On Friday, the Longhorns travelled to Arlington to begin this weekend's Red River series against Oklahoma at Globe Life Field. Behind a dominant performance from redshirt sophomore pitcher Pete Hansen, the Longhorns cruised to a 7-1 victory over the Sooners.
Following Tuesday's 12-9 home loss to Texas A&M, in front of a sold-out crowd, the Longhorns needed a series opening win against another rival to help regain some of the team's lost confidence. Despite a rocky first inning for Hansen, where he allowed three runners to get on base - allowing one to score, Hansen quickly found his composure after picking off a Sooner at second base with runners on and one out. In eight innings pitched, Hansen tallied a season-high 12 strikeouts, sailing his way to his season's fifth win on the mound.
In addition to a dominant performance on the mound, the Longhorns, led by redshirt senior Skyler Messinger's game-high four hits, did enough to keep runners moving on the base paths throughout the night. Furthermore, Messinger's four-hit night certainly did its job in extending the third baseman's hitting streak to 11 games. However, the game's tipping point was found back in the top of the third inning when redshirt sophomore Douglas Hodo slapped a two RBI single, giving the Longhorns a 2-1 lead which they would not relinquish. In fact, even sophomore right fielder Dylan Campbell was able to add to the scoring action with a solo home run in the ninth inning, his first of the season.
The Longhorns will look to continue their winning ways against Oklahoma on Saturday at Globe Life Field. The first pitch is scheduled for 12 P.M. (CT) and the game will be aired on ESPN 2.
With Texas's loss to Purdue in the round of 32, Chris Beard's first year as the head coach of the Texas Longhorns has come to a close. The 2021-22 basketball season was full of ups and downs for the Longhorns, however it proved to be much more competitive than was initially expected when the team parted ways with Shaka Smart in 2021. Today, we take a glance at Texas's 2021-2022 season and evaluate whether expectations were met.
Expectations - Early 2021:
To say that the expectations for the Longhorns had been set in stone for the entirety of the basketball season, and the months leading up to it, would be a lie. When Shaka Smart accepted the head coaching position at Marquette, the Longhorns were a roster full of maybes. Ultimately, players such as Jericho Sims, Matt Coleman, Kai Jones and Greg Brown elected to move on from their stint with the Longhorns. Consequently, the team looked destined to be a bottom-feeder in the Big 12 Conference with only a couple of players left on the roster altogether.
At this point in time, forget the NCAA tournament, just a middle-of-the-pack finish in the Big 12 Conference would have been an impressive accomplishment in Chris Beard's first season. However, of course, the team's personnel changed drastically over time as the Longhorns became a popular destination for several marquee transfers.
Expectations - Start of the 2021-22 Season:
Leading up to the 2021-22 basketball season, the Longhorns were the preseason AP Poll's fifth-ranked team in the nation. After the additions of Marcus Carr, Tre Mitchell, Christian Bishop, Timmy Allen and more, the Longhorns morphed into a team which was expected to contend for a national championship.
Ultimately, the Longhorns won their first NCAA tournament game since 2014 with a win over 11-seed Virginia Tech. However, the team was then ousted in the next round in a hard fought game against 3-seed Purdue. The loss to Purdue stung even more after 15-seed St. Peter's beat the Boilermakers in the Sweet Sixteen, showing that a trip to the Elite Eight was entirely possible.
With all of that said, was Chris Beard's first season as the head coach of the Longhorns a success? While the team was able to accomplish many things that had not been done in quite some time, such as a tournament win and creating an exciting atmosphere at the Frank Erwin Center, the season should not be placed on a pedestal. While the team certainly surpassed initial expectations, before a roster was even in place, their postseason run was cut far too short. Despite their shortcomings, Texas basketball is in a great position to begin a new era at the Moody Center.
The 8-year drought is over. Texas got the monkey off their back and got their first NCAA tournament win since 2014. Here are some quick thoughts and takeaways from the 81-73 win over Virginia Tech.
Oftentimes the NCAA tournament comes down to getting good guard play, and Marcus Carr picked a really good time to have perhaps his best game of the season. The transfer from Minnesota has had an up and down year, but delivered in a big way today as he poured in 15 points and dished out 9 assists. He also only had 1 turnover. The game seemed to turn when Carr connected on a shot beyond half court to end the first half and give Texas a 34-32 lead.
Andrew Jones had a team high 21 points and was red hot from behind the arc in the first half. Jones finished the game 5 of 7 from deep and provided the Longhorns some much needed offense as Texas struggled shooting the ball for much of the first 20 minutes of the game.
Chris Beard's hallmark is defense, and Texas limited a Virginia Tech team who relies on the 3 to only 33% shooting from beyond the arc. The Longhorns did an excellent job all afternoon of contesting shots and forcing the Hokies into uncomfortable possessions.
Dylan Disu only finished the game with 4 points and 2 rebounds, but he appears to be moving around a lot better and has looked more active the last few weeks. He provided some valuable minutes when Christian Bishop was forced to the bench with foul trouble. Texas will certainly need him again on Sunday against a Purdue team who has some size.
Big picture wise, it was a big win for Chris Beard in his first season at Texas. The preseason expectations were high, but the Longhorns looked somewhat shaky over the last few weeks and a tournament win was not a given. Chris Del Conte hired Beard because of his success in March, and in his first season he was able to do something his predecessor could not.
Texas will face a really good Purdue team on Sunday. The Boilermakers are the 3-seed and cruised to a win over Yale earlier today. Purdue shoots the 3 extremely well and has the size inside to potentially give the Longhorns a lot of problems. Texas will need a similar shooting performance from deep as today if they hope to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2008.
The Texas starting rotation suffered a major blow Thursday morning when it was announced sophomore pitcher Tanner Witt would undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the remainder of the 2022 season. Witt was scratched from his scheduled start last Sunday due to the arm discomfort and underwent additional testing, which revealed the UCL injury.
Witt is projected to be one of the top 2023 prospects in the MLB draft. David Pierce will likely have to turn to sophomore lefty Lucas Gordon in Witt's usual Sunday starting spot. Gordon has thrown 12 innings this year and has a .75 ERA to go along with 6 strikeouts.
The Longhorns are scheduled to open up a 3-game series at South Carolina tomorrow evening.
Texas baseball entered the season as the #1 team in the country and has lived up to expectations so far through 8 games. The Longhorns have a 8-0 record heading into Tuesday's matchup against Sam Houston State. Let's take a look at some the numbers behind the hot start for David Pierce's club:
4- The number of earned runs the Texas pitching staff has allowed so far in 72 innings of work. The starting rotation of Pete Hansen, Tristan Stevens and Tanner Witt has been outstanding so far. Relievers Aaron Nixon, Travis Sthele, Daniel Blair and Luke Harrison have combined to allow 0 runs in 17.2 innings.
0.00- The ERA of Lucas Gordon and Andre Duplantier. The duo have served as the Longhorns 4th and 5th starters to begin the season, with Gordon also making a pair of appearances out of the bullpen. Duplantier looked very strong in his first appearance in nearly 2 years last Tuesday after missing 2021 due to Tommy John surgery. Gordon is holding opposing hitters to a .071 average through 8 innings of work.
.385- Silas Ardoin's average. The redshirt sophomore has been a mainstay behind the plate the last two seasons and has provided excellent defense, but his offensive numbers have been strong coming out of the gate in 2022. He has more walks (4) than strikeouts (2) and is tied for 2nd on the team with 9 RBI's.
.447- Ivan Melendez's on base %. Melendez has done a good job of working counts and taking his walks early in the season. The batting average is nothing special (.250) but his presence in the lineup has been felt and teams have been pitching very carefully to him following his pair of home runs against Rice in the 3rd game of the season.
10- Texas will play 10 of their next 11 games away from Disch-Falk Field. Following tonight's game in Huntsville, Texas is set to travel to Minute Maid Park in Houston this weekend for matchups against Tennessee, LSU and UCLA. The Longhorns will then square off against Texas State in a pair of midweek games next week before traveling to South Carolina for 3 games against the Gamecocks and midweek clashes against College of Charleston and The Citadel. The Longhorns should have a really good idea about who they are as a ballclub following this 11 game stretch.
#20 Texas Basketball notched their 21st win on the season, 82-81 over the West Virginia Mountaineers on Saturday in Morgantown. Timmy Allen led the Longhorns in scoring with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Marcus Carr who found himself in foul trouble early, scored 15 points in a gritty team win at the WVU Coliseum. Senior guard Jase Febres had his best game in quite some time with a 14-point performance.
Junior Brock Cunningham was ejected after four minutes of play for a questionable flagrant-two. Despite the loss of Cunningham, the Longhorns put together an impressive first half showing, clicking offensively. Texas was able to move the ball with purpose, consistently finding the open shooter, or cutter. While it seemed everyone was hitting their shots early, especially from behind the arc (3/3 on 3PA through the first 10 minutes) turnovers grew to be an issue in both halves of play. The lights-out shooting affair, with 18 combined first half points from Andrew Jones & Timmy Allen, proved to be enough to take a 6 point lead into half, 43-37.
