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Texas Longhorns' 1989-90 basketball team will be honored during the App State game

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The Tom Penders team that made Elite Eight appearance will be recognized at halftime.

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One of the Texas Longhorns' best basketball squads will be honored Tuesday night as the current 'Horns take on Appalachian State.

The 1989-90 team, led by coach Tom Penders, made it all the way to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament before losing to Arkansas 88-85. Its final record was 24-9, and 12-4 in the Southwest Conference. Check out the above video for highlights of the tournament run.

Travis Mays was the team's standout in the Big Dance, scoring 44 points in the first-round victory over Georgia and blocking a last-second shot to seal a 73-72 win over Purdue in the round of 32.

Here's a great description of the block from the 1990-91 Texas Basketball media guide:

Boilermaker guard Tony Jones took the inbound pass and dribbled the length of the floor, cutting through the Texas defense like a John Deere tractor through a field of Indiana hay.

Jones knifed past midcourt, then swept by the free throw stripe with nothing between him and the basket -- and a Purdue visit to the Sweet 16. As he lofted the ball skyward, a burnt orange blur emerged from somewhere amidst the 37,842 folks and the spacious accommodations of the Hoosier Dome. It was Myers. And with a soft flick of his wrist, the Texas center deflected Jones' shot harmlessly off the glass. The Runnin' Horns were in the round of 16.

It was at that moment that basketball at Texas became more than just something to fill the time between the end of the fall football season and the beginning of spring football practice.

It was the first time Texas had seen back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and the first Elite Eight berth since 1947.