Texas came back from a 12-point deficit to beat UT-Arlington 72-69 at the Frank Erwin Center on Friday evening. Check out the photos from the game:
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After playing each of its first four games at the Frank Erwin Center, the Longhorns head to Kansas City, Mo., Monday for their CBE semifinal matchup against the BYU Cougars.
Despite its youth and inexperience, Texas has started the season with an impressive four game win streak, but have yet to face the challenge of playing on the road.
“Just knowing that we’re going up to Kansas City to play BYU, this is a big opportunity for us to put Texas Basketball back on the map,” freshman point guard Isaiah Taylor said. “We want to get back to where we once were, so it’s a big opportunity [for] the team, the coaching staff and the program in general.”
Perhaps the bigger challenge for the young Longhorns will be playing on consecutive days, with a tournament championship on the line. Depending on the result of tonight’s game against the Cougars, Texas will take on DePaul or Wichita State in either the championship game or third place contest Tuesday night.
“The key will be playing in back-to-back games and playing a different style,” head coach Rick Barnes said. “So it will be important to adapt quickly from one game to the next. That’s what the early season is about. You try to get exposed to as many different styles as you can.”
Thought by many to be a team in the midst of the rebuilding process, the Longhorns have looked like a Big 12 contender in each of their first four games.
With so many unproven freshmen on the roster, it appeared as though Texas was going to need to rely heavily on it’s leading returning scorer from last year’s team, but that has not been the case.
“When we started the season, I would have thought we’d have to rely on Javan Felix for a little bit more scoring,” Barnes said. “But we don’t have to rely on any one player to score. We’d like to have five or six guys in double figures.”
Texas has done just that so far this year, with at least three players scoring in double figures in each of its games, including five guys with 10 or more against Stephen F. Austin. The Longhorns have also had three different leading scorers in their four contests this year, none of which have been Felix.
“I’ve been most surprised by our versatility on offense,” said junior forward Jonathan Holmes, who leads the team with 15 points per game. “I didn’t know how many guys would actually have the ability to score, but it’s good to see it from a lot of them.”
There were a few things I knew going into the Taylor Swift concert at the Frank Erwin Center last night. I knew I was going to be surrounded by mostly preteens, there was going to be glitter and a lot of red. I didn’t know, however, that I was supposed to paint my body red, wrap my self in Christmas lights or recreate my own version of outfits she wore on stage.
My neighbor was about a foot and a half shorter than me, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the transcendent experience that is a Swift production. It’s easy to picture the curly headed blonde teenager on a stool with her guitar, but her newly straight hair and blunt bangs seem to make a much more sleek and sexy Swift. The black and red wardrobe and sets also contributed to a more mature feel. And when her silhouette appeared and the first sounds echoed through the arena, we were all in agreement: we would never be the same after this concert.
She opened with “State of Grace” and followed with “Holy Ground,” so the audience was thoroughly energized for the two hours ahead. Swift took moments throughout the show to smile into the crowd and soak in her screaming fans. She was also fresh off the Billboard Music Awards where she took home eight trophies, including Artist of the Year, so that could’ve been partially responsible for the sparkle in her eye. Then there was the strange and very sexed up version of “You Belong With Me,” where Swift and her back up singers stood in a row performing 1960s girl group arm choreography.
The next stand out number was “22.” I fear Swift has created a generation of young girls who are very much looking forward to an age that is mostly tinged with financial worries and getting your first job. But, “I Knew You Were Trouble,” immediately followed by “All Too Well” was perhaps the best part of the night. The first during which Swift’s dress was torn off to reveal a little black number underneath. Swift got about as sexy as you’ll ever see her get. “All Too Well” was deeply dramatic. Chandeliers hung from the top of the stage and it reminded me of Lady Gaga at her piano singing “Speechless” during the Monster Ball in 2011. I’m pretty sure there was fire and blood involved in Gaga’s performance, though.
Swift took time between songs to share some of her feelings and give young fans advice on life and love. When she looked out into the crowd and said surely we must have all felt the same love and heartbreak that she writes so poetically about, the screams in reply were deafening. All I could think was that at 8 years old, I certainly didn’t know heartbreak.
She closed the night with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” The knowledge that she gets to end every night with the revenge of singing her triple platinum break up song, thousands of fans echoing in her ears and heart-shaped confetti falling from the ceiling is enough to make any girl, boy, man or woman want to be Taylor Swift.
See slideshow of Taylor Swift w/ Ed Sheeran here!
The world’s most exciting basketball team travels to Austin this week. The Harlem Globetrotters will be putting on a pair of performances at the Frank Erwin Center on Thursday and Friday.
The Globetrotters, who will celebrate their 87th anniversary this year, are in the midst of their 2013 “You Write the Rules” World Tour. In addition to hosting exhibition games across the United States, the Globetrotters will perform in a number of different countries in 2013 including Germany, France and the United Kingdom.
Fans at the Frank Erwin Center will have the privilege of watching the Globetrotters perform their trademark trick passes and highlight-reel dunks against the team with the world’s longest losing streak, the Washington Generals. In addition, fans will be given the opportunity to directly impact the game, as the “You Write the Rules” Tour calls for people to visit the Harlem Globetrotters website in order to vote for new features that they wish to see in the game.
Potential rule changes that fans can suggest include having two balls on the court at once, doubling the point value of every basket and implementing a 35-foot four-point shot.
The Globetrotters also feature a trio of female players this season, giving them a total of 11 women in their history. One of them, Mighty Mitchell, will be making the trip to Austin to take on the Generals with the rest of the Globetrotters.
Throughout the tour, the Globetrotters will be using a pink basketball to increase breast cancer awareness. The use of this ball started Oct. 7, 2012, during their show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and it will be used for the duration of their 2013 tour. Pink wristbands will be sold at the Frank Erwin Center this week, and a portion of the proceeds will go to raising breast cancer awareness.
Austin has long been a destination for the Globetrotters, who will be visiting many of the country’s biggest cities during the tour. The Globetrotters have typically commanded large crowds in their past trips to Austin and current player “Cheese” Chisolm told KVUE News earlier in the week that they enjoy performing in front of the Austin faithful.
“We’re very excited to be here. We love playing in Austin,” Chisholm told KVUE. “We’ve been coming here for a while.”
The Globetrotters, who formed in 1926 and changed their hometown to Harlem in 1929, have been highly regarded across the globe for decades and they have had a number of impressive performers in their history. The most notable player to ever put on the Globetrotter uniform was Wilt Chamberlain, who would go on to become a Hall of Fame center in the NBA.
Although there will likely not be a player of Chamberlain’s caliber on this year’s squad, fans going to the see the Globetrotters Thursday or Friday night should get their money’s worth.
In what was easily their best performance of the year, the Longhorns dominated No. 23 North Carolina in a 85-67 victory Wednesday night at the Frank Erwin Center.
Texas led the entire way, taking a 6-0 lead in the first minute of the game and never looking back. The Tar Heels, who have now lost five of their last six games against the Longhorns, cut the deficit to as few as four points in the second half. But Texas pulled away down the stretch to pick up what could prove to be a crucial non-conference win.
"It was a great win and it was one that was much-needed," head coach Rick Barnes said. "I think they looked more decisive than we've been. The last game I started seeing some of that. I've told them all year that we can average a bunch of points if we quit turning the ball over."
Despite shooting just 4-for-17 from the floor, Sheldon McClellan led the Longhorns with 18 points. He also grabbed six rebounds and hit 10 of 13 free throw attempts.
"There was a lot of hype coming into the game just because of the rivalry of us playing North Carolina," McClellan said. "I was being aggressive. I knew they were going to pressure me a lot coming off screens, so I was just ready to come off the screen shooting."
Julien Lewis chipped in 16 points, scoring five points during an 8-2 run in the second half that turned a four-point lead into a 68-58 advantage. North Carolina was never within striking distance down the stretch. Jonathan Holmes chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds and Ioannis Papapetrou scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, recording his first career double-double.
"It's pretty big for us," Holmes said. "We had a couple tough losses, mainly because we weren't playing as hard as we should. Tonight we came out and played harder than them and did what Coach has expected us to do all year long. We definitely set the bar high."
The same Texas team that fell to NAIA Chaminade in the Maui Invitational and scored just 41 points in a loss to Georgetown earlier this month took a 46-33 lead over North Carolina into halftime. The Longhorns, who led by as many as 19 points, will face No. 20 Michigan State in East Lansing oon Saturday.
"We haven't faced that pressure all year," Barnes said. "You knew they were going to make a run. The only thing that we didn't do was respond the way we needed to coming out of halftime. You've got to give them credit. They did a great job of getting to the foul line and a lot of that was offensive rebounds."
Texas improved to 7-4 with the win, earning a victory that should impress the Selection Committee when it decides who will be in the 68-team NCAA Tournament in March. Despite taking 12 fewer free throws and getting out-rebounded, the Longhorns were able to use a stifling defense to top the Tar Heels.
