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  1. *****TEXAS vs. OU Game Thread

  2. *****TEXAS vs. OU Game Thread

    Texas needs a road win today or at KU (along with other things) to make a case for inclusion into the Big Dance. I don’t like their chances in Lawrence, so today is almost a must win for the team.
  3. Via Texas Sports: Texas (15-11, 5-8 Big 12) at #23/23 Oklahoma (16-9, 6-7 Big 12) Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 - 11 a.m. Central Lloyd Noble Center (11,528) - Norman, Oklahoma GameDay Quick Facts • TELEVISION: The game will be televised nationally by ESPN. Bob Wischusen (pxp) and Dick Vitale (analyst) will call the action. • RADIO: The Longhorn IMG Radio Network broadcasts every UT game on the statewide network. Craig Way (pxp) and Eddie Oran (analyst) will call the action. Check www.TexasSports.com for a listing of affiliates carrying the game. • SERIES: Oklahoma leads, 54-38. Last meeting: Texas 79-74 (Feb. 3, 2018; Austin).
  4. ***Series Thread: Louisiana Lafayette vs Texas***

    Let the season begin!
  5. Article by Jameson McCausland This Friday night, Texas baseball will return to action for the first time since the 2017 season ended in Long Beach with a loss in the regional final. On Wednesday, head coach David Pierce met with the media to discuss the upcoming 2018 season. Pierce emphasized the excitement he felt about heading into opening day after months of preparation throughout fall practices and into the spring. “The beauty about coaching is it’s a new year, every year. You got a new group. The excitement of opening day is the best, it doesn’t matter if you are opening up against Our Lady of the Foul Line or Louisiana Lafayette, it’s opening day,” Pierce said. The Longhorns will have a lot of new faces on the field after losing 11 players to the MLB draft. The coaching staff hit the junior college ranks hard trying to fill holes in the roster. Infielder Masen Hibbeler, catcher D.J Petrinsky and outfielder Duke Ellis are all junior college transfers who will fill key roles for the 2018 squad. “(D.J) and Michael (McCann) are going to share some time, but right now I would give D.J the nod. He really brings a calmness to him,” Pierce said. “Masen Hibbeler is one of our best hitters. Sometimes you worry about numbers from a kid coming out of junior college, and he hit .490 at Odessa, but does that translate to the type of pitching we face day in and day out. He’s got a chance to hit in the 2-4 hole for us. Then you look at a kid like Duke Ellis and Kamron Fields, now Kamron isn’t a JUCO kid, but we did to make sure we can solidify CF, and Duke can really go get it defensively” In terms of a starting lineup, Pierce said it would be Kody Clemens at 3B, David Hamilton at SS, Hibbeler at 2B, Ryan Reynolds at 1B and D.J Petrinsky behind the plate. In the outfield, Tate Shaw will start in LF, Ellis in CF and Austin Todd in RF. Hamilton will enter his sophomore season after starting all but 1 game as a freshman. Pierce praised his starting SS and talked about the improvements he has made in his game. “He won the job last year somewhat by default,” Pierce said. “He’s one of the toughest kids I’ve ever coached. When you can go out everyday and play the type of defense he did while struggling offensively, it tells you what kind of mental toughness he has. So now his body is a little stronger and he’s more confident in his swing, but he hasn’t lost his defense.” On the mound, Texas has already locked in their weekend rotation of Nolan Kingham, Chase Shugart and Blair Henley. In the bullpen, Texas will rely on Josh Sawyer, Andy McGuire and Bryce Verplank to help get the ball to closer Beau Ridgeway. In addition to the late inning bullpen arms, Pierce and pitching coach Phil Haig will also have the luxury deploying talented newcomers Bryce Elder and Matteo Bocchi. “(Elder) throws as good of a cutter as I’ve seen, especially at his age. He’s a four pitch mix guy,” Pierce said. “I’m really impressed with Matteo Bocchi. When he got here, he had like 7 pitches and he hadn’t mastered any of them. We’ve narrowed him down to 3 pitches and his slider has really, really improved. He’s one of the few guys who knows a true split-finger. The key for him is being able to throw his fastball and locate his spots.” The Longhorns will face a tough task opening weekend as they welcome Louisiana Lafayette, a team that beat Texas 8-1 in a midweek game last season. “They’re good. Coach Robichaux does a great job with them,” Pierce said. They do a great job on the mound. They’ve lost a few of their everyday guys, but they got a very good approach. They will put the ball in play with their speed guys, and their power guys got a chance to drive it out. It is what we are preparing for and I think it is going to be a good series.” Following the series with the Rajun Cajuns, Texas will still have tough non-conference series matchups against LSU and Stanford, with tough midweek games against Arkansas sandwiched in between. Although the non-conference schedule is difficult, Pierce made a point in letting his players know they can not get caught up on reaching goals or the bigger picture, instead they must focus on the task at hand. The head coach spent time in the offseason sitting down with his players to discuss their goals for the season, and what their collective mission was. “I want every guy to out and perform his job, and if we do that as a unit, it gives us the best chance to win,” Pierce said. There are probably 100 teams in the country that are saying our goal today is to start the road to Omaha, that is a given. Everybody in the country that has a level of talent is thinking that. How do we get there? And what are our sacrifices to get there? That has been our mission.” Texas will kick the 2018 season at home on Friday, first pitch will be at 6:30. The series will wrap up Saturday and Sunday, with first pitch at 2:30 and 1:00, respectively. Follow along here at Hornsports.com and on Twitter (@HornSports) for live updates.
  6. ***Game Thread: Baylor vs Texas***

