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Texas basketball suffered some ‘bumps and bruises’ in the preseason

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Fortunately, only one player is not yet cleared ahead of the season opener.

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With the fifth season of head coach Shaka Smart’s tenure with the Texas Longhorns set to get underway on Tuesday against the Northern Colorado Bears on Tuesday evening at the Erwin Center, Smart met with the media on Monday morning.

Typically, basketball press conferences don’t have much in the way of injury updates, but this year there is some news to pass along.

Sophomore forward Gerald Liddell was not participating during the portion of practice open to the media last Wednesday due to a concussion that he suffered when he took a knee to the head. Ahead of Tuesday’s season opener, Liddell still isn’t cleared to participate, but Smart expects him back soon. Liddell started in both of the preseason scrimmages and Smart called him the team’s most improved player.

Sophomore guard Courtney Ramey missed both of the preseason scrimmages and did not participate in the open portion of last Wednesday’s practice due to a minor wrist injury, but he’s cleared and has been participating in practice.

Junior guard Matt Coleman also sat out during the open portion of practice last week due to a minor right leg injury, but that injury was not serious and he is cleared, too.

So even if the Horns aren’t at full strength on Tuesday against the Bears, Smart’s team will be soon.