Texas held North Carolina to 31.3 percent shooting from the floor and recorded 12 steals. Turnovers have plagued the Longhorns all season long, but they committed only 13 while North Carolina committed 18.
Julien Lewis scored a season-high 18 points as Texas topped UT-Arlington 70-54 Saturday afternoon at the Frank Erwin Center. Lewis caught fire from behind the three-point line, hitting a career-high six threes as well as recording a game-high four steals.
Texas would finish the game with three scorers in double-digits and shot 50 percent as a team from behind the three-point arc.
“There were more good things,” head coach Rick Barnes said. “We ran some fake screen action and got where we could drive the ball. Some of that was good. It’s just the mentality there when you have the lead that we don’t stay engaged.”
The Longhorns jumped to an early lead, fueled by eight first half three-pointers. Texas shot 52 percent from the field in the first half and entered the intermission with a 38-18 lead over the Mavericks. The Mavericks’ Jordan Reeves and Cameron Catlett led the team in scoring with four points apiece at the half.
Javan Felix tied a career-high with nine assists and turned the ball over twice as he split point guard duties with fellow freshmen Ioannis Papapetrou and Demarcus Holland. Papapetrou added a career-high 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field. Holland garnered his second consecutive start in favor of sophomore Sheldon McClellan, who came off the bench to score 14 points.
Texas led by 28 points with 12 minutes to play in the second half and the Mavericks struggled to keep up for much of the game. While the Mavericks did finish the game with more points in the paint, the Longhorns converted 19 UTA turnovers into 20 points and were buoyed by 43 points off the bench, thanks in large to McClellan and Papapetrou.
“Even the walk-ons would tell you that we didn’t play as hard the second half, and that is part of learning how to finish and having the discipline to play for 40 minutes,” Barnes said.
Defense continues to be the calling card for this Texas team as it held the Mavericks to less than 30 percent shooting from the field for the game.
Printed on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 as: Horns solid over Mavericks, Lewis leads with 18 points
A week after claiming the No. 19 spot in the country, the Longhorns will confront a new foe in their first game Tuesday night at the Frank Erwin Center.
The women’s basketball team will carry its undefeated record into its first matchup against Jackson State in school history. The team is 2-0 after a dominating performance in the WBI Tip Off Classic last weekend.
The Longhorns opened up their slate of games in Daytona Beach with a 70-60 win over a solid St. John’s team. Sophomore Nneka Enemkpali recorded her first-ever double-double in this contest, imposing her will with 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Enemkpali again led the dominating effort against Hofstra, finishing the game with 26 points and 10 rebounds to record her second straight double-double. Texas outrebounded Hofstra 62-31 in its 72-52 victory showing tenacity on the boards that will definitely cause trouble for Jackson State.
Enemkpali was named the MVP of the tournament after converting 18 of her 25 shots attempted last weekend. Junior Chassidy Fussell was named to the All-Tournament team in a weekend that also saw her make the Naismith Trophy early season watch list.
Texas carries a 34-4 record in its previous 38 home openers into this game, as momentum continues to build for a team on the rise.
It wasn’t easy. It wasn’t pretty. But Texas is 1-0.
Sheldon McClellan scored 18 of his game-high 20 points in the second half as the Longhorns squeaked past Fresno State, 55-53,in their season opener at the Frank Erwin Center Friday night. The Longhorns shot just 36.7 percent from the field and recorded only three assists but were able to avoid losing their first season opener since 2001.
Any sluggishness they displayed could be attributed to the fact that they have not had a day off in nearly a week.
“We’re a tired team right now and it’s my fault,” head coach Rick Barnes said. “We’ve had to remake ourselves a little bit with Myck [Kabongo]’s situation and Jaylen [Bond] going down ... This is our sixth straight day. In the last eight or nine years, we’ve never practiced more than three days in a row.”
Playing without Kabongo, the team’s star point guard, and sophomore forward Bond, Texas was left with only three available scholarship players that had played college basketball before. One of them, sophomore forward Jonathan Holmes, grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. Another, McCllelan was 14-for-14 from the free throw line, the most attempts from the charity stripe without a miss in school history. “My outside shot wasn’t falling and Coach [Barnes] called some plays for me to get around the rim,” McClellan said. “I just kept being in attack mode and kept my confidence up by getting to the free throw line.”
Kabongo was held out of the game as the NCAA continues to investigate whether he received impermissible benefits from an agent during the off-season, and Bond missed the opener with an ankle injury he suffered during practice earlier in the week.
Without them, Texas never led Fresno State by more than five points. Freshmen accounted for 19 of the 25 points scored by the Longhorns in the first half. Javan Felix, starting in place of Kabongo, led the way in the first 20 minutes with eight points and seven rebounds before halftime.