    3 point shooting by Texas is atrocious.
  7. ***Game Thread: Baylor vs Texas***

    Those Baylor unis are mighty Oregon-ish
  8. Poona Mocked to Da Boys

    As a lifelong Dallas Cowboys fan, I approve this mock.
  9. Reggie Hemphill Mapps to Transfer

    Followed him his last two years every Friday night at Manvel HS. Incredibly talented young man and still a young player. Best of luck to him.
  10. *****Texas vs. Kansas State Game Thread w/Preview*****

    18.6 seconds left and Texas is in an uphill battle, down 66-64. K-State ball.
  11. *****Texas vs. Kansas State Game Thread w/Preview*****

    This is an important game for both teams hoping to make an appearance in the Big Dance. Kansas State is a decent ball club and has the ability to play with anyone in the Big 12 on any given night. Texas leads 26-20, 5:43 left in the first half.
  12. Texas Longhorns (15-8, 5-5) vs. Kansas State Wildcats (16-7, 5-5) Date: Wednesday, February 7th Time: 7:00 PM Venue: Frank Erwin Center Location: Austin, TX TV: Longhorn Network Line: Texas -5 Last Meeting: Kansas State defeated Texas 64-61 (02/18/2017 in Austin). All-Time Series Record: Kansas State leads Texas 19-15 In a game they were favored to win, the Texas Longhorns knocked off 12th ranked Oklahoma 79-74 on Saturday to improve to 11-2 at the Frank Erwin Center this season. Shaka Smart and Texas look to defend a solid home court record when they host Bruce Weber’s Wildcats on Wednesday evening. Texas guard Matt Coleman had a career night against the Sooners, scoring 22 points in 39 minutes played for Texas. With Andrew Jones out battling leukemia, Shaka Smart’s expectation for Coleman is to continue solid play at the point against the Wildcats and for the remainder of the season. Junior guard Kerwin Roach is averaging 17.7 points per game in his last six games, including a 19-point performance against the Sooners on Saturday. True freshman forward and future lottery pick Mo Bamba had a relatively quiet game against Oklahoma. Bamba cashed in a 13-point, 9 rebound performance, narrowly missing his 12th double-double of the season. Earlier in the week he was named to the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20, which includes 20 student-athletes who are the front-runners for National Player of the Year honors. Tulane transfer Dylan Osetkowski leads the Longhorns in scoring, averaging 14.2 points per game on 40.9 percent shooting. Osetkowski is also shooting 73.0 percent from the free throw line. Texas has won three of its last four contests, losing in overtime to 10th ranked Texas Tech in Lubbock last week. Kansas State will play in its second straight road contest and will bring a two-game losing streak to Austin. After winning four straight, which included wins against ranked Oklahoma and TCU teams, the Wildcats lost to ranked Kansas and West Virginia teams, at home and on the road respectively. Junior forward Dean Wade leads the Wildcats in scoring, averaging 16.4 points per game. Another pair of Wildcat juniors rank 2nd & 3rd in scoring for Kansas State, with Barry Brown averaging 16.3 points per game and Kamau Stokes averaging 12.7. Stokes made his return to the court in Saturday’s loss to West Virginia after being sidelined for seven games with a foot injury against Texas Tech in early January. Both programs have 5-5 Big 12 records and are tied for 5th in the conference standings. Texas has beaten Kansas State in four of the last six contests. Wildcats coach Bruce Weber is 6-5 all-time against the Longhorns, is 2-3 when playing at the Frank Erwin Center. In the early bracketology projections, Texas is slated to make an NCAA tournament appearance, but things could change if Texas finishes the season on a slide. Every game counts down the stretch and both teams will be fighting for a win on Wednesday.
  13. Talked to my favorite bracketologist last night, Shelby Mast, who does USA TODAY Sports' bracketology. He definitely thinks Texas gets in the dance unless there is a total collapse during the remainder of the season. Mast's work is my favorite when it comes to projections and he's honest and fairly solid when it comes to accuracy. Here are his early projections as of 10:30 this morning:
  14. Story by Daniel Seahorn When it comes to landing elite talent, I’ve learned not rule out or question the methods of Tom Herman’s staff. They’ve shown time and time again in this recruiting cycle that they can stand head-to-head with the best programs in the country for top players, and they proved it once again with four star edge rusher Joseph Ossai. The story with Ossai is pretty simple. He was very straight-forward with his admiration for Texas A&M and the Aggies for some time, and it was clear that every school in pursuit would be chasing A&M for the lead. For Ossai, it has always been about more than football, and recruiters making their pitch needed to make sure they had robust academic presentations queued and ready to go. In Texas’ case, they had the magic bullet from both football and an academic standpoints. On the field Ossai is a perfect fit at B-Backer in Todd Orlando’s defense and he will be able to push for playing time early on. From an academic standpoint, Texas boasts a prestigious engineering program that will allow him to reach his academic goals. These assets helped Herman and his staff pull off the upset over the Aggies and the land the stud pass rusher out of Conroe Oak Ridge and add another baller to an already loaded recruiting class. Player Information Name: Joseph Ossai Position: Edge Rusher High School: Oak Ridge City & State: Conroe, TX Year: 2018 Measurables Height: 6’4 (The Opening- Houston Regional) Weight: 217 (The Opening- Houston Regional) 40-yard time: 5.05 (The Opening- Houston Regional) Shuttle: 4.53 (The Opening- Houston Regional) Vertical: 32.1 (The Opening- Houston Regional) Film Statistics 2016 46 tackles (10 TFLs), 8.5 sacks, 3 FF, 3 FR (1 TD) 2017 58 tackles, (15 TFLs), 8 sacks, 3 FF Pros: Edge rusher starter kit. Long, lean, and athletic with plenty of room to grow on his frame. Has the burst off the snap that will apply pressure on tackles. Shows good lateral quickness when put on the move on stunts off the edge. Consistently is able to cross the face of OL and penetrate into the backfield. Already flashes an effective speed to power move in his pass rushing tool box. Shows the ability to run the arc, flatten, and finish at the QB. Creates a high amount of negative plays for opposing offenses. Gets it done against the run and the pass. Shows the savvy to know when to go for the ball and has a nice “chop” technique. Relentless in pursuit of the ball carrier. Has a clip on his senior film of him hustling 40+ yards down the field to make a tackle. Cons: A little light in the britches at 217 pounds. Will need some time to bulk up a bit. Projects to B-Backer at Texas, but is featured strictly as an end in an odd front. Comfort level dropping into zones is a question mark. Would like to see more of him as an edge setter. Teams ran away from his side often. May see the field early in his career in pass rushing sub packages and that might cut into his time in the incubator. Summary Ossai has the look and makeup of a guy that could eventually develop into a very disruptive presence as an edge rusher at the next level. He’s long and lean with a frame that can easily hold more weight while maintaining the athleticism and quickness that makes him such a highly sought after recruit. As a pass rusher, Ossai consistently shows that he has quickness off the snap that will instantly apply pressure to tackles in pass protection. When you combine that with his long arms, he can be a real handful to slow down. If you don’t get hands on him first and slow down that initial rush, then good luck staying in front of him and keeping him off your quarterback. He shows the ability to run the arc and turn the corner and also flashes a nice speed to power move that will be a nightmare if he continues to work on it. On top of being blessed athletically, Ossai gives great effort and shows good closing speed when he is hunting ball carriers and quarterbacks in pursuit. Against the run, Ossai shows he can be just as disruptive as he is against the pass. He consistently shows good lateral quickness when he is on the move on stunts, and he consistently gains ground with his steps and is able to get across the face and underneath offensive linemen. This kid is no one-trick pony. He has the look of a guy who will earn the right to rush the passer by putting offenses behind the sticks, living in the backfield and creating negative plays. Final Verdict Ossai’s talent and ability is undeniable and this was a hard fought recruitment that the Texas staff had to really grind out to earn a victory. Last year the shoe was on the other foot for Texas with a comparable player in LSU signee K’Lavon Chaisson, in which Texas was in a favorable position for most of the cycle only for Chaisson to take his talents to Baton Rouge. Like Chaisson, Ossai projects to the B-Backer position in Orlando’s defense and he brings a skillset to the table that Texas really needed in this class. This is a major win for Herman and his staff over in-state rival Texas A&M, who was considered the heavy favorite for most of cycle even when Kevin Sumlin was fired and replaced by Jimbo Fisher. Even though Fisher retained Terry Price and hired Mike Elko away from Notre Dame, those familiar faces were not enough to fight off the Longhorns from securing Ossai’s commitment. In my opinion, Ossai is the type of player that could eventually develop into an All-Big 12 caliber player and turn into an impact player under Orlando and Oscar Giles for the next four years in Austin.