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  1. BY AUSTIN STEVENS Just when we thought Texas was going to get hot again as they did in their first five games, Iowa State and the crowd in Ames had other plans. The game began with Iowa State jumping out to a lead, although ESPN2 somehow found the end of the Sooners game to be worthwhile in taking away the first 4 minutes of the game. From that point on, Texas was playing catch up. Texas tended to use almost all of the shot clock early in the game, which was contributed to their early deficit. The Longhorns went down by as many as 13 points (22-9) with 8:50 left in the first half. Partly to blame was the reliance on the three point shot. In the first half, Osetkowski alone attempted two mediocre looks from behind the arc, contributing to his 1 three-pointer made to 21 three-pointers attempted. For a big like Osetkowski, getting penetration in the paint should be the primary goal. As the game continued, Texas tried to utilize a 2-3 zone more efficiently, and it puzzled Iowa State for a while. On offense, Texas had a more fast-paced approach, enabling a better field goal percentage in the process. Kerwin Roach helped to gain momentum for the Longhorns through good shot selection and great vision, with a crucial assist for an and-one to get the game within one at 28-27. Although the half ended 31-27 in favor of the Cyclones, Texas had the momentum, but it was primarily fueled by the lack of success for the key players of Iowa State. Marial Shayok had 4 points in the first half, which is not typical for the senior from Ottowa. Michael Jacobson played a huge roll in the first half for Iowa State with 9 points. For Texas, the first half was equally led by Dylan Osetkowski with 7, Kerwin Roach with 7, and Matt Coleman III with 6. In the second half, the Texas defense kept the 2-3 zone intact. This had some success, but the efforts on defense were at times lackluster at the beginning of the second half. Texas allowed multiple offensive rebounds in single possessions for Iowa State, which killed the time of possession at certain points in the game. There were also sloppy fouls committed by the Longhorns, as Iowa State changed their game plan in favor of picking up the tempo. This speed in tempo allowed for Horton-Tucker of Iowa State to get hot, as he ended with 15 points, a team-high for the Cyclones. Texas did have a hot streak of their own, as they figured out the defensive miscues, and they got their first lead of the game, capitalized by a three-pointer from Coleman to make it 46-45, Texas. They extended their lead to 3, which only lasted for 1:50. Iowa State responded to this shift by going on a 9-point run. Texas brought it back within 1 at 59-58 to cap a 7-0 run with 1:39 left, but they could not hold Iowa State back. Following a bank shot by Weiler-Babb, Marial Shayok made a clutch deep-jumper to make it 63-58 with 25 seconds left. The final score ended at 65-60. This was a decent showing for Texas, but they wasted a lot of opportunities. Shayok missed multiple scoring/creation chances, from going 3 for 14 in the field to only having one assist. Lindell Wigginton struggled as well, committing 4 turnovers and scoring just 5 points. The Longhorns did not help themselves with 13 turnovers, and only converted 26.1% of their three-pointers to 38.1% for Iowa State. Among other things, Texas needs to improve on maintaining a fast tempo, minimizing pointless turnovers and not relying on the three-point shot. Texas hosts Baylor (tied atop the Big 12) on Wednesday at the Frank Erwin Center at 7:00 PM.
