It’s rivalry day.
The Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team (10-3) take on the Oklahoma Sooners (10-3) at 8 p.m. tonight at the Frank Erwin Center. To put it lightly, Texas has struggled in recent weeks, most recently dropping their first Big 12 Conference match against the No. 6 Baylor Bears. As we at Burnt Orange Nation have harped on plenty by now, they also dropped a game to the lowly Providence Friars late last month – for the second consecutive year.
It hasn’t been a terrible season so far. But it hasn’t been very good, either.
The Sooners are coming off an early conference win over the Kansas State Wildcats.
GAME DAY !!! Protect OUR house.— Texas Men's Basