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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Texas men’s basketball hoping to pull off second Big 12 win tonight

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Plus Texas women’s basketball takes on rival Texas Tech

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 08 Oklahoma at Texas Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team (11-4) are on the road tonight as they seek their second consecutive Big 12 Conference win against the Oklahoma State Cowboys (9-6).

Meanwhile, Oklahoma State has yet to notch their first Big 12 win of the season.

But don’t assume this game is simply a warmup prior to the Longhorns taking on the Kansas Jayhawks this coming weekend. The Cowboys, despite their losing streak, are undeniably hungry.

WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS

247Sports: Eyes of Texas: Stan Drayton tells players where he’ll be in 2020

247Sports: What new LBs coach Coleman Hutzler brings to Texas

Dallas Morning News: NFL draft status update: Where Texas’ prospects like Collin Johnson, Brandon Jones are projected

Dallas Morning News: Now 0 for 6 in CFP national championship appearances, is there reason to think change is on the way for the Big 12?

Houston Chronicle: Tom Herman’s staff rebuild continues as Texas announces three new hires

Hook ‘Em Headlines: Texas Football: Early 2020 Title odds have Longhorns among favorites

Texas Monthly: How the Aggies, Longhorns, and Bears stacked up this season

Longhorns Wire: 2020 Heisman Trophy Odds: Texas QB Ehlinger No. 6

NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12

  • Tonight’s the night the Texas women’s basketball team (9-6) hope to bounce back. It’ll be an uphill battle as they take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-2). Granted, both teams currently sit at 1-2 in Big 12 play, after the Longhorns dropped a close game to the West Virginia Mountaineers and Texas Tech fell to the Kansas State Wildcats over the weekend. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. Central at the Frank Erwin Center. During her media availability earlier this week, when asked what she’s seen from Texas Tech so far this season, head coach Karen Aston replied, “I’ve seen a lot of points on the board. They scored a lot in non-conference play and have continued to score quite a few points in conference play. Lexi [Tucker] and Brittany [Brewer] are most definitely playing extremely well, but I think that’s also a product of how good their guards played in non-conference play – how they shot the basketball and continue to shoot it from the three, how aggressive they are and how fast they play. Maybe some teams are picking their poison, so to say, and leaving some shots in the paint. Brittany’s one of the most improved players throughout her career in our league. I’ve known Lexi for a long time and I think that they’re just growing as a basketball team and program. They were really, really competitive last year and, as I’ve said many times to our team, there are teams in our league right now that are disappointed they didn’t get to the tournament last year. They’re scratching and flawing, and we have to try to join the race with that.”
  • The No. 2 Texas men’s tennis team’s campaign to defend their national championship against the No. 1 Florida Gators starts today in Gainesville, as their dual match season is set to kick off. This season, as head coach Bruce Berque settles into his role after inking a five-year deal over the summer, the team is dealing with a surplus of young, albeit inexperienced, talent, as just two of the team’s 10 players are currently upperclassmen.
  • Texas baseball hasn’t retired a players’ number since 2010 – until yesterday. Former Longhorn and College World Series MVP Huston Street became just the seventh former Longhorn baseball player to have his number retired (No. 25) on Tuesday, following the likes of Keith Moreland, Burt Hooten and Roger Clemens, among other legends. During Street’s time with the Longhorns from 2002 to 2004, he was a three-time All-American and earned the MVP honor during the 2002 CWS prior to becoming a first round draft in 2004. According to Hookem.com, his 41 career saves as a Longhorn remains a record at Texas.

Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard was a thorn in the side of the Longhorns in 2019. According to our SBNation neighbors at Cowboys Ride for Free, he also has a chance of climbing his way up the all-time rushing list. From Cowboys Ride for Free: “Forget the top-10. With 944 yards needed to pass Barry Sanders, Hubbard has a real shot to move into the top-5. Take that a few steps further; if Hubbard replicates his 2,094-yard 2019 season, he would have enough to pass Terry Miller for second. I’m not sure Hubbard will hit the 2,168 yards necessary to pass Thurman Thomas for the all-time mark, in part because Hubbard won’t get the same workload as last season. But then again, who would have guessed he would be a 2,000-yard rusher ahead of the 2019 season? Not me. As if watching Hubbard run in America’s Brightest Orange for another season isn’t fun enough, watching his name climb in OSU’s record books is only going to make it that much better.”