  2. BY AUSTIN STEVENS After a big win against No. 11 Kansas, the 12-9 Longhorns are looking to capitalize on another ranked opponent in Iowa State this Saturday. After a 6-game skid of going 1-5, the Longhorns' huge win against Kansas will help their résumé for the NCAA tournament. With a road record of 1-4, Texas has the perfect opportunity to make a statement to the entire conference. For the Texas offense, the key will be getting more inside penetration from Dylan Osetkowski and Jaxson Hayes, as well as better looks for Kerwin Roach. For the defense, they will have to figure out how to stop the Cyclones' hot hand of Lindell Wigginton as well as G Marial Shayok. A likely matchup to watch will be between Dylan Osetkowski and Michael Jacobson. Rebounding leaders for their respective teams, Osetkowski averages 1.8 more rebounds per game than Jacobson. With that being said, the Iowa State only has 5 more total rebounds on the season than Texas, so the rebound game will be a great matchup to watch. Another matchup to watch will be between the two highest scorers on both respective teams, Kerwin Roach and Marial Shayok. Shayok averages over 5 points more per game, so this could be a difficult defensive matchup for Roach. The matchup between ISU's sharp shooter Lindell Wigginton and UT's Matt Coleman III could cause a lot of issues for Texas, as Wigginton has been a hot hand as of late. Last game against West Virginia, he put up 28 points in only 25 minutes of play. Keeping Wigginton in check should be an essential point in Smart's game plan. The style of each team looks different, as Texas tends to use their forwards in their offense more, and ISU uses their guards heavily. This may cause for Jase Febres, Courtney Ramey, and Elijah Mitrou-Long to play bigger roles in this matchup, especially when it comes to containing ISU's offensive schemes. Three Things to Watch 1. How Texas handles Iowa State's well-balanced team Iowa State was named one of the five most well-balanced teams in college basketball in an article released by NCAA.com today. With the 14th-best offense and 22nd-best defense, Texas will not be able to make mistakes and recover. 2. Turnovers The bane to every team's success. The team with more turnovers almost always loses in most sports. Iowa State averages 11 per game, while Texas averages 11.6. Keep a watch on ISU's Tyrese Haliburton and Texas' Dylan Osetkowski, team leaders in steals. 3. Lindell Wigginton He seems to be the X-Factor for ISU. A product of Oak Hill Academy and Canada's top-ranked player from the class of 2017, the sophomore is a threat to any team. In the last meeting between these two teams, Wigginton put up 20 points and 8 assists, and Iowa State only lost by 4.
  3. Texas tried to make this one interesting in the end, but no dice. The Horns had a chance with 12 seconds left, and true to form had an ugly possession end in an off balance three from Mitrou-Long hit the top of the backboard. Texas didn’t have great effort/energy in this game. It was apparent in the first half when Courtney Ramey failed to box out and gave up a put back slam on a missed three-pointer by TCU. Roach and Hayes gave solid efforts, but it wasn’t enough in the end. Texas was playing from behind all game, and a lack of defensive rebounds and offensive production led to their demise. Can’t fail to score a point for 6:00 at a time and expect to win. The Longhorns fall to 11-8 overall and 3-4 in Big XII play. Shaka Smart’s seat is getting warmer. Final Stats: Roach II: 15 pts, 3 ast, 3-8 3pt Hayes: 10 pts, 6 reb, 5 blk Ramey: 10 pts, 5 ast, 2-5 3pt
  4. After a very strong start in the first half, Texas gave way a bit in the second but held on to defeat a very sound Sooner squad. As usual, the second half woes on offense were created by Texas’ lack of production from beyond the arc. The Longhorns shot a measly 22% from 3 in the game, but made them count late when Jase Febres hit from downtown to give Texas a 73-69 lead. The Longhorns let Oklahoma stay in the game after Matt Coleman and Jaxson Hayes missed some important free throws, but ultimately were able to hold on for a three-point victory. Speaking of free throws, Texas has improved in that area drastically over the past few weeks. Tonight, the Horns made 80% of their free throws. Shaka Smart’s squad continues to improve defensively, but offensive droughts continue to hinder Texas from putting away games. Ultimately, Texas came out on top with a big win that will help when it come decision time for the NCAA Tournament. Final Stats: Roach II: 23 pts, 8 reb, 3-6 3pt Hayes: 15 pts, 6 reb, 5 blk Osetkowski: 15 pts, 11 reb, 2 stl
  5. BY JAMESON MCCAUSLAND Texas basketball opened Big 12 conference play with a key win on Wednesday night, cruising past Kansas State 67-47 in Manhattan. The Longhorns turned in several rocky performances en route to a 8-4 non conference record to open the season, but managed to put together one of their best performances of the season against the Wildcats. Texas was led by sophomore Jase Febres, who went 7 of 9 from deep and poured in a team high 23 points off the bench. Kerwin Roach was the only other Longhorn player to reach double figures with 10 points to go along with 4 assists. Matt Coleman added 7 assists and 6 points. Kansas State, who is considered one of the best defensive teams in the Big 12, allowed the Longhorns to shoot 47.9% from the field and 51.9% from three. Texas controlled the game for much of the first half, but the Wildcats used a late surge to cut the lead to 25-22 heading into halftime. The second half was dominated by Texas, and specifically by Febres. The Houston native connected on 5 3-pointers in the final 10:45 and displayed the shooting ability that helped make him a top recruit coming out of high school. In addition to Febres offensive outburst, the Longhorns also stifled the Wildcats offense that was missing star guard Dean Wade. Kansas State managed to shoot only 32.7% from the field and 50% from the free throw line. Makol Mawien led the Wildcats with 13 points. Texas will return to action on Saturday when they host West Virginia in Austin. Tip off will be at 8:00 PM CST and the game will be shown on ESPN2.
