The losing streak is over for Texas Longhorns men’s basketball – for now.
The Longhorns bested the TCU Horned Frogs last night in Fort Worth, a welcome end result after head coach Shaka Smart’s squad dropped the previous three games in dim fashion.
“This is a game, obviously, that could’ve gone either way. And for [our team] to grab ahold of it, what it does for them, it affirms a lot of the stuff we’ve been talking about and working on,” Smart said of how his squad’s performance during the postgame press conference. “If you play the exact same way but you lose by one, you won’t have that same affirmation.”
Indeed. We’d also imagine Smart’s seat must suddenly feel a little less hot – for now.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Hook ‘Em: The Dotted Line: Three questions facing Texas heading into national signing day next week
Sports Illustrated: Texas Football: How the Longhorns got out of quarterback purgatory
Dallas Morning News: Longhorns put on a shooting clinic against TCU to end their three-game losing streak
Dallas Morning News: Texas’ linebacker depth takes another hit after Juwan Mitchell enters NCAA transfer portal
247Sports: Eyes of Texas: Whittington to make a position move?
247Sports: The Flagship: How Adeoye’s injury impacts Texas
Hook ‘Em Headlines: Texas Football: 3 biggest 2020 targets before National Signing Day
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- Winter workouts are in full swing for the Longhorns. See for yourself:
- Checking in on former Longhorns Jaxson Hayes’ fearless rookie season with the New Orleans Pelicans. Check complete – he’s still an unreal athlete, at least judging by this clip.
- The No. 1 Baylor Bears men’s basketball team continued their dominant streak against the Iowa State Cyclones last night. From our Our Daily Bears: “Freddie Gillespie registered another masterful game. He finished with 12 points on 5-6 shooting, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 bloody face, and a suplex move to force a jump ball. He completely eliminated ISU’s inside scoring and stymied Tyrese Haliburton (17 pt, 8 rebs, 4-11 FG, 5 TO) on several switches. Gillespie is quickly transitioning from unsung linchpin to a standout big. His front court teammate Mark Vital (8 pts, 10 reb, 7 asts) finished the game with a game best +15 plus/minus rating, earned by his timely offensive boards (he had 5) and beautiful drop-off passes to Gillespie in 4-on-3 situations. The second half was a back-and-forth affair for the first 10 minutes of play. Following that technical foul on Prohm, Baylor used the screen game to open up driving lanes for easy layups and dishes to cutters. Iowa State’s bigs had too much to pay attention to, with Gillespie lurking in the dunker spot, Vital rolling toward the basket, and a rotating cast of Jared Butler (8 pts, 0-5 3pt), MaCio Teague (15 points, 4 reb), Davion Mitchell (10 pts, 5 reb, 4 stl, 1 blk), and Devonte Bandoo (12 pt, 3 reb). Baylor simply had too many ways of attack for Iowa State to hold up.”
- Texas football alum Derrick Johnson has been inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, Sports Illustrated reports. From SI: “Johnson was a two-time consensus All American and won both the Nagurski and Butkus Awards during his time at Texas. He also finished as a finalist for the Bednarik, Lombardi and Lott Trophies and was 12th in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2004. He helped lead Texas to a thrilling win in the Rose Bowl over Michigan his senior year, a victory that helped set up the Longhorns 2005 National Championship run. He was the last Texas linebacker to be named a consensus All American.”