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  1. 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.
  2. A little later than expected, but former Longhorn big man Jarrett Allen comes off the board to the Brooklyn Nets at number 22.
  3. Per Jones himself he is withdrawing from the NBA Draft and returning to Texas. Big news for Shaka and the Longhorns.
  4. Out of Mount St. Mary's per Scout. http://www.mountathletics.com/sports/mbkb/2016-17/bios/long_elijah_y7yx
  5. 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
  6. Per Jeff Goodman of ESPN, Texas freshman guard Andrew Jones has declared for the NBA draft, but won't sign with an agent.
  7. Who's everybody got? I got KU vs Nova in the ship with Nova winning it all.
  8. Mike Morrell is named to take David Cason job
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. The wife has talked me in to going to Kansas City for the Big 12 tournament. Anyone have two tickets they are looking to sell?
  12. Story via Will Baizer With 8 seconds left in the game and down by 2 to the Georgia Bulldogs, the Longhorns had one last shot to tie or win the game. Coming out of a timeout, the ball gets in-bounded to Kerwin Roach. Roach drives the ball down the court with time winding down. 5 seconds left and Roach dishes it to Allen who grabs the ball 10 feet away from the hook in the center of the court. 1 second left. Allen throws up the hook shot. It's on target. It's got the right power. It hits the front of the rim, rolls to the back of the rim... but rattles back over the front of the rim. Georgia rebounds and wins this contest in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. It's been one of those seasons. Texas is now 2-6 in game decided by 3 points or less and 0-6 on the road. And it was déjà vu for Longhorn fans as they watched another 10 point lead slip out of the hands of the 7th youngest team in the nation (344/351). The Longhorns went into the half with a lead of 32-23 and came out of it without scoring another point for the first 3 minutes of the 2nd half. However, the win really came off the heels of another scoreless run for the Longhorns starting with 7 minutes left in the 2nd half where UGA went on an 8-0 run, Shaq Cleare fouled out, and left Texas in a 7 point deficit they would never be able to claw their way out of. The Longhorns just could not slow down the Bulldogs to veteran players PG J.J. Frazier who went for 14 PTS, 3 AST and Yante Maten who went for 21 PTS and 7 REB. Together they contributed to a vast majority of the offensive production against the Longhorns and came in the clutch for UGA when Texas made it with in 1 point of tying the game. It was a day of struggles for the big men down low as James Banks, Shaq Cleare, and Jarrett Allen got into foul trouble early in the game and were out-worked by the big men of the Bulldogs. Georgia doesn't shoot well from outside (shot 16.7% vs Texas), but the Longhorns let the Bulldogs get too many open looks from inside the arc. Cleare had a tremendous game scoring 8 points before being taken out by a fifth foul. James Banks played well, but continues to struggle on the offensive side of the court. Jarrett Allen borrowed a few points from the game against Kansas as he continued to struggle only grabbing 4 points and 5 defensive rebounds. His struggles are a continuation of the Oklahoma game, where he could not establish himself down low and went 2-7 shooting. The guards showed up in Athens, GA, but also didn't take great care of the ball. Andrew Jones, Kerwin Roach, and Eric Davis each broke double digits in scoring. Andrew Jones had his best game of his Texas career coming off his previous best game of his career (against Oklahoma). He scored 16 points, grabbed 4 boards, and had 8 assists. This was the type of production Shaka was hoping for... minus his 6 turnovers. Kerwin Roach played tremendous defense (again), scored 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds... but he also had 4 fouls and gave the ball away thrice. Eric Davis is normalizing into the shooter he was last season, knocking down 2 threes and grabbing 11 points on the game. Dating back to last season, the Longhorns have now lost 19 of their last 28 games. But it was just another game of ups and downs where the Longhorns started off well, came to screeching halts, stayed stagnant for 3-5 minutes of game play, and lost a close game. Texas is so close. Sunshine is just over this hill if the Longhorns would stop stepping on their own feet, tripping, and rolling all the way back down to the bottom of the hill.
  13. AUSTIN-- Although they sit last in the Big 12 rankings, the Texas men's basketball team had a glimmer of hope last night. The Longhorn's five-game losing streak was broken in a last second three-pointert against the Oklahoma Sooners. That's right, there was redemption on the Red River. In a game that seemed never ending, Texas defeated Oklahoma in the last second, 84-83. With the second largest at-home crowd this season, Texas was eager to put on a show. Moves were made by the Longhorns in the very beginning, with Shaquille Cleare, Eric Davis Jr. and Jarrett Allen scoring seven points within the first two minutes of the game. The Sooners quickly put up four points to challenge Texas, but the energy inside the Erwin center seemed to fuel the Longhorn's play. The first half belonged to the Longhorns, up until the last 8 minutes when OU took the lead, 26-24. Texas quickly responded, tying the game 26-26 following two made free throws by James Banks. Texas led the Sooners going into the second half, 41-39. The second half was a back-and-forth battle between the two teams, and the Longhorns kept the lead until the last minute of the game, when OU squeezed ahead 80-78. The Sooners continued to build their lead, with the Longhorns close behind. With ten seconds left, OU led 83-81. The Sooner's Kameron McGusty missed a free throw, giving freshman Andrew Jones the chance to steal the ball. Two seconds until the buzzer, and Jones shoots for the three. And it was good. With 1.8 seconds, Texas was in the lead, and the Sooners did not have enough time to respond to the shot. With a final score of 84-83, the Horns walked away victorious for the first time since their win against Oklahoma State on January 4. UP NEXT The Longhorns head to Georgia this weekend for the SEC, Big 12 Challenge. The game will be in ESPN Saturday at 3:00 pm. Photo courtesy to @TexasMBB
  14. Lawrence-- The Longhorns seemed to up their offensive game today against Kansas, but it was not enough to beat the #2 team. Texas fell to the Jayhawks 79-67, following a strong effort from Smart and his team. The Jayhawks held the lead from their first three pointer within the first minute of play, all the way to the final buzzer. The smallest point margin for Texas was three points, and that was as close as it got. It was an attempt at a game of catch-up for the Longhorns, but despite their efforts, they went into the second half down by eight, the score being 41-33. The second half started with Texas winning the tipoff, but this momentum was not enough to push them ahead of Kansas. After a quick turnover from Jarrett Allen, the Jayhawks continued to score. Kansas' 79 points put Texas 1-6 in conference, their first losing record since the 2012-2013 season under coach Rick Barnes. LIGHTS AMONGST THE FALL Let's take a look at a positive. Although the Horns fell, freshman Jarrett Allen posted 22 points and 19 rebounds, the most points and rebounds out of both teams. Freshman Andrew Jones sat atop the Longhorn's leaderboard for assists, making five throughout the game. Jones also scored an impressive 15 points. Senior Shaquille Cleare had 11 points, and sophomore Eric Davis Jr. had 12. WHAT'S NEXT Texas continues conference play on January 23, when they host the University of Oklahoma. In order to defeat the Sooners, Texas needs to continue to improve their offense, as well as their defense.
  15. The 2016-2017 season has proven to be a tough one for the Texas men's basketball team. The Longhorns are 1-5 in conference play, and are without key components on the court. Top scorer Tevin Mack has been indefinitely suspended for violating team rules, bringing the Longhorn offense to a slow speed. Coach Shaka Smart's team is also without a point guard, after Isaiah Taylor decided to relinquish his senior season to enter the NBA draft. With the Horns struggling this season, Smart, and the rest of the 40 acres, seem excited about the upcoming freshman class that will start at the university in the fall of 2017. Sealing a Top Class The 2017 recruiting class is ranked number eight, according to ESPN, with four current commits. Three of the four commits are amongst the ESPN 100, and all four are four-star recruits. This past week, Smart sealed the deal with recruit, Matt Coleman. Coleman will fill the much needed point guard position, as well as being a leader on the team. He exemplifies strong leadership skills on and off the court, which will help strengthen the chemistry that the team seems to be lacking. Smart's Three Signees Along with Coleman, Smart has already signed three players; Jericho Sims, Royce Hamm, and Jase Febres. Each signee plays a different position on the court, adding depth and talent to the lineup. Sims is a center and stands at a whopping 6 ft. 8. Throughout high school, he was a strong rebounder and shot blocker. He would join current freshman James Banks asa center for the Longhorns. Also standing at 6 ft. 8 is power forward Royce Hamm. Hamm is a strong three-point shooter, as well as being a strong blocker. With Texas currently lacking a power forward, Hamm would come in and be able to prove himself as a strong player for Smart. Smart’s third signee is not one to be looked over. Jase Febres is a 6 ft. 5 shooting guard that also gives a mean block. Because shooting the ball has been a previous struggle for this Texas team, Febres will be able to come in and make the shots that the Longhorns have currently been lacking. The Pressure is On Smart is adding key players to his team next year, in hopes of rebuilding the program that has seemed to fallen this season. With the amount of talent and depth that these incoming freshmen bring, this group of young men will step up and take on the responsibility that has been placed before them.