At the start of the second half, the Texas offense sputtered, going scoreless from the 18 minute mark to the 13 minute mark. During the first 7 minutes of the second half, Chris Beard’s team amassed just three field goal attempts. The Longhorns had blown a 6 point halftime lead on the road, and found themselves down 57-50 with 13 minutes left in the game. A minute later, Coach Beard made the tough decision to put Senior G Marcus Carr back into the game with 4 fouls hanging over his head. Coming out of the timeout, Carr hit a critical three pointer to cut the Mountaineer lead from 10 to 7 points. From this point on, Timmy Allen took the reins and rallied his team. Texas began to cut down on careless passes on offense, and slowly began to chip away at the lead. At the 4 minute mark Allen hit two free throws to give the the Longhorns a 74-72 lead, their first since halftime. 20th ranked Texas was able to hang on for the win, behind a stellar second half performance from Allen. The senior forward compiled an impressive statline, going for 26/10/3, 7/9 from the field and 12/16 from the line.
Outside of the nearly scoreless 5 minutes in the 2nd half, the Texas offense was as impressive as it's been all season. Not a perfect showing by any means, but a gritty, much-needed win with two regular season games remaining and the postseason looming. Texas moves to 21-8 on the season with a 10-6 record in Big 12 play.
Texas refused to let a shaky shooting performance from 3 prevent them from picking up a key win against TCU at home Wednesday night, 75-66. Here are some quick thoughts as the Longhorns moved to 20-8 overall and 9-6 in conference play.
TCU controlled about the first 28 minutes of the game. The Horned Frogs were making pretty much everything and Texas wasn't doing themselves many favors with how they were defending the three point line. Once the Longhorns made some adjustments, Texas took over the game in a hurry.
Timmy Allen having a good night usually means Texas came out on top, and tonight was no different. The Utah transfer scored 17 points and pulled in 7 rebounds, including 5 offensive rebounds. He is the glue that holds this team together right now.
Marcus Carr shook off a bad performance against Texas Tech and scored 19 points while only turning the ball over once. When Carr is able to get into the paint, good things happen. He does an excellent job of getting to the free throw line and showed good feel around the basket tonight.
Christian Bishop stepped up in a big way, scoring 10 points while also blocking 5 shots and pulling down 7 rebounds. Bishop will be counted on for heavy minutes over the next few weeks assuming Tre Mitchell does not return this season.
Alright, time for the elephant in the room. Texas went 1 for 14 from three point range. If the Longhorns continue to put up horrific numbers from beyond the arc, it's tough to see this team doing any damage in the NCAA Tournament. Marcus Carr, Courtney Ramey, Jase Febres and Andrew Jones are all streaky shooters who are much better from beyond arc than they have shown over the last few weeks. At some point, Texas needs 2 or 3 of these guys to get hot.
Texas has three games remaining: a road game Saturday against West Virginia, a Big Monday contest at home against Baylor and the season finale in Lawrence next Saturday against Kansas. If Texas somehow finds a way to go 2-1 in this 3 game stretch to wrap up the season, they will likely be a lock for a top 4 seed for the NCAA Tournament. A 1-2 performance likely means the Longhorns will need to win at least one game in the Big 12 tournament to be in the conversation for a 4-seed. A 0-3 performance and it's hard to see any path where Texas gets a 4 seed.
On Thursday, TCU transfer Ochaun Mathis announced that the Longhorns are on his top-five schools list. Along with Texas, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Penn State, and Southern California round out the rest of Mathis' list.
Mathis, an Austin-area product having graduated from Manor High School, joined Gary Patterson and the TCU Horned Frogs in 2018 after enrolling as a three-star prospect. As a result, the Longhorns appear to have the upper hand in the transfer's recruitment as Gary Patterson has since joined the Longhorns as a special advisor to Steve Sarkisian.
Despite Texas's rich incoming recruiting class, the Longhorns feel the need to pursue Mathis' experience in the transfer portal after being unable to produce a consistent pass rush last season. In fact, in 2021, the Longhorns had a four-way tie for the team's sack leader at a measly two sacks apiece
During his four seasons at TCU, Mathis provided the Horned Frogs with 133 tackles and 12.5 sacks. However, his most notable season came in 2020 when the edge rusher totaled 44 tackles and 8 sacks.
On Saturday, the Longhorns men's basketball team was once again unable to earn a victory against Texas Tech, this time shooting a miserly 28.3% from the field. However, regardless of this outcome, the Longhorns still have several important games to focus on before finishing off the regular season.
Week of February 20:
TCU vs No. 20 Texas (2/23 - 6 P.M. CT, ESPN 2)
No. 20 Texas vs West Virginia (2/26 - 1 P.M. CT, ESPN or ESPN2)
Texas's next two games are against opponents who are in the bottom half of the Big 12 Conference's standings. Meanwhile, the Longhorns are currently the fourth seed in the conference. Despite this discrepancy, these two games will be important for the Longhorns to gel again after Saturday's demoralizing loss to Texas Tech. Furthermore, these conference opponents could provide Texas head coach Chris Beard the opportunity to expedite junior forward Dylan Disu's return from injury. Although Disu has appeared in 19 games for the Longhorns this season, he has only averaged 12.1 minutes on the court in these appearances. With Texas's lack of size in the front court, the 6'9" forward could provide the team with a big boost if he was able to regain his form from his time at Vanderbilt, where he averaged 15 points per game last season.
Week of February 27:
No. 7 Baylor vs No. 20 Texas (2/28 - 8 P.M. CT, ESPN)
No. 20 Texas vs No. 6 Kansas (3/5 - 3 P.M. CT, ESPN)
Following two games against some of the conference's lower-seeded opponents, the Longhorns will be challenged by two of the top teams in the country. Earlier in the month of February, the Longhorns bested the Jayhawks at home, then suffered an 80-63 road loss at the hands of the Bears in Waco. Of course, the rematch against Baylor also happens to be Texas's final home game at the Frank Erwin Center. Moreover, the trip to Kansas's Allen Fieldhouse might give the Longhorns the jump-start that they need in order to prepare themselves for the postseason. As a result, the team's final two games of the regular season will serve as a measuring stick for what the team might be capable of during the NCAA tournament.
It was an afternoon to forget in Waco as Baylor blasted Texas 80-63. Chris Beard’s squad failed to match the intensity of the Bears and the game was pretty much over by halftime. Here are some thoughts and takeaways as the Longhorns fell to 18-7 overall and 7-5 in Big 12 play.
Baylor was a bad matchup for Texas athletically, but it was surprising to see just how big of an advantage the Bears had inside the paint. Texas struggled all afternoon with finishing shots inside 5 feet of the basket. Flo Thamba had 4 blocks for Baylor and the Bears finished with 7 blocks overall.
This game had some similarities to the Iowa State game in Ames about a month ago. In both games, Timmy Allen spent much of the afternoon in foul trouble and had a minimal impact. Without Allen on the floor, Texas struggled to get in a rhythm offensively.
Teams who can apply consistent on-ball pressure to the Texas ball handlers have given the Longhorns issues all season. Baylor forced Texas in a lot of uncomfortable possessions and Chris Beard just doesn’t have the type of athletic ball handlers this year to prevent teams from applying a lot of pressure.
For as good as Texas has been on the defensive side of the floor for much of this year, the last two games have not been very good defensive performances. The amount of mental mistakes have increased and Texas is leaving good shooters open far too frequently.
If there is one positive takeaway for Texas from this game, it is that Jase Febres knocked down a pair of three pointers and played 21 minutes. Febres has struggled shooting the basketball for the last month and has seen his minutes decrease significantly. If he can get anywhere close to his old form, that will be very good news for the Longhorns.
Texas travels up to Norman on Tuesday to face OU before returning back home to host Texas Tech on Saturday. The Sooners have been playing solid basketball lately, defeating Texas Tech this past week and nearly upsetting Kansas in Lawrence earlier today.
Texas Baseball released its television schedule along with game times for the 2022 season on Wednesday evening. The Longhorns will begin the season ranked #1 in the country with a home stand against the Rice Owls beginning February 18th. The 3-game series will be televised exclusively on Longhorn Network (LHN).
Almost half of the games played this season will be shown on LHN, with the @Oklahoma (April 2-3) and home series against TCU (April 8-10) airing on one of the ESPN channels.
