Frank Erwin Center has treated the Longhorns kindly — no matter the opponent. The favorable trend prolonged Wednesday night as Texas (13–10, 5–5...


Texas aims to amend mistakes against streaking Baylor

February 6, 2019

Statement wins have been more than a feasible accomplishment for the 2018-19 Texas Longhorns. While Texas succeeds at laying down the foundation, the team has been incapable of building on that soil thus...


Former Longhorns LaMarcus Aldridge, Jarrett Allen battle in San Antonio

February 1, 2019

SAN ANTONIO — Prior to Thursday night’s tipoff at the AT&T Center, Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge earned his seventh All-Star selection in his 13-year career, his third in four seasons...


Texas exorcises five years of demons, knocks off Kansas

January 30, 2019

Ten losses, five years, two coaches, immeasurable heartbreak.  All of that pent-up emotion finally flowed free when center Jaxson Hayes corralled the final rebound, and the red lights of the backboard...


Georgia exacts Sugar Bowl revenge on Texas in hoops

January 28, 2019

At the beginning of the month, Texas and Georgia clashed in New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl. The night began in dramatic fashion, as Texas’ Bevo XV charged at Georgia’s Uga during a meeting...


Turnovers, fouls hinder Longhorns in close loss at TCU

January 24, 2019

FORT WORTH — Big 12 road games have been anything but a cakewalk for Texas this year. But with under 30 seconds remaining in Schollmaier Arena, the Longhorns possessed the ball with an opportunity...


Assistant coach Matthew McConaughey fuels Texas to energetic win over Oklahoma

January 23, 2019

Typical college basketball benches feature about 10 players, a head coach, several assistants and trainers. Some colleges take their benches to the next level with coordinated bench mob celebrations. And...


Assistant coach Matthew McConaughey fuels Texas to energetic win over Oklahoma

January 20, 2019

Typical college basketball benches feature about 10 players, a head coach, several assistants and trainers. Some colleges take their benches to the next level with coordinated bench mob celebrations. And...


Texas lies one shot short of statement upset in Kansas

January 15, 2019

LAWRENCE, Kan. — For several seconds, the always-vociferous Allen Fieldhouse stood silent. All 16,300 spectators packed together with no breathing room locked eyes upon Texas point guard Matt Coleman....


No. 8 Texas Tech races past Texas to hand Longhorns consecutive losses

January 13, 2019

The start of an arduous Big 12 schedule has not showed kindness to Shaka Smart and the Longhorns. Texas (10–6, 2–2 Big 12) dropped its second straight contest and fourth home game this year,...


Texas defense carves Mountaineers

January 6, 2019

Big 12 play is off to a favorable start for the Texas Longhorns. After downing Kansas State by 20 in Manhattan, Texas (10–4, 2–0) followed up the conference opener with a definitive, nearly...


Texas fends off Edwards’ 40, snaps losing streak

December 10, 2018

In the midst of a three-game losing streak, Texas faced arguably the greatest individual performance any member of its roster had seen. Purdue point guard Carsen Edwards embedded his name all over Sunday...


Smart upset by former program, assistant coach

December 6, 2018

By ushering in the program’s first Final Four appearance, upgrading its conference and becoming a March Madness staple, head coach Shaka Smart cemented a defining legacy at Virginia Commonwealth...


Poor shooting sparks Radford’s upset over No. 17 Texas

December 3, 2018

The Longhorns were at the pinnacle one week ago. On Thanksgiving night in Las Vegas, Shaka Smart led his Longhorns to a statement upset over perennial national championship contender North Carolina....


NBA scout advice fuels Roach for 2019 draft

November 27, 2018

After three years, it could have been the end of the road. A dejected Texas Longhorn squad walked through the tunnel at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, clutching onto a shattering overtime loss...

Games to Watch: Week 12

November 20, 2018

With Texas' Big 12 hopes riding on a victory in Lawrence, Kansas, Oklahoma and West Virginia must battle it out in Morgantown for a spot in the conference title. Here's a look at all of the must-watch...


Longhorns overcome shooting slump to silence Bulldogs

November 19, 2018

Sluggish starts aren’t the new flavor at the Frank Erwin Center, but strong finishes aren’t either. During each home game of this young season, the team has battled neck-and-neck with the...


Iowa State breakthrough stems from receivers

November 16, 2018

On Tuesday night’s College Football Playoff rankings reveal, a program relatively new to the scene saw its logo on the screen next to the number 16. After compiling an 11–37 record from 2013–2016,...

Games to Watch: Week 12

November 16, 2018

From Yankee Stadium to Boone Pickens Stadium, Week 12 is bringing another stacked slate of games to watch. Here are the matchups you won't want to miss: No. 12 Syracuse vs. No. 3 Notre Dame  Saturday,...


Games to watch: Big matchups headline Week 11

November 9, 2018

From Norman, Oklahoma to East Lansing, Michigan, there will be more than enough games you won't want to miss. Here are the games to watch for Week 11:  No. 23 Fresno State at Boise State Friday,...


Longhorns stampede Panthers to open season

November 7, 2018

Head coach Shaka Smart started his fourth year at Texas with a different, unfamiliar hand of cards. There was no first round NBA-talent center on the roster and Kerwin Roach II, one of his veteran players,...


Week 10: Must-watch games

November 2, 2018

From Baton Rouge to Lubbock, Week 10 brings with it yet another jam packed slate of must-watch games. Here are the matchups you won't want to miss:   No. 6 Georgia at No. 9 Kentucky Saturday,...

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Campbell brothers change meaning of teammates

November 2, 2018

From walking on as a free safety, to becoming a scout team staple, West Virginia’s starting middle linebacker, Shea Campbell, has done nothing but climb a steep ladder since joining the program in...

Games to Watch: Week Nine

October 26, 2018

Before No. 6 Texas takes on Oklahoma State in Stillwater, No. 9 Florida and No. 6 Georgia will demand the attention of the college football world. Here are the must-watch games of Week Nine:  Texas...


Fans get first look at Longhorns ahead of season opener

October 18, 2018

In the heart of the campus at Gregory Gym, Texas Athletics manufactured quite the production. Showcasing food trucks, a silent disco and a dunk contest, the Longhorns put forth their best effort to...


Super Saturday: Week Seven provides must watch games

October 12, 2018

From Death Valley to Anne Arbor, Week Seven of this year's college football season provide an abundance of must watch games. Here are a few games you won't want to miss aside from No. 9 Texas'...

High-profile matchup in The Swamp among Games to Watch

October 5, 2018

From Ann Arbor to Gainesville, there is are a plethora of must-see games throughout the country this week. With No. 19 Texas heading to the Cotton Bowl, here are a list of games you can...


Games to Watch: Week Five

September 28, 2018

From Lubbock to Happy Valley, there is are a plethora of must see games spread out throughout the country this week. With No. 18 Texas heading to Manhattan, Kansas, here are a list of games you can watch...

Stanford-Oregon highlights list of games to watch in Week Four

September 21, 2018

There's no shortage of high-profile matchups and potential upsets slated for this weekend, from Texas A&M-Alabama to Stanford-Oregon and more. Here are the top picks for games to...

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Revisiting a classic: Ehlinger and Rector share memories from 2017’s 2OT thriller

September 14, 2018

When Texas and USC are pitted against each other in the same sentence, nearly every college football fan paints the same portrait in their minds. The image of Vince Young sprinting to the corner of...


College GameDay heads to Fort Worth for TCU’s matchup with Buckeyes

September 14, 2018

Week 3 Games to Watch No. 5 Oklahoma at Iowa State  Saturday, 11 a.m., ABC In one of the wildest upsets of 2017, Iowa State marched into Norman and knocked off Baker Mayfield and the Sooners,...


Oklahoma tops Big 12 power rankings

September 7, 2018

Week One of college football saw the same two powerhouses from the Big 12 dominate, as usual: Oklahoma and TCU. With West Virginia close behind, here are The Daily Texan's first Big 12 power rankings...

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Green returns home for matchup against Longhorns

September 7, 2018

A gathering of nearly 100,000 fans will flock to Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday night to get their first look at Texas’ 2018 squad.  It’ll be a homecoming of sorts,...

Week Two games to watch

September 7, 2018

For Week Two, a number of high-profile college football matchups take place around the country. Here are some of the games to watch for this weekend: Arizona at Houston   Saturday, 11 a.m.,...


Week One games to watch

August 31, 2018

Florida Atlantic at No. 7 Oklahoma Saturday, 11 a.m., FOX After three years of leading the Sooners to Big 12 titles, Baker Mayfield has departed for the waters of the NFL. That leaves Oklahoma with...


Storylines for Year Four of the Shaka Era

May 4, 2018

Year four of the Shaka Smart era begins next November, and mixed expectations surround a team with very little player turnover from the previous year. Will the Longhorns have any NBA talent?  Each...