• Intrasquad scrimmage will be at Gregory Gym for third-straight year

    The Texas men’s basketball team will offer a first look at its team in the Texas Tip-Off at Gregory Gym for a third-straight season, the program announced on Wednesday.

    The Longhorns’ intrasquad scrimmage will be on Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. The first 3,000 fans will be allowed in to Gregory Gym. The scrimmage will be broadcast on Longhorn Network, and admission for the scrimmage is free.

    The Texas Tip-Off started in head coach Shaka Smart’s first season on the 40 Acres. The annual intrasquad scrimmage has been a chance for the Longhorns to bring basketball back to Gregory Gym. The Longhorns played in Gregory Gym up until 1977 before they moved into the Frank Erwin Center.

    This year, nine players from last season’s roster return to Texas, including sophomore guard Andrew Jones, junior guard Eric Davis Jr. and junior guard Kerwin Roach II. The Longhorns added notable players in their 2017 recruiting class with the additions of freshman point guard Matt Coleman and freshman forward Mohamed Bamba.

    Texas will open its 2017-18 season at home on Nov. 10 against Northwestern State. The Longhorns are coming off of an 11-22 campaign and a last-place finish in the Big 12 in 2016-17.

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    Cyclones show up for night games at Ames

    On Thursday night, the 1-2 Texas Longhorns will test their talents in Ames against the Iowa State Cyclones. The weeknight matchup will be the 15th meeting between the two Big 12 programs.

    Despite the close spread of Texas (-4) heading into Thursday, the Longhorns have a firm grip on the series against the Cyclones. Texas has won 12 of 14 contests, including last year’s 27-6 triumph in Austin. But last outing in Ames, Iowa State dominated the Longhorns in unprecedented fashion on Halloween night, 24-0.

    Texas fared 2-of-13 on third down and only achieved 204 yards in the shutout loss — one that locked the eventual 5-7 Longhorns out of postseason play. Iowa State’s defense forced nine Michael Dickson punts, causing Texas’ punting yardage to double its offensive output.

    The previous time Texas played the Cyclones in Ames in 2013, chaos ensued on a Thursday night. The Longhorns escaped with a 31-30 road victory, but the win did not come without controversy. With 1:08 remaining, Texas running back Johnathan Gray was stripped right before the goal line. Iowa State recovered the fumble and attempted to run the ball back for a touchdown, but the referees blew the whistle, citing Gray’s forward progress was stopped.

    Former Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads expressed his displeasure in the call during his postgame press conference. The play mirrored Sam Ehlinger’s double overtime fumble against USC, but in this situation, the offense earned the benefit of forward progress.

    Despite Texas controlling the series history, the Cyclones have shown competitiveness in night games against the Longhorns at Jack Trice Stadium. At 2-1 with a high-scoring offense, Iowa State — even after failing to attain bowl eligibility since 2012 — has shown impressive capability of landing a statement win over Texas in Ames.

  • Lexi Sun named 'freshman of the week'

    Despite Texas’ loss to No. 1 Minnesota on Friday, freshman outside hitter Lexi Sun was named Big 12 ‘Freshman of The Week’ for the second-consecutive week. Sun posted 43 kills on 91 attacks while only committing 13 errors over the weekend. Sun also added 24 digs with seven blocks, earning her a spot on the American Campus Classic All-Tournament Team. The Longhorns looked strong in the three-match sweeps of Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Denver before they fell to No. 1 Minnesota, 1-3.

    Sun, the nation’s top recruit in 2017, made a noticeable impact immediately upon arriving onto campus. The freshman has already racked up back-to-back Big 12 ‘Freshman of The Week’ honors, but this recognition isn’t foreign to the California native. 

    While in high school, Sun received Gatorade Player of the Year, PrepVolleyball.com National Player of the Year, ALL-USA Volleyball Player of the Year and was ranked No. 1 on PrepVolleyball’s top-10 senior aces. 

    Sun doesn’t appear to be stopping any time soon. She will have another opportunity to shine, this time against Texas’ arch-rival when the Longhorns travel to College Station to take on Texas A&M.

  • Texas basketball releases conference schedule

    The Big 12 Conference schedule went live on Thursday afternoon, giving Texas fans plenty to be excited about in the upcoming season. Both the men’s and women’s schedules follow last season’s double round-robin structure, consisting of 18 games home and away appearances from each rival squad. 

    The men open play at home against Kansas on Dec. 29. The Jayhawks finished last season with a 16–2 conference record and an appearance in the elite eight at the NCAA tournament. 

    The women start the 2017-18 campaign on the road in Norman, Oklahoma, in a matchup against the Sooners on Dec. 28. The two teams each stole a win on the opposing home court last season; Texas lost by a single point.

    Both Longhorn teams enter looking to build on last season’s performances. The men will receive a significant boost with the additions of five-star power forward Mohamed Bamba and four-star point guard Matt Coleman. The team failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament last season after posting a disappointing 11–22 record, including 14 conference losses to finish last in the Big 12 standings. The opening conference matchup against Kansas will measure how much progress the Longhorns have truly made. 

    The women’s team saw an unceremonious exit at the hands of Stanford in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament. Offseason additions of the No. 1 forward in the nation, Rellah Boothe, and the No. 1 point guard, Chasity Patterson, ensure the team is reloaded and will be ready to climb again.

    —Dalton Phillips

     

  • Longhorns return from Australia trip

    Members of the Texas Longhorns basketball team spent 12 days across the world traveling and honing their skills over the offseason.

    The Longhorns played four contests in Australia over a seven-day stretch in Australia, wrapping up their final exhibition on Aug. 21. Texas fared 2-2 in competition, defeating the Dandenong Rangers and Cairns Taipans, while falling to Melbourne United and the Illawarra Hawks. Three of the teams Texas faced on its tour were members of Australia’s National
    Basketball League.

    Texas last held an overseas tour in Australia 21 years ago, prior to the 1996–97 basketball season. Before the trip, no member of the roster had previously traveled to the country, according to head coach Shaka Smart. Smart now owns a young roster filled with plenty of freshman talent. After a bitter 11–22 season, the Longhorns recovered strongly by recruiting five-star power forward Mohamed Bamba and four-star point guard Matt Coleman. Texas lost former standout Jarrett Allen to the NBA Draft but will return Andrew Jones to the roster.

    The team gained much-needed experienced by scrimmaging professional teams in Australia, serving as early preparation for its first regular season game on Nov. 10 against Northwestern State.

    — Steve Helwick

     

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