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  1. Following a dramatic win over Oklahoma in Norman on Tuesday evening, Texas appeared to be rolling into their regular-season finale with a ton of momentum. The momentum was brought to a screeching halt Saturday afternoon inside the Frank Erwin Center. Oklahoma State used an incredible shooting performance and Texas was not good on both ends of the floor, allowing the Cowboys to blow out the Longhorns, 81-59. Here are some thoughts and takeaways from a head-scratching game. Texas did not come to play and Oklahoma State took advantage by punching the Longhorns in the mouth early. The Cowboys jumped out to a 20-3 lead behind the hot shooting of Lindy Waters and Thomas Dziagwa. Dziagwa finished the afternoon with 19 points and was a perfect 7 for 7 from the field, including going 5 for 5 from deep. The Longhorns turned in one of their poorest defensive efforts of the season. Oklahoma State was red hot from three-point range (8 for 13) but also dominated Texas inside. Cameron McGriff had his way with the Texas big men en route to 19 points. Royce Hamm played sparingly after Oklahoma State attacked him early. Brock Cunningham got called for several silly fouls trying to be too aggressive and was a non-factor the entire afternoon. The lone Texas big man who played well was Kai Jones. Jones had a career-high 20 points and brought some energy off the bench. The freshman had his moments, especially on the defensive end of the floor, but overall turned in a very good performance. As bad as the Longhorns were on the defensive end of the floor, they were just as bad offensively. Oklahoma State made it clear early on they were going to let Texas shoot whatever they wanted to from the outside, and the Longhorns proceeded to turn in one of their worst shooting performances of the season. Texas was 5 of 29 (!) from three-point range and shot 35.2% from the field overall. The Longhorns were dominated every which way on Saturday, which begs the question of what kind of team does Shaka Smart have? Is the one that ripped off 5 straight wins or the one that was blown out on their home floor by a team who won’t even sniff the NCAA Tournament? The answer probably lies somewhere in the middle, but the Longhorns simply have to play better or else the wins they stockpiled over the last 3 weeks could mean nothing. What’s Next? Texas now finds itself squarely back on the bubble as they head to Kansas City for the Big 12 Tournament. A win in their first-round matchup would likely be enough to hear their name called on selection Sunday, but any scenario not involving Texas making the conference championship game will leave the Longhorns sweating a week from Sunday.
  2. Texas is blown out by OSU, 81-59. Longhorns will return to action on Thursday at the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City.
  3. OSU continuing to have their way offensively, lead 63-39 with 11:40 remaining.
  4. Not a pretty scene at the Frank Erwin Center. OSU leads by 22 at the half.
  5. Every time Texas appears to crawling back into the game, OSU answers. Thomas Dziagwa is unconscious for the Cowboys. 36-21 OSU at the U4 timeout.
  6. Not the start Texas was looking for. Cowboys up 15-3 early. Longhorns turning the ball over and giving Oklahoma State easy looks.
  7. Jayhawks escape with a 66-62 victory. Longhorns will be the 3 seed in the Big 12 tournament with a win.
  8. Jayhawks and Red Raiders tied at 57 with 2 minutes remaining.
  9. Tip off is a little over 90 minutes away. The Longhorns are going for their 6th straight win. Texas Tech is currently playing Kansas. A loss by the Red Raiders and a Texas victory would give the Longhorns the #3 seed in the Big 12 tournament.