  6. The Horns played an overall atrocious game tonight. It’s rather mind blowing that Shaka Smart keeps sticking to a game plan that shoots 33% from the floor and 50% on free throws. Here are the final stats: Kerwin Roach II: 2/12, 7 1/7 3-pt FGs D. Osetkowski: 4/15, 9 pts, 17 reb J. Sims: 6/9, 16 pts, 8 reb
  7. Texas (7-3) will return to the court tonight when they host Tennessee State at the Frank Erwin Center. The Longhorns are coming off a 75-60 win over Louisiana Tech just 2 days ago. Shaka Smart will again be without the services of his leading scorer, Andrew Jones, who is still nursing a right wrist injury. Fellow guard Eric Davis Jr. is also dealing with a right wrist injury of his own, and is considered questionable for tonight’s contest after missing Saturday’s game. Tennessee State comes to Austin with a 5-4 record on the season. The Tigers were dismantled by Kansas in their opening game of the season, 92-56, and later dropped an overtime game to Lipscomb, whom the Longhorns beat 80-57 earlier this season. Guard Delano Spencer will serve as the Tiger’s main scoring option. Spencer is averaging 15.7 points per game while shooting 42.4% from three and 88.2% from the free throw line. The Tigers will deploy some height and length down low in the form of 6’9″ forwards Christian Mekowulu and Ken’Darrius Hamilton. Mekowulu is averaging nearly a double-double per game this season (11.4 points and 9.6 rebounds). Tennessee State has struggled putting up points at times, including a 54-point output in their last game – a 64-54 loss to North Carolina A&T. Following the win over Louisiana Tech, Shaka Smart emphasized how much the team is working on getting the ball to the big men and how he wants to continue to see his players prioritize getting the ball inside the paint to Mo Bamba, Dylan Osetkowski and Jericho Simms. Despite being in foul trouble for most of the game against Louisiana Tech, Bamba collected 14 points and 9 rebounds. If Texas is without the services of Eric Davis, expect Jacob Young to see extended minutes. Young played a season high 27 minutes on Saturday, contributing 10 points and 3 assistants. The game will tip off at 8 PM CST and will be broadcast on ESPN2.
  8. Texas (4-2) vs. Florida A&M (1-7) Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Time: 7:00 PM tip Venue: Frank Erwin Center Location: Austin, TX Television: Longhorn Network The Texas Longhorns (4-2) will face the Florida A&M Rattlers (1-7) in the first-ever meeting between the two teams on Wednesday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. The Longhorns are looking to find the win column again after going 1-2 at the PK80-Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Oregon. Texas defeated Butler in the opening round but fell to top-ranked Duke and a Top-15 ranked Gonzaga team, both in overtime on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Florida A&M’s lone win on the season came against Division II school Albany State on November 20th. Senior guard Marcus Barham leads the Rattlers in scoring, averaging 16 points per game, while senior forward Desmond Williams averages 13 points per game and 5 rebounds. The Rattlers lost on Sunday to Stephen F. Austin State University 79-63, with Barham scoring 26 points, which included five-3 pointers and six rebounds. Williams contributed 14 points in the loss to the Lumberjacks. Freshman Mo Bamba is off to a fast start in his early career at Texas, averaging 10.4 points and 10 rebounds per game. Tulane transfer Dylan Osetkowski has made an immediate impact in the scoring and rebound department for Shaka Smart, averaging 12.7 points and 8 rebounds per game. Sophmore Andrew Jones leads Texas in scoring with 14.8 points per game. Texas will celebrate 40 years of the Frank Erwin Center at Wednesday’s game. The Longhorns opened the building on November 29, 1977 with an 83-76 win against Oklahoma.
  9. Didn’t see one posted yet, and Horns are up 27-20, 7:08 left in 1st Half. Grayson Allen has 3 fouls early. Horns looking pretty good against the #1 Blue Devils.
  10. https://www.wsj.com/articles/arrests-expected-in-probe-of-alleged-bribery-kickbacks-at-college-basketball-programs-1506431065 Bribery, Kickbacks Alleged at Top NCAA College Basketball Programs Federal charges center on alleged scheme in which agents, financial advisers and apparel executives bribed college coaches to direct players to them Chuck Person is a basketball coach with Auburn University. PHOTO: ICON SPORTSWIRE/ASSOCIATED PRESS By Rebecca Davis O’Brien Updated Sept. 26, 2017 10:45 a.m. ET Federal authorities brought fraud charges against coaches at some of the nation’s premier college-basketball programs, including the University of Arizona and the University of Southern California, following a probe of alleged corruption in college sports. Prosecutors from the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office unsealed three separate criminal complaints Tuesday, alleging schemes in which agents, financial advisers and apparel executives bribed college coaches to direct players to them. Among those charged were an executive from Adidas, a financial adviser and a sports agent. Chuck Person, a former star with the National Basketball Association who works as an associate coach for the men’s basketball team at Auburn, his alma mater, was charged with accepting tens of thousands of dollars in exchange for steering student-athletes to a financial adviser. In one alleged scheme, Emanuel Richardson, an assistant coach at the University of Arizona, Anthony Bland, a coach at the University of Southern California, and Lamont Evans, an associate coach at Oklahoma State University, were charged with accepting cash bribes from a sports agent and a financial adviser. Mr. Evans, until March, coached at the University of South Carolina, and the charges stem from his work there. None of schools allegedly involved immediately returned requests for comment. In another alleged scheme, James “Jim” Gatto—identified in the complaint as a basketball marketing executive at a global athletic company—worked with another sports-marketing executive to funnel hundreds of thousands of dollars from Mr. Gatto’s employer to high-school basketball players and/or their families in exchange for the players’ commitment to play for NCAA schools sponsored by the company. Jim Gatto is the director of basketball global sports marketing at Adidas, according to his LinkedIn profile. “Today, we became aware that federal investigators arrested an Adidas employee,” said an Adidas spokesman. ”We are learning more about the situation. We’re unaware of any misconduct and will fully cooperate with authorities to understand more.” Mr. Gatto is accused of getting $100,000 to a player so that he would attend a university that has an apparel contract with Adidas.
  11. Four star forward out of Cibolo Steele has committed to Texas. 2nd ranked player in the state and 40th in the nation. Another great pickup for Shaka Smart. https://twitter.com/gerald_liddell/status/895768215330148353 http://247sports.com/Player/Gerald-Liddell-85995
  12. Shaka Smart gets some good news this afternoon, as Texas lands four star Austin Westlake small forward Brock Cunningham. https://twitter.com/brockolli13/status/893531785430171649 https://twitter.com/jeffborzello/status/893529842158882816 http://247sports.com/Player/Brock-Cunningham-46038068
  13. The NCAA has officially ruled that there wasn't any wrongdoing in regards to Mo Bamba's recruitment despite what his "brother" claimed in his little rant on Facebook.
  14. A little later than expected, but former Longhorn big man Jarrett Allen comes off the board to the Brooklyn Nets at number 22.
  15. Per Jones himself he is withdrawing from the NBA Draft and returning to Texas. Big news for Shaka and the Longhorns.
  16. Out of Mount St. Mary's per Scout. http://www.mountathletics.com/sports/mbkb/2016-17/bios/long_elijah_y7yx
  17. Former 5-Star DeSoto center and Duke signee Marques Bolden is reportedly transferring out and eyeing to play closer to home. SMU, TCU, and Texas are reportedly being considered. https://twitter.com/adamrowetdd/status/848718542757351424
  18. Per Jeff Goodman of ESPN, Texas freshman guard Andrew Jones has declared for the NBA draft, but won't sign with an agent.
  19. Who's everybody got? I got KU vs Nova in the ship with Nova winning it all.
  20. Mike Morrell is named to take David Cason job
  21. Reports trickled out earlier today that Texas basketball assistant David Cason would no longer be on Shaka Smart's staff. Texas head basketball coach Shaka Smart has now released a statement on Cason's departure.
  22. With one game remaining, Texas is tied for DEAD LAST in the Big 12 with OU. Of course, we have one more loss on our record than they have overall. We get Baylor in two days. I'm not confident we'll upset the Bears. Meanwhile, OU will have a legitimate shot at beating TCU on the same day, thus, giving us sole possession of last place. I hope we don't have to see this again.
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