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Daily Round Up: December 6, 2017

NCAA Basketball: Texas at VCU Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Shaka Smart made a glorious return to VCU.

It probably isn’t enough to call the emotions mixed during Smart’s first trip here with a visiting team, a blissfully raucous December affair that ended with a 71-67 Texas win. The emotions were swirled. They sloshed together. They piled on top of each other. Fans who cheered for Smart before the game also said they couldn’t remember wanting to beat an opposing team this badly.

Smart still loves Richmond.

"It's first time I've experienced the crowd here as a visiting coach," said Smart, who secured his 200th career win, the first 163 coming at VCU from 2009-15. "We always used to talk about, the coaching staff here, talk about how many wins a season this place is worth by itself. Man, going through that tonight when VCU was making their run, it's as good of an atmosphere as anywhere."

Mohamed Bamba is poetry in motion.

Texas has a raging QB battle once again.

The Longhorns hit the practice field again on Monday and the plan, according to Herman, is to continue to split the work between Buechele and Ehlinger. While the numbers prior to the Texas Tech game suggested that Ehlinger was the better option the Longhorns should go with to maximize their chances of winning, a lackluster offensive showing against the Red Raiders that included two late-game interceptions by Ehlinger appears to have taken Herman and Tim Beck back to the point of having to open up the quarterback competition.

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Big 12 coaches all agreed that Ohio State should have gotten in the playoffs over Alabama.