Full Schedule with Game Times/Television:
Fri, Feb 18
Sat, Feb 19
Sun, Feb 20
Fri, Feb 25
Sat, Feb 26
Sun, Feb 27
Wed, Mar 9
Fri, Mar 11
at South Carolina
Sat, Mar 12
at South Carolina
Sun, Mar 13
at South Carolina
Fri, Mar 18
Sat, Mar 19
Sun, Mar 20
Tue, Mar 22
Tue, Mar 29
Sat, Apr 2
Sun, Apr 3
Tue, Apr 5
Fri, Apr 8
Sat, Apr 9
Sun, Apr 10
Tue, Apr 12
Stephen F. Austin
Tue, Apr 19
Wed, Apr 20
Fri, Apr 22
Sat, Apr 23
Sun, Apr 24
Fri, Apr 29
Sat, Apr 30
Sun, May 1
Tue, May 3
Tue, May 10
Tue, May 17
Thu, May 19
Fri, May 20
Sat, May 21
The 20th ranked Texas Longhorns (18-6, 7-4 Big 12) won their third straight home game over a ranked opponent on Monday night, defeating the Kansas Jayhawks 79-76 at the Frank Erwin Center. Senior forward Timmy Allen led the Longhorns in scoring, dumping in 24 points and grabbing nine rebounds.
Texas played smart basketball, turning the ball over just seven times to fifteen by the Jayhawks.
The Longhorns led 40-35 at the half and the two teams traded leads a multitude of times before Kansas took a 76-72 lead at the 1:09 mark on the game clock. Tre Mitchell's three pointer followed by Allen's jump shot with :21 remaining gave Texas a 77-76 lead. Marcus Carr hit a pair of free throws after being fouled, which extended the Texas lead to 79-76. Chris Beard elected to foul Kansas with 2.6 seconds left, sending the Jayhawks to the line where they missed both shots.
The win was the third straight for the Longhorns over the Jayhawks.
Texas will next face the Baylor Bears on Saturday in Waco at 11:00 AM.
On January 15th the Longhorns went into Ames, Iowa and suffered a 79-70 defeat at the hands of the Cyclones. Texas will look to avenge that loss on Saturday in Austin, as they are in need of a win. Looking ahead in the schedule, after Saturday's contest Texas plays Kansas at home before going on the road to play Baylor in Waco. It would be a stretch to assume that Texas wins both of those games, making the Iowa State game more of a must-win scenario in order to avoid a potential four-game slide.
Will Marcus Carr have an efficient game for Texas?
In Ames Carr shot just 4-14 from the field, which isn’t going to be good enough as the Longhorns' best scorer. When Carr plays to his ability Texas is hard to beat. When he’s off it becomes difficult for the Texas offense to get cranking. Carr is the rare Texas player who can create for himself and others. As we saw against Oklahoma State in Austin, when Carr is on, he’s extremely tough to stop.
How will Texas shoot from downtown?
In their first meeting with the Cyclones Texas shot 36% from three. If they can consistently achieve this, they become much harder to defend. Outside of Courtney Ramey the Longhorns struggled to shoot from deep against Texas Tech on Tuesday. That was a large part of why Texas had trouble scoring in the first half and ultimately proved to be too much for them to overcome in Lubbock.
Can Texas play elite defense?
Entering the matchup with the Red Raiders the Longhorns were giving up just 54.5 ppg. That is enough to win most games even with less-than-desirable offense, but Texas Tech didn’t have issues scoring. The Red Raiders scored 77 points and shot 42.1% from three. If Texas is going to allow opponents to make that percentage from beyond the arc, they will find they won’t win many games against anyone (much less the top crop of teams in the Big 12). If Texas can keep the game in the low 60’s from a points perspective they will have a chance of winning this one.
What: #23 Texas Longhorns (16-6, 5-4 Big 12) vs. #20 Iowa State Cyclones (16-6, 3-6 Big 12)
When: Saturday, February 5, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM CST
Venue: Frank Erwin Center
Location: Austin, TX
TV: Longhorn Network
He’s done it again.
Steve Sarkisian and his staff solidified the program's 2022 recruiting class by the official National Signing Day by securing an elite 5-star offensive lineman in Bowie High School's Devon Campbell. His commitment secured what amounts to the best offensive line recruiting class in Texas Football History and propelled the Longhorns to the 4th best class nationally for 2022.
Campbell is the 9th-ranked player in the nation for the 2022 class. The five-star offensive lineman via the 247Sports Composite is listed as the best guard in the nation for his class and overall the third ranked player in the state of Texas.
Last year for the 8-2 Bowie Volunteers, Campbell played both sides of the ball. On defense he had 22 tackles with five tackles for a loss and one sack. On offense Bowie averaged over 230 yards per game on the ground. The Volunteer rushing attack was very much led by the prowess of Campbell. This year, the Volunteers had a 2-8 record yet still averaged over 160 yards a game on the ground.
Devon Campbell is the best offensive lineman in the class of 2022 based on the 247Sports Composite and 247Sports' own personal rankings. Texas now has a pair of five-star linemen to pair with its five-star quarterback in the future.
Campbell chose Texas over Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, and USC among many other programs.
Name: Devon Campbell
Position: Offensive Tackle
High School: Bowie
City, State: Arlington, TX
Three Best Traits
Athleticism - Campbell is a freak of nature athletically. He’s a two-sport athlete specializing in football and basketball. Campbell is nearly 300-pounds yet can dunk a basketball. He’s extremely fast and nimble and has very quick feet. At Texas, Kyle Flood will be able to put Campbell at guard and pull him around the edge every snap. He can move faster than most defensive lineman and is exceptionally lethal in the run blocking game.
Run blocking - Most of Bowie’s success offensively comes on the ground. In 10 games, Bowie averaged less than 100 yards a game through the air yet over 230 yards a game on the ground. Campbell is elite in terms of run blocking. He mauls opposing defensive lineman as if it’s his job. If he keeps playing like this, it will be his job in a few years.
Versatility - Campbell took snaps at every position from guard, to tackle, to defensive tackle. He’s exceptional everywhere he lines up. As a guard he can create holes for running backs every time. As a tackle he can sit back and defend the blind side, and as a defensive lineman he can stuff the run like no one’s business.
Areas of Improvement
Pass protection - Campbell was great in his limited opportunities in pass blocking scenarios. But that’s the key word, limited. Bowie rarely drops back to pass. Can Campbell drop back and protect the quarterback 30-40 times a game? Only time will tell.
Maintaining his speed as his frame improves - Campbell still has some room on his frame to work out. One thing that makes him so dangerous is his speed and acceleration. If Campbell can add some muscle to his frame while maintaining his elite speed as a guard, then we’re looking at a future first-round pick.
Campbell is an elite offensive lineman talent. He can do everything needed as a guard or tackle. His speed and quick feet alone set him apart from the pack. Then you add in his strength, and good luck trying to impose your will on him. The future of Texas Football with Campbell and others protecting Ewers is a beautiful thing to think about.
What coach Sarkisian and this staff have done by upgrading the offensive line in such a short amount of time is remarkable. Adding two of the best tackle prospects in the 2022 class parlayed with QB Quinn Ewers' transfer will certainly help Longhorn fans get the sour taste that was the 2021 season out of their mouths.
The environment lived up to the hype, as Texas Tech fans showed up in full force Tuesday evening to welcome Chris Beard back to Lubbock. The game itself played out as many expected. The Longhorns went through extended stretches where they struggled against a good Texas Tech defense, ultimately falling 77-64.
There was a 5 minute stretch early in the first half where Texas really let the game get away from them. From that moment forward, it was an uphill climb and the Longhorns were never able to truly get back in the game. They cut the lead to 6 or 7 points a few times in the second half, but every time they appeared poised to get back in the game, Texas Tech responded.
The achilles heel of this team right now is the inability to get an offensive flow on too many possessions. Marcus Carr has received some criticism for his play as teams primary ball handler, but the Longhorns offense as a hole just looks unorganized and lost at times. Texas seems to be much more comfortable when they get out and push the tempo a little. Carr also began opening up the offense more in the second half when he was able to get in the lane and get to the free throw line.
Devin Askew had a rough evening, turning the ball over 3 times in 15 minutes. It has been an up and down season for the transfer from Kentucky. He had a big opportunity to step up when Carr exited the game early with two fouls, but wasn't able to provide a spark.
Perhaps the most frustrating performance came from Timmy Allen, who finished the game with 5 points and 5 rebounds. Texas Tech clearly had a plan to not let Allen beat them offensively and Texas didn't have a counter punch ready.
Courtney Ramey single handily kept Texas in the game in the first half by connecting on 4 three pointers. Unfortunately, he didn't score at all in the second half and went ice cold from the floor.
Big picture thought
This wasn't a game many expected Texas to win. It doesn't change much in terms of where the Longhorns are in relation to chasing a NCAA tournament bid, but it does call into question what the ceiling of this team truly is. Defense travels and wins games in March, but you still have to have an offensive pulse. Sloppy play on offense combined with being turnover prone is a sure path to an early exit. Texas must clean up on the turnovers if they want to maximize this season. They are way too reckless with the basketball and it's somewhat surprising it hasn't hurt them more up to this point. They have won several games this season committing 17+ turnovers which is a major gift.
