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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Big 12 brawl is far and away today’s most exciting basketball news

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Plus Texas loses out on four-star recruit Isaiah Dunson

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Finally, something exciting happened during basketball season.

It wasn’t a grand upset of a ranked opponent on the part of the Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team, who are still licking their wounds after being run hard and put up wet by the West Virginia Mountaineers earlier this week. But it did involve the Big 12 Conference.

Last night, as the final seconds ticked away in favor of the Kansas Jayhawks over the Kansas State Wildcats – predictably, Kansas won by 21 points – the players broke out into a brawl.

Here’s another shot of the brawl – for good luck:

Now, we’re not saying it’s OK or cool to fight on the basketball court.

It is, however, more exciting than starting today’s news with Texas head coach Shaka Smart’s floundering squad, or of whether he’s currently sitting on the coaching hot seat.

For a hotter take on the Big 12 brawl, check out our SBNation neighbors Bring On the Cats.

WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS

Houston Chronicle: Shaka Smart’s time at UT might be running short

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: ‘How’s your job security looking, Shaka?’ Reaction to Texas Longhorns’ ugly blowout loss

Yahoo Sports: Shaka Smart lost his way by abandoning what made him successful

247Sports: The Flagship: Latest on DL search, inside look at Jay Boulware

247Sports: Final thoughts from the 2020 Polynesian Bowl

Dallas Morning News: Meet the new members of the Texas Longhorns 2020 football coaching staff

Hook ‘Em Headlines: Texas Football: The worst day of 2020 so far in NCAA Transfer Portal

Longhorns Wire: Former Longhorns WR is the driving force for the 49ers Super Bowl journey

NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12

  • Texas women’s basketball (11-6) will take on Kansas (12-4) tonight at the Frank Erwin Center.
  • Despite the avid efforts among Texas football recruiters, four-star cornerback Isaiah Dunson won’t land in Austin after all. Instead, Dunson, the No. 32 cornerback and No. 22 prospect in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports, is opting to play for the Miami Hurricanes. As Burnt Orange Nation noted in December, Dunson was previously committed to Florida State, but backed off his pledge in early November. Prior to his commitment, Dunson held 14 offers, including offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State, Nebraska, and North Carolina.
  • Pro Football Focus ranked Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger as the No. 14 overall player at his position in 2019. From PFF: “Yes, Texas didn’t win as many games as they certainly hoped they would in 2019 and yes, Ehlinger did suffer a bit of bad luck with some ugly interceptions this season. No, Texas is not ‘back’ but Ehlinger is in 2020 and despite that bad interception luck, Longhorns fans should rejoice. He set career-high figures in yards at 3,657, completion percentage at 64.9% while tossing 32 touchdowns to top his previous season-best by seven. Proving to be invaluable to his team’s success, Ehlinger was the country’s fourth highest-graded quarterback when pressure was registered, completing 53.2% of his attempts for 693 yards and converting a first down on 38 other dropbacks. While he was essentially to blame for the loss at TCU, the rest of the team’s success can squarely be placed on Ehlinger’s shoulders and his big-play moments certainly did outweigh his bad. He finished third in the country (tied with former teammate Shane Buechele) with 33 big-time throws compared to just 14 turnover-worthy plays in 2019.”
  • The No. 1 Baylor Bears men’s basketball team were able to just barely hold off the Oklahoma Sooners at home in Waco last night. From our SBNation neighbors Our Daily Bears: “The Baylor Bears held on to beat the Oklahoma Sooners 61-57 in Waco. Baylor is now on a 15 game win streak and its first 6 game win streak in Big XII play. Three Bears scored in double-digits, but none were more important than Freddie Gillespie’s, who also finished with 15 rebounds and a block. Davion Mitchell and MaCio Teague scored 13 and 16 points respectively, with all 13 of Mitchell’s points coming in the first half.”