But he slowed down in the second half, shooting just 1-of-7 from the floor and committing three turnovers.
“I think we got tentative,” Barnes said. “We weren’t attacking the defense. We were just dribbling with no purpose. Javan got tired. Because of that, we didn’t get our offense going the way we wanted to get it going.”
The game was tied 11 times, the last being when the Longhorns and Bulldogs — coached by former Texas assistant Rodney Terry — were knotted up at 48 with 2:14 remaining in the second half. McClellan hit two pairs of free throws on the Longhorns’ next two possessions to give them a 52-48 lead.
After Fresno State hit two free throws to cut Texas’ advantage to two points, Felix badly missed a floater close to the basket, a shot he hit several times in the first half. The Bulldogs’ Kevin Olekaibe, with his team trailing, 52-50, airballed a three-pointer before McClellan hit two more free throws to put the game away.
“We’re not going to blow anyone out,” McClellan said. “They came out here and played hard. We just stayed together as a team and grinded it out at the end.”
Printed on Monday, November 12, 2012 as: Horns edge Bulldogs in season opener
Tuesday night brought smiles to the Longhorns’ faces at the Frank Erwin Center as the women’s basketball team dominated the University of the Incarnate Word.
The exhibition game had Texas written all over it as it took down the Cardinals 77-33 in the late night game. The Longhorns played two strong halves as they more than doubled the score of Incarnate Word.
Texas started out strong as it went on a 13-0 run. After the first half, it held its opponent to just 25 while scoring 41.
In the second half, the Texas defense again outshined the Cardinals as it held them to just eight points while the team was able to score 36 points in the last 20 minutes.
Junior guard Chassidy Fussell did a little bit of everything for the Longhorns in their first game of the season. The Tennessee native tallied 18 points while also recording five assists and seven rebounds.
Head coach Karen Aston was all business in her first game back with the Longhorns, rarely sitting down as her team controlled the game. Despite only shooting two three-pointers and turning the ball over 25 times, Aston was pleased with her team’s overall performance.
“I thought they shared the ball well,” Aston said. “If we don’t turn it over, I think we’ll see more assists. We shot the ball really well.”
While this was only an exhibition game, the Longhorns put a lot of energy into the game and pushed the tempo, a style Aston will look to use heavily in her first season here at Texas.
“I’m really big with starting games with high energy, and I was very pleased with how we started the game,” Aston said.
The Longhorns now get back to practice and look ahead to a tough game against St. John’s in the WBI Tip Off Classic. With one game under its belt, the team can go into its season with more confidence and awareness of how they need to play to avenge last season’s disappointing end.
Last night, English rock legends Radiohead graced Austin with their presence at the Frank Erwin Center, and the group seemed just has happy to see Austin as Austinites were to see them. Guitarist Jonny Greenwood wore a t-shirt emblazoned with the Texas Longhorns logo, and frontman Thom Yorke mentioned between songs that the band had paid a visit to Barton Springs (though it was closed) and professed their appreciation for our city's unofficial motto — then promptly dedicated “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” to Texas's capitol.
So perhaps it was this appreciation for Austin that, on top of playing their predictably dazzling set, Yorke seemed especially thrilled to be performing, gesturing playfully like a puppeteer for his enormous puppet audience to cheer on command, and, of course, showing off his trademark frenetic, emotive dance moves.
The puppet motif extended to the set itself; a dozen square screens dangled on cords above the band, projecting live closeups of each member, and elegantly pulled into different formations between each song, conjuring images of an enormous marionette-turned-set piece.
The majority of the set was comprised of songs from the group's more recent albums, King of Limbs and In Rainbows, sprinkled with classic songs like “National Anthem,” “There, There,” “Idiotique” and the explosive, operatic closer “Paranoid Android.”
The group treated the crowd to a few new songs as well, including the grooving, bass-driven “Skirting on the Surface” and the hypnotic “Identikit.”
Apart from the few glorious moments when the band pulled out those older, beloved tracks, the songs that were the most stunning in the massive venue were ones pulled from 2007's In Rainbows, which are a satisfying blend of the straight-up rock sound and the soaring, atmospheric melodies that make Radiohead so transcendent.
Among the In Rainbows highlights: the chill-inducing, piano-driven ballad “Nude,” “Reckoner,” which flaunted Yorke's incredible range, and the boisterous, guitar-driven “Bodysnatchers.
We can only hope that Radiohead's apparent affinity for Austin will continue to bring them back as often as possible.