Tuesday night's matchup with Texas Tech in Lubbock will be the biggest test for the Texas Basketball program since they played Gonzaga in November. I would argue that this is a bigger measuring stick for what the Longhorns can be as the team heads into March. When they played the Bulldogs, we knew the team still needed to time to gel. As we enter the latter part of the regular season, the team we see is largely going to be the team we see in March for better or worse. Beyond what may be the most hostile environment in college basketball this season for this team, what makes this game intriguing is how similar the two teams are. Chris Beard knows them and they know Beard well.
Texas must shoot well from beyond the arc or they will not win this game. In the Longhorns three Big 12 losses, they have shot just 29.5% from three. That stat won’t win you many games, and in what likely will be a slugfest in Lubbock, it definitely won't win you a game. Shooting 35% or more from three is what it’s going to take for this offense to start winning games vs evenly matched opponents.
The Longhorns need to find ways to get to the line early and often on Tuesday night. Against Tennessee they shot just 5-12 from the line. There are two issues with that. First, they shot less than 50% from the line, and second they didn't make many trips to shoot free throws. They need to get to the line 20-25 times a game and aim for 70-75%. Texas has elite defense, which means if they can score 60 points per game, you feel good about their chances of winning.
Marcus Carr needs a good performance. Carr is the best pure scorer on the Texas roster, without question. When he’s on, he can put up 25-30 points which is ideal because it creates open looks for others. He is one of the top players in the Big 12 when he plays at his capacity. Conversely when he has an off-game, it makes things difficult for the offense. That’s often when we see Texas go five or more minutes without scoring like we saw on Saturday.
On Wednesday, the Longhorns will look to put a bow on their 2022 recruiting class by potentially adding another blue-chip prospect. Today, we discuss the three main players that the Longhorns are fighting for on National Signing Day.
Even though the Longhorns already have six pledges on the offensive line in their 2022 recruiting class, five-star offensive lineman Devon Campbell could potentially become the class's crown jewel. According to the 247Sports Composite, Campbell is the ninth-ranked player in the nation's 2022 recruiting cycle and is the top-ranked interior offensive lineman.
The race for Devon Campbell is down to just two programs, Oklahoma and Texas. However, it appears that Campbell is leaning towards Texas as he is the recipient of five 247Sports crystal ball predictions in favor of the Longhorns. Additionally, the fact that Campbell has been heavily recruited by the Longhorns for a couple of years now certainly does not hurt their chances either. With all of that said, Campbell still has to put pen to paper on National Signing Day.
Along with the offensive line, linebacker was a position of need for the Longhorns in 2021. As a result, a surprise commitment from 2022 five-star linebacker Harold Perkins, out of Cypress Park, would be a huge Signing Day victory for Texas. Like Campbell, Perkins is highly-regarded by recruiting sites, being listed as the second-ranked linebacker and eight-ranked player overall in the nation's 2022 recruiting cycle by the 247Sports Composite.
However, unlike Campbell, the Longhorns appear to be on the outside looking in for Perkins. Despite taking multiple visits to the Forty Acres during his senior season, programs such as Florida, LSU and Texas A&M all remain in contention for Perkins's services. But, one thing to know about Perkins is that his recruitment has always been a wildcard, so expect the unexpected.
Similar to Perkins, 2022 four-star safety Jacoby Matthews is not necessarily a player that you should expect the Longhorns to land on National Signing Day, but crazier things have happened. The native of Ponchatoula, Louisiana is the second-ranked safety in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite and should be seen as LSU's to lose. However, besides from LSU, programs such as Florida, Texas and Texas A&M are very well in the mix.
In Rick Barnes' return to the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday, the Texas Longhorns survived a late surge by the #18 Tennessee Volunteers to old on to a 52-51 victory. Texas has won three in a row as they head to Lubbock on Tuesday evening to face Chris Beard's former team.
Here's what we learned about the Texas Basketball team after last Saturday's win.
The Longhorns defense is elite plain and simple. Often times early on in the season statistical categories can be more of who you’ve played more than anything else. Texas is first in the nation in opponents points per game giving up just 54.5. Despite a late second half 19-2 run by Tennessee, the Volunteers still only scored 51 points. In basketball, if you can hold teams to under 60 points, you’re going to win a lot of games. While playing a more complete game will be needed moving forward, the defense has always been on-point at home or on the road.
Texas needs to be working on free throws. The Longhorns shot just 5-12 from the line against Tennessee. If the shots from the stripe do not improve, it will cost Texas multiple games. When points are as limited as they often are for the Longhorns, the team as a whole needs to make as many free throws as possible. This will be a determining factor in how far they go in March.
When Texas shoots well from deep they win the game. They shot 7-16 from deep on Saturday and when the Longhorns shoot 40% from three it brings a dynamic that the offense needs. Without the three's it turns into a lot of hero ball, which Texas simply doesn’t have enough of to succeed in each game. Marcus Carr is the closest thing Beard and company have to a pure scorer but it’s a tough burden for one player to have to do every game.
Texas welcomed back Rick Barnes to the Erwin Center on Saturday night. The former Texas coach received plenty of recognition prior to tip off and was warmly welcomed back by Longhorn fans. In typical Barnes fashion, the game itself turned into a defensive battle with both teams having extended scoring droughts. In the end though, Texas was able to squeak out a 52-51 victory to secure a big home win over a ranked opponent on an emotional night. Here are some thoughts and takeaways.
It was the first home sellout for Texas since 2016 and the environment was excellent. The crowd was engaged from the opening tip and Chris Beard's motto of uniting the Texas basketball family was on full display as they welcomed home Barnes.
The game itself was ugly at times. Texas appeared poised to run away with things as they opened up a 17 point lead in the second half but scored one (!!!!) point in the last 5:30 of the second half as Tennessee came storming back. Ultimately, that point proved to be the difference as a Timmy Allen free throw with 6 seconds left was enough to give Texas the victory.
Texas had an uncharacteristically awful night from the free throw line. The Longhorns repeatedly missed free throws down the stretch as they attempted to put the game away and finished the evening 5 for 12 from the charity stripe.
Courtney Ramey led all Texas players with 18 points and connected on 4 three pointers. Ramey's ability to connect from deep has shown up for most of the season and he has proven to be the most reliable three point shooter for Texas right now.
It was a rough night for Marcus Carr, who finished with 3 points and 2 assists despite playing 34 minutes. Carr looked to be hesitant for much of the evening, which was something that plagued him early in the season. Chris Beard will need to get his point guard back on track with a brutal stretch of Big 12 play coming up.
As a team, Texas had 18 turnovers after having 20 turnovers against Oklahoma State a week ago. Somehow, Texas won both games. It is certainly not a trend they can keep up. The Longhorns have to do a better job of protecting the basketball or it is going to come back to bite them in a big way.
On a brighter note, the defense for Texas continues to be outstanding. Tennessee shot 35.8% from the field and 27.8% from deep. Texas also forced 11 turnovers and made the Volunteers force shots on a lot of possessions.
The long anticipated trip to Lubbock is finally here. Texas travels to face Texas Tech on Tuesday. The Longhorns currently sit at 5-3 with 10 conference games remaining. The next two weeks will go a long way in determining what seed line Texas will be looking back come March.
On Saturday, the Longhorns held their annual Junior Day event and hosted a large number of star-studded visitors on the Forty Acres. Today, I will list all of the athletes who received an offer during their trip to the Forty Acres and will highlight two of these scholarship recipients.
The 2023 three-star edge rusher was one of many individuals to receive an offer from the Longhorns on Saturday. During the 2021 football season, Vasek helped to anchor an always dominant Westlake defense, along with Texas signee Ethan Burke, and won Defensive MVP honors in Westlake's state title win. Last season, the 6'6" edge rusher tallied 56 tackles, 10 sacks and 2 forced fumbles. Currently, Vasek has received 16 scholarship offers, most of which came after Vasek's dominant three sack state title performance.
The 6'0" Duncanville wide receiver became the first in-state recruit in the class of 2025 to receive an offer from Texas. Additionally, Dakorien Moore had himself a solid season at Duncanville, being featured quite heavily on a team that made it all the way to the title game. Furthermore, Moore showcased an ability throughout the playoffs to burn defenses and was one of a few freshmen that was able to make an impact on a powerhouse football program during his first year of high school football.
2023 WR Kyle Parker - Lovejoy
2024 RB Bryan Jackson - McKinney
2023 OL - Ian Reed - Vandegrift
2023 S - Tyler Turner - S.A. Brennan
2024 CB - Ka'Davion Dotson - Duncanville
2024 S - Corian Gipson - Lancaster
2024 CB - Kobe Black - Waco Connally
2025 WR Dakorien Moore - Duncanville
2023 EDGE Braylan Shelby - Friendswood
2024 DL Nigel Smith - Melissa
2023 EDGE Colton Vasek - Westlake
2023 RB Cameron Cook - Stony Point
2023 DL Jaren Woods - La Grange
2024 WR Freddie Dubose - Clemens
2024 CB Hunter Moddon - Clear Lake
2023 DL Ansel Nedore - Round Rock
2026 DL Jahkeem Stewart - East St. John