  16. Your favorite Longhorn basketball podcast trio is back (is that niche enough?). HornSports' Will Baizer, BarkingCarnivals' John Brashear, and InsideTexas' Tim Preston discuss the addition of Matt Coleman and the subtraction of Tevin Mack. What does each mean for the program going forward. Also what can we take away from the TCU and WVU losses? Lastly, the guys try to give you a reason to watch the Baylor and Kansas games! Don't miss that.
  17. The tri-site trio of HornSports' Will Baizer, BarkingCarnival's John Brashear, and InsideTexas' Tim Preston take a look at what Texas did well and where Texas failed last week against Oklahoma State and Iowa State. Then answering, what can Texas take away from those two games and bring to the TCU and WVU games? What should Texas expect from TCU and WVU? Also they talk Super Heroes because they're cool.
  18. Texas leads Arky 13-10 w/ 13:28 left, 1st half
  19. The tri-site trifecta of HornSports' Will Baizer, BarkingCarnival's John Brashear, and InsideTexas' Tim Preston break down what is happening to the Longhorns this season, what is going wrong with their offense, and how badly they do or do not need a point guard. Then they end off with a preview of the upcoming Arkansas game and a bigger picture for the rest of the season.
  20. ... and this from Burnt Orange Nation. Previewing Texas vs. Alabama Not since Nick Saban’s wife was house shopping in town have the Tide made such an impression in Austin. by Jeffrey Haley Dec 2, 2016, 11:00am CST "The coaching carousel, as they call it, turns every spring. In the spring of 2015, it turned for both the Texas Longhorn and Alabama Crimson Tide basketball programs. The Crimson Tide had just dumped head coach Anthony Grant — Shaka Smart’s predecessor at VCU — after six seasons that included only one NCAA tournament trip. Grant found a nice landing spot with his old boss Billy Donovan working as an assistant coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Alabama was off to find his replacement. The Tide made a lot of noise about making a big name hire. Gary, err, Gregg Marshall was their first choice. They took a big pile of of that ROLL TIDE football money up to Wichita and Marshall turned it down, electing to stick with a Shockers squad that at the time was returning two preseason All-American candidates in its back court. It didn’t hurt that Wichita nicely topped off his salary, making the ROLL TIDE stacks of cash a little bit less compelling. Meanwhile, Texas quickly settled on Shaka Smart. And so Alabama moved on to new candidates, and landed a well-known name to basketball fans. Avery “the Little General†Johnson, the rare person who simultaneously has a nickname that vaguely sounds like an anatomical euphemism as well as a family name that absolutely is one, was their man. After a long playing career in the NBA, Johnson switched to coaching. Split between Dallas and the Nets, the Little General spent the better part of seven seasons as a head coach. Alabama is his first college job. Alabama fans got their first taste of Johnson last year, a season that saw the Tide struggle at times, but one that was far from a disaster. Alabama went 8-10 in the SEC, and was 18-15 overall. Not bad. This season Johnson’s squad is 4-2, with four wins over mostly over-matched opponents, and with losses to the two quality teams on the schedule: Dayton and Valparaiso. Both losses saw Alabama struggle with perimeter shooting while their opponents did not. The Tide’s strength comes on the defensive end — specifically they force a high rate of turnovers. This makes them the first Longhorn opponent who aggressively challenges opponents in this way, which makes tonight’s game our first chance to see how Texas’ young guards Andrew Jones and Kerwin Roach will do against a defense that sets out to create this sort of trouble. Additionally, Johnson’s squad is strong on the defensive interior. 6’8 freshman Braxton Key, 6’9 sophomore Donta Hall, and 6’10 senior Jimmie Taylor all protect the rim (opponents are shooting 43 percent inside the arc so far this season) and control the defensive glass. On the offensive end, things don’t always come quite as easy for the Crimson Tide. Alabama plays rather slowly in the possessions where it can’t take turnovers and convert them into easy scores. And scoring can get a little difficult at times. One thing that the Tide do well offensively is shoot the ball from the perimeter. Through the first six games 42 percent of ‘Bama shot attempts have been from three point range, and they have connected on 36 percent of these attempts. Almost everyone in Johnson’s 11-man rotation has the green light to shoot. Through the first six games Key, Riley Norris, Corban Collins, and Ar'mond Davis have been the most productive players from deep. Freshman Dazon Ingram is the primary point guard and has had a strong start to his college career. He is backed up by Texas A&M transfer Avery Johnson, Jr. — the Little Little General. Alabama’s early recruiting returns with Johnson have been solid, although to be fair the Tide have always recruited pretty well. A big name like Johnson — provided he and his staff put in the work -- should do fine recruiting in a place like Tuscaloosa."
  21. PSA: game tips off at 2:30 on ESPNU. Let's hope the good guys can rebound from last night's loss.
  22. Didn't see this posted yet. Good for LA! PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With no picks in this year's NBA draft, the Portland Trail Blazers still made news in offering All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge a maximum contract extension. The offer was confirmed Thursday by a person close to the negotiations who could not comment publicly because the team had not formally announced it. The offer, made to Aldridge's representatives last week, was first reported by Yahoo! Sports. Aldridge, in the fifth and final year of a $65 million contract, is set to become a free agent next summer. The Blazers hope to lure him to stay with a five-year, $108 million extension. Aldridge averaged a career-best 23.2 points and 11.1 rebounds last season for the Blazers, who went 54-28 and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals before losing to eventual NBA champion San Antonio. The move does not come as a surprise after general manager Neil Olshey emphasized the importance of getting the deal with Aldridge done. "The most important thing is everybody, including LaMarcus, knows he's the number one priority in the organization right now," Olshey said when the season ended. There was talk last summer that Aldridge was interested in entertaining other offers, but as the season drew to a close he said several times that he was happy in Portland. The Blazers have been known in recent years to pull off draft night surprises, but the team was quiet with no picks this season. It was the third time that the Blazers had gone without a selection, but first since 1999. The team surrendered its picks in this year's draft because of earlier trades. The No. 24 overall pick went to the Charlotte Hornets as part of a 2011 trade that brought Gerald Wallace to Portland. The No. 56 pick went to the Denver Nuggets in the 2011 trade that sent Andre Miller to the Nuggets.
  23. Photo: TexasSports.com The Big 12 /SEC Women's Basketball Challenge kicks off on December 1, 2016 with Oklahoma/Kentucky and the Texas Longhorns hosting the South Carolina Gamecocks at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. The Challenge will matchup all ten Big 12 schools against Southeastern conference schools over a 4-day period. Texas and South Carolina have met twice before, with the Longhorns coming out on top on both occasions: March 20, 1988 – Texas 77, South Carolina 58 (Austin, Texas) November 25, 2005 – Texas 59, South Carolina 55 (Freeport, Bahamas) Since the Big 12/SEC Challenge began in 2014, the Longhorns are a perfect 2-0 against SEC teams in the event: December 21, 2014 – Texas 67, Texas A&M 65 (Little Rock, Arkansas) December 20, 2015 – Texas 61, Arkansas 50 (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) The Longhorns finished the season ranked at #7 in both the Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches Polls. Complete 2016 Big 12/SEC Challenge Schedule Thursday, December 1 South Carolina at Texas Oklahoma at Kentucky Friday, December 2 Auburn at Kansas State Georgia at Oklahoma State Mississippi State at Iowa State Saturday, December 3 Texas Tech at Arkansas Sunday, December 4 TCU at LSU Kansas at Alabama Ole Miss at West Virginia Baylor at Tennessee

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