  10. Even the most optimistic Texas basketball fans were beginning to see the writing on the wall two weeks ago. The Longhorns had just been blown out on the road by Iowa State, falling to 4-8 in conference play. The injuries were piling up and the team appeared to be content with limping to the finish line. Shaka Smart’s seat was scorching hot and it didn’t appear much could be done to save his job. Fast forward two weeks, and what has transpired is almost unbelievable, especially considering how Shaka Smart’s tenure has gone up to this point. The Longhorns have ripped off 4-wins in a row, including back to back wins against ranked opponent, the latest a 68-58 win over Texas Tech on the road. The Longhorns have been without Jericho Sims, Jade Febres and Gerald Liddell for a while now. The absence of Sims and Febres seemed destined to sink an offense that was already struggling with putting the ball in the basket. On Saturday afternoon, instead of folding against a stout Texas Tech defense, the Longhorns received a monster performance from Andrew Jones, who connected on three 3-pointers and scored a game high 22 points. Despite trailing by 7 points at halftime, the Longhorns never panicked. Down the stretch, Matt Coleman nailed a pair of clutch free throws, while Brock Cunningham and Royce Hamm found themselves around every loose ball. Texas out-played and out-coached the Red Raiders in the closing minutes, securing the biggest win of the season and perhaps the biggest win during Shaka Smart’s time on the 40 acres. Smart, who had one of the most animated games of his Texas coaching career, looked up into the crowd and flashed a Hook ‘Em at the Texas fans as he left the floor. He has guided the Longhorns into a position where the NCAA Tournament is now extremely realistic. Sitting at 18-11 overall and 8-8 in Big 12 okay, Texas has two regular season games remaining against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. A pair of wins would put Texas at 20 wins overall heading into the Big 12 tournament, which would likely be enough to secure a berth to the NCAA Tournament, something no one would have expected just 14 days ago.
  11. A week ago, Texas sat at 4-8 in Big 12 conference play and appeared to be limping to the finish line with questions swirling about the future of their head coach. The injuries and poor performances were piling up, and making the NCAA tournament was a pipedream. Fast forward 7 days and the Longhorns have somehow found themselves back on the NCAA tournament bubble, ripping off 3 straight victories including a 67-57 upset win over West Virginia on Monday night. The win improves the Longhorns conference record to 7-8 and 17-11 overall but more importantly keeps their NCAA tournament chances alive. Already playing short-handed, the Longhorns received another blow prior to the tip when it was announced Kamaka Hepa would be held of the contest due to an illness. The absence of Hepa gave Shaka Smart 8 scholarship players to work with, and all 8 were used. Texas relied heavily on Matt Coleman, Courtney Ramey and Andrew Jones for almost all of their offensive production. The trio combined for 56 of the Longhorns 67 points. Jones led all scorers with 22 points, with 14 of those points coming in the first half. Ramey and Jones both played nearly the entire game for Texas with Coleman also playing 31 minutes while battling a heel injury. After a slow start for both teams offensively, the Longhorns began to get rolling behind the shot shooting of Jones, taking a 34-28 lead into halftime. The Mountaineers would climb back within 3-points early in the second half, but it was the closest they would get, as Texas pulled away and prevented any hopes of a comeback down the stretch. It was another good night for Texas on offense, which has become a trend during their 3-game winning streak. The Longhorns shot 52.4% from the field and 40.9% from deep. Texas also significantly better than West Virginia from the free-throw line, with the Longhorns hitting at a 70% clip (14-20) compared to just 47.6% (10-21) for the Mountaineers. With 3 games remaining in Big 12 play, Texas has put themselves in position to potentially make a run at sneaking into the field of 68. The Longhorns will travel to Lubbock on Saturday for a tough matchup against Texas Tech before closing out the season at Oklahoma and at home against Oklahoma State. Should the Longhorns finish 2-1 during the final 3-games, they would end the regular season with a .500 record in Big 12 play. A win during the conference tournament would put Texas at 20 wins overall and would put them squarely in the mix to hear their name called on selection Sunday. Saturday’s game in Lubbock will tip at 11 AM and be broadcasted on ESPN. The Red Raiders defeated the Longhorns earlier this season in Austin, 62-57.
  12. Coming off a win against TCU, Texas traveled to Manhattan to face the last place team in the Big 12, Kansas State. Needing a win to keep what slim hopes they have of a NCAA tournament bid alive, the Longhorns received a huge offensive performance from Courtney Ramey en route to a 70-59 win over the Wildcats. The Wildcats struggled mightily offensive, including a stretch in the first half when they went without a field goal for the final 7:40 of the f half. The Longhorns built a steady 42-23 lead heading into halftime and never looked back. Ramey lead all scorers with 26 points and also grabbed 6 rebounds. Andrew Jones and Matt Coleman both added 12 points each, with Coleman dishing out 3 assists in his first game back following a one game absence due to a heel injury. Will Baker had a relatively quiet game (5 points and 1 rebound) following his career game against TCU. The Wildcats finished the game shooting 34.5% from the field and 21.4% from deep. Xavier Sneed led the team with 15 points and Makol Mawien recorded his second double-double of the season (14 points and 10 rebounds). The win moves the Longhorns to 16-11 overall and 6-8 in Big 12 play. A 3-1 finish to the regular season would likely keep Texas on the NCAA tournament bubble heading into the conference tournament. The Longhorns will return to action on Monday when they welcome West Virginia to Austin. The Longhorns will be looking for payback following an embarrassing 97-59 loss in Morgantown earlier this season.
  13. In a season filled with injuries and disappointing performances, the Longhorns may have experienced a small amount of hope for the future on Wednesday night. It was announced prior to tip that junior guard Matt Coleman would miss his first career game while recovering from a heel injury. Coleman joined Jase Febres, Jericho Sims and Gerald Liddell as Longhorns who are currently not playing. Playing short-handed and licking their wounds from a 4-game losing streak, the Longhorns needed a spark, and they received just that with a career game from freshman Will Baker. Baker poured in a career-high 20 points to help lead Texas to a 70-56 win over TCU. The win moves Texas to 15-11 on the season and 5-8 in Big 12 play. The loss drops TCU to 14-12 on the season and 5-8 in conference play. The Longhorns struggled to find an offensive rhythm early in the game, allowing the Horned Frogs to jump out to a 9-2 lead several minutes into the contest. Baker quickly helped Texas respond, connecting on a pair of three-pointers. The Austin native finished with 4 three-pointers on the evening after entering the contest 1 for 25 for the season. Despite finding success on the offensive end of the floor, the Longhorns still found themselves trailing at halftime thanks to a strong finish to the half by Desmond Bane and TCU. Bane led all Horned Frogs with 13 points and also grabbed 9 rebounds to go along with 3 assists. The second half was all Texas. The Longhorns outscored the Horned Frogs 34-18 in large part to Baker’s success and a steady effort from Andrew Jones, who had 9 second-half points and 21 points overall. As a team, the Longhorns were extremely efficient from beyond the arc (9 for 15), a far cry from the type of shooting they received during the majority of Big 12 play so far. The Horned Frogs had a rough night shooting the basketball, finishing 3 for 18 from beyond the arc, including 0 for 10 in the second half. Texas will return to action on Saturday when they travel to Manhattan to take on Kansas State. The Longhorns won the first meeting between the two teams in Austin earlier this season, 64-50.
  14. Texas will face a tall task tonight as they look to take down the number 1 ranked team in the country, Baylor. The Longhorns will be without Kai Jones and Jase Febres, who were both injured in Saturday's loss against Texas Tech.
  15. Texas nearly pulled off an improbable comeback Saturday afternoon, overcoming a 16-point second-half deficit to give themselves a chance at a victory against a solid LSU squad. Ultimately, the comeback came up just short, as the Longhorns offense faded down the stretch in a 69-67 loss against the Tigers. The loss drops the Longhorns record to 12-7 overall, a far cry from the 9-1 start Texas had to begin the season. The first 30 minutes of the game featured an offensive clinic by LSU, who was seemingly scoring at will behind big performances by Trendon Watford, Skylar Mays and Javonte Smart. Watford scored a game-high 22 points and also added 6 rebounds along with 3 assists. The Tigers entered halftime with a 42-32 lead and stretched the lead out to 52-36 with a little over 15 minutes remaining in the game. The Longhorns responded with a 16-2 run to pull within 2 points following a layup by Andrew Jones, who led Texas with 20 points off the bench. Shortly after, the Longhorns re-took the lead on a jumper by Jericho Sims to, who had a big second half to finish with 14 points and 7 rebounds. LSU responded though, using clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch to pull away and hand the Longhorns their 3rd straight loss. The Longhorns had an improved offensive showing, shooting 48% from the field, but continued to be trigger-happy from beyond the arc (26 three-point attempts) and only had 6 free throw attempts on the afternoon. Texas will return to Big 12 play on Wednesday when they travel to Fort Worth to face TCU.
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