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  1. Texas beats Oklahoma State 62-50, focus turns t...

    A lackluster game by both teams ended up in the favor of the Texas Longhorns as they defeated the Oklahoma State Cowboys 62-50 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

    Player of the Game

    Kerwin Roach Jr.

    Snoop finally makes it into this category as he was the primary reason the Longhorns were able to win this game. 9 of Roach's 15 points came on a 16-2 run to end the game. He was aggressive and fought for his shots. He did make a few mistakes but when the game was on the line, he went out and delivered for the Texas Longhorns.

    Turning point of the game

    With 5:30 left in the game, tied at 48 a piece.

    Chris Olivier went in for a lay up but Prince Ibeh, playing with 4 fouls, emphatically blocked the ball. The ball went straight to Demarcus Holland and on a fast break, Isaiah Taylor gets the easy layup. Oklahoma State only scored two points after that play.

    That block changed the game.

    Epilogue

    Texas needed this win to ensure a favorable seeding in the NCAA Tournament. They are likely going to be a 5-7 seed and a bad loss would more than likely push the 'Horns closer to a 7 seed.

    Now the focus turns to Kansas City. Texas finishes at 11-7 in Big 12 play. Iowa State and Baylor both sit at 10-7 and both face Kansas and West Virginia respectively. If both lose, Texas wraps up the 4 seed and will likely play Baylor. If TCU can shock the world and beat Oklahoma, the Longhorns potentially could be the 3 seed. If both Iowa State and Baylor win their games, Texas will be the 6 seed playing Oklahoma.

    If Texas can pick their poison, who should they want? I would say Baylor. Baylor embarrassed them in the last game in Austin. Texas will be ready this time and win the season series 2-1. Oklahoma is a good matchup for Texas but Oklahoma will be pushing hard to win the Big 12 tournament to have a chance at a 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Texas should want Baylor and then Kansas in the semifinals. Maybe they get lucky, make a run and win the tournament. No Big 12 seeded lower than 4th has ever won the Big 12 tournament so a 4 seed would give the Longhorns a chance.

    The Big 12 Basketball Tournament begins on March 9 in Kansas City, Missouri.

    • Mar 05 2016 10:11 AM
    • by Chris Flanagan
  2. Kansas hammers Texas 86-56

    The game was never close

    Kansas jumped out to a 15-0 lead very early. Simply put, shots were falling for Kansas even when the Longhorns were able to guard the paint or 3 point line. And the Longhorns could not make any shots. Kansas wins 86-56.

    Anything to learn about this game?

    Not really. A bad game on senior night for a group of seniors that missed the NCAA Tournament their freshman season at Texas is a tough pill to swallow. Is it all doom and gloom? No. Why? Because this exact thing happened 9 days ago and they were still able to muster up the confidence to beat 3rd-ranked Oklahoma on Saturday. Kansas is the #1 team in the country for a reason. They are one of the best teams in college basketball this season and they are on a hot streak. 10 straight wins with 6 of those wins by double digits. There's no shame in losing to this Kansas team.

    The Jayhawks went undefeated in February - a feat they haven't accomplished since 2002 when they went to the Final Four and lost to eventual national champs Maryland. In 2012, the Jayhawks lost only 1 game in February and were the national runners-up. In 2008, they lost 2 games in February and went on to win the national championship. Translation: Kansas should be in your Final Four bracket. History says they will make you rich.

    So it's March, is Madness upon us?

    Yes. I know it sounds crazy but Texas can certainly make it into the Sweet 16. Beyond the top 3, it is a scatter-shoot of teams, all of which have bad losses. Villanova lost by 23 points to Oklahoma. Oklahoma lost by 11 to a terrible Kansas State team. As bad as Texas looked against Kansas, it's only one game. If there is one coach with the ability to take a team into the tournament with no expectations and go far, it's Shaka Smart.

    The first order of business for the Longhorns is Oklahoma State on Friday night (yes, it is on Friday night). Texas needs to take care of business and record it's 20th win of the season. It's an important number in the grand scheme of tournament selection seeding.

    Then it's the Big 12 tournament. Texas is currently 6th in the conference. Either Baylor or Oklahoma will be tied with Texas and Iowa State after tomorrow. West Virginia still has to play Texas Tech and at Baylor. The number 1, 8, 9, and 10 seeds are set. 2-7 is up for grabs. Texas has proven it can beat Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Baylor.

    Forget the holidays, this is the most wonderful time of the year. It's March Madness.

    • Mar 02 2016 09:16 AM
    • by Chris Flanagan
  3. #25 Longhorns defeat #3 Sooners 76-63

    The 3rd best team in the nation came into Austin to try and sweep the Longhorns to stay in contention for a Big 12 title. The Oklahoma Sooners came to play for 33 minutes but a scoring drought in the final 7 minutes provided the Longhorns an opportunity to notch a huge 76-63 win on Saturday afternoon at the Frank Erwin Center.

     

    Player(s) of the game

     

    Texas Longhorns players

     

    This was the epitome of a team win. Early on it didn't look promising for the Longhorns. However, Texas kept it close and never gave up. The end result saw five Longhorns in double figures and Isaiah Taylor leading the way with 18 points. Oklahoma didn't get much production from anyone but Buddy Hield. Shaka Smart's methodology of patience combined with smart shooting paid off.  The shots began to fall and this win was chalked up to a solid team victory.

     

    Turning point of the Game

     

    A run of 22-0

     

    Before the run, the Texas Longhorns were 6-20 from the floor. They weren't hitting much of anything from the floor. Buddy Hield hits a great 2 point shot to put the Sooners up 58-51 with 7:32 to go. Isaiah Taylor then hits a 2 point layup and draws the foul to make it 58-53 going into the Under 8 TV timeout. Whatever Shaka Smart said in that timeout worked wonders because after that, the Longhorns scored 20 straight points and never looked back. The exclamation point by Kerwin "Snoop" Roach ended any hope the Sooners had in fighting back for a win.

     

    Epilogue

     

    The Longhorns needed to win their home games down the stretch and coming into the game, the Longhorns haven't look good as of late. Getting blown out by Baylor and squeaking out a 1 point win in Manhattan, Kansas gave the impression that the Longhorns were in a slump. The final 7 minutes of this game against Oklahoma gave the Longhorns the much needed confidence they needed.  

     

    This Texas team can play with the best and be a force in March.

     

    With 2 games left, it's all about seeding in the Big 12 tournament. If the favorites left to play in the Big 12 today win, there will be a 3 way tie (Texas, Oklahoma, and Baylor) for 3rd place in the conference. Kansas comes to the Drum on Monday. Oklahoma and Baylor will play each other on Tuesday. There is still a chance the Longhorns finish 2nd in the conference, but that will require the Longhorns to win out. That goal starts Monday with the Jayhawks. Kansas has wrapped up a share of the Big 12 with a chance to win the Big 12 outright on Monday. They will be motivated to play but the Longhorns will be looking for revenge. 

     

    Big Monday just got a lot bigger.

     

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    • Feb 27 2016 10:00 PM
    • by Chris Flanagan
  4. Hoops Preview: Texas vs. Iowa State

    #24/25 Texas (16-8, 7-4) vs. #14/15 Iowa State (17-7, 6-5 Big 12).

    When: Saturday, February 13, 2016
    Time: 7:30 PM CST
    Venue: Hilton Coliseum (14,356)
    Location: Ames, Iowa
    Television: ESPN

    All-time Series Record: Texas leads Iowa State 18-14.
    Last meeting: Texas 94-91 OT (Jan. 12, 2016 - Austin, TX).

    The Longhorns and Cyclones will meet on Saturday night in Ames, Iowa and the stakes are high for both programs. The Longhorns have surged as of late, despite losing in the final seconds against the #3 Sooners in Norman on Monday night. Shaka Smart's players have found an equilibrium on the court that takes advantage of solid defense and an array of players that consistently show an improved game. Since Cam Ridley's foot injury which sidelined him indefinitely late last year, Texas big man Prince Ebeh has emerged as a force to be reckoned with. Ebeh is averaging 9.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

    Iowa State lost in OT on Wednesday in Lubbock 85-82 and looks to right the ship against Texas at home, where they hold a 9-4 advantage. Senior Cyclone star Jameel McKay (6'9, 225 lbs.) was suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm last week but is expected to play off the bench tonight against the Longhorns. McKay's return to the team will help the Cyclones in the rebounding department.

    Texas has road wins over ranked West Virginia (#6) and Baylor (#15). Iowa State has home wins over ranked Cincinnati (#23) and Oklahoma (#1) teams. The Longhorns are 4-3 against AP Top-25 teams this season and look to improve their tournament resume with another road win in Ames.

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    • Feb 13 2016 11:10 AM
    • by Aaron Carrara
  5. Texas hooks TCU 71-54

    After losing a close game in Fort Worth earlier in January, the Longhorns were focused on ensuring the Horned Frogs didn't leave Austin with another conference win on Tuesday evening at the Frank Erwin Center..

    TCU scored the first points of the game but that proved to be the only time the Horned Frogs ever led the Longhorns in the game. Texas grabbed their 5th win in Big 12 play with a 71-54 victory at home on Tuesday night. After starting 1-2 in Big 12 play, with losses to Texas Tech and TCU, the Longhorns are 4-1 against conference opponents with wins over ranked Iowa State and West Virginia teams.

    *Star of the Game: Prince Ibeh*

    In Cam Ridley's absence due to injury, Prince Ibeh has progressively become a key contributor to the team's success. Ibeh's 17 points and 10 rebounds against TCU were essential in the win over the Horned Frogs - especially since Texas didn't get the expected production out of the team's leading scorer Isaiah Taylor.

    *Key moment in the game*

    After the half, TCU cut the lead to 6 points and the Longhorns were struggling to hit a shot. Javan Felix hit a 3 pointer just before the first TV timeout. After that, Texas started to extend the lead and was able to keep the Horned Frogs far enough away that they were never a threat.

    *Epilogue*

    In the Big 12 there are the "haves" and the "have nots". Texas is one of 6 teams who are in the "haves" department, boasting a 5-3 record. There is a log-jam at the top but the 7th place team is 2-5 (likely 2-6 after Oklahoma State plays Baylor tomorrow). There is going to be separation between 1-6 after this weekend that will dictate seeding and potentially a Big 12 championship for the Texas Longhorns.

    Texas will play Vanderbilt in the Big 12/SEC showdown on Saturday.

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    • Jan 26 2016 10:39 PM
    • by Chris Flanagan
  6. Horned Frogs squeak by Longhorns 58-57

    Chris Flanagan's notes and thoughts on the Longhorns' 58-57 loss to TCU in Fort Worth (1/9/16)

    1st Half

    • Well, it's one of the weirdest things I have seen in quite a while... A technical foul on the Longhorns for having Demarcus Holland in the starting lineup? So, even before the opening tip, Texas was down 1-0.
    • Texas is able to get into the paint early. That's great for success in this game.
    • TCU is starting to take over. The Horned Frogs go on a 7-0 run to take a 5 point lead.
    • The TCU run is now extended to 12-0, giving the Horned Frogs a 10 point lead over the Longhorns.
    • With 7:23 to go, both Cleare and Ibeh are in foul trouble. That's not a good sign. With Ridley's absence it cannot be underscored enough how important it is for the Texas bigs to play smart and stay out of foul trouble.
    • Two foul shots end the run for TCU.
    • Javan Felix is doing work. His floater is falling and he should keep shooting that shot.
    • The press is creating turnovers but not really points.
    • Isaiah Taylor is a 1,000 point scorer with the Texas Longhorns with a free throw to cut the lead to 2. He is a gamer and you have to appreciate his work. I remember his first game and thought he would be a great 4 year player. He has made mistakes but he has been the clutch player that will be one of the greatest point guards in Longhorns history. He will be missed but hopefully he doesn't leave just yet.
    • Shaq Cleare is nailing free throws. 4-4 from the line and 6 points overall. That's exactly what you want from Cleare.
    Halftime: TCU leads 34-32

    The Longhorns were down 10 at one point but cut the lead to 2. This team plays with urgency and doesn't give up.

    2nd Half
    • As I predicted, Texas goes on an 8-2 run to start the second half.
    • The freshmen (Roach, Mack, and Davis) are struggling tonight. 2-8 from the field. Luckily Felix and Taylor have stepped up tonight but it would be nice to see them hit a few shots to make the lead more comfortable.
    • Under 16 timeout. Longhorns by 4. A 10-4 run to start the half is great but the Longhorns need to find a way to get this lead extended.
    • In 3 straight possessions, both teams hit 3 pointers. Longhorns still up by 4.
    • TCU cuts the lead to two. If you are a Texas fan, youre nerves are probably fried.
    • Now TCU has taken the lead by 2. TCU is playing lackluster basketball in the 2nd half and Texas is playing with them.
    • TCU shouldn't win this game. Actually, no one should win this game.
    • Bad foul on the defensive rebound with less than a minute to go. But Parrish missed both.
    • Ibeh fouled out. Played a good game. Brandon Parrish missed both again.
    • 10 seconds to go, Taylor gets a look, misses. Lammert shoots but nothing.
    • Ball game. TCU wins.
    TCU wins 58-57

    Epilogue

    UGLY. Road games in the Big 12 are not easy but this was the most winnable game on the Big 12 road schedule and Texas lost. They were already fighting an uphill bttle to make the NCAA tournament, now they need some big wins to get to that point.

    Nothing from the freshmen 3 which spelled trouble. The 2 bigs contributed a lot considering their typical production but Connor Lammert added just 1 point in 35 minutes of play. That is unacceptable. I was shocked at how little playing time Shaka Smart gave to Tevin Mack. Only 5 minutes and he only only attempted one shot. That didn't make any sense.

    The Longhorns travel back home to play Iowa State and Oklahoma State. If they take care of home court, they will be 3-2. The Longhorns have beaten great teams at home this year so there is hope for success against the Cyclones and Cowboys, but a road victory on the schedule will be tough to come by.

    • Jan 09 2016 09:29 PM
    • by Chris Flanagan