In the span of less than a week, the Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team will have taken on two ranked opponents, both of whom are also fellow members of the Big 12 Conference.
Over the weekend, despite junior center Jericho Sims’ career-high 20 points, the Longhorns fell to the No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks in the final minutes at the Frank Erwin Center; the final score was a close 66-57. Now, the team is currently on their way to Morgantown to take on the No. 12 West Virginia Mountaineers and their No. 3 nationally ranked defense.
Expect the Mountaineers to play with a chip on their shoulder after dropping a game to the Kansas State Wildcats over the weekend. But let their loss to Kansas State also give you hope, because the Wildcats dropped a game to the Longhorns earlier this month.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Hookem.com: Bohls: Texas falls to Kansas; yes, it’s another sequel
Hookem.com: Golden: Hey, Horns, Jericho Sims wants the ball (even if he isn’t saying it)
Dallas Morning News: Texas is back in a familiar place in Shaka Smart’s fifth season
Dallas Morning News: Meet the Longhorns’ 2020 early enrollees who have arrived to campus
247Sports: The Stampede: 2020 updates, elite day wrap up
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- The No. 2 Texas men’s tennis team is off to another hot start this season, as they improved to 2-0 after they clinched a 6-1 win against the SMU Mustangs in Dallas over the weekend. Although they dropped the double match, Texas went on to sweep the singles matches.
- The Kansas State Wildcats women’s basketball team may have outplayed the Texas squad on turnovers and scoring in the paint, but they couldn’t pull off a win, as the Longhorns cruised to a 71-63 victory on Sunday afternoon. Overall, Texas finished shooting 38.7 percent from the field, and maintained a 40.7 percent success rate shooting three-pointers.
- Texas men’s golf alum Scottie Scheffler is currently tied for first at The American Express with Andrew Landry. From the PGA Tour: “At 21 under par, Scheffler and Landry are four shots ahead of Rickie Fowler, who sits alone in third place. Only two more players – Ryan Moore and Chase Seiffert – sit within five strokes. The co-leaders can’t take their eye off those pursuers, though. The Stadium Course was the 10th-easiest course on TOUR last season but also allowed a double-bogey or worse on 2.2% of the holes played. That was the 15th-highest rate on TOUR last season.”
- Texas running back Jordan Whittington, who will enter next season as a sophomore, was ranked among ESPN’s top-25 breakout players to watch in 2020. From ESPN: “He was originally supposed to shine in 2019, but a sports hernia injury robbed him of most of his freshman season ... but if Whittington is healthy, look out. Ranked as the No. 2 athlete and 40th overall player in the 2019 ESPN 300, Whittington has loads of ability and will likely be used as a running back and a receiver, a needed weapon after the graduation of two key playmakers, Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay.”
.@espn released their college breakout player to watch for in 2020 for each team in its way to early top 25. @TexasFootball: Jordan Whittington | @J_Whitt3 #ThisIsTexas #HookEm pic.twitter.com/ZlC0WwFxL1— Paul B. Livengood II (@IamLivengood) January 19, 2020
- After a quiet showing from 2020 five-star Texas signee Bijan Robinson in the All-American Bowl, the top prospect running back came thundering back with highlight reel-worthy play in the 2020 Polynesian Bowl in Honolulu over the weekend. Check the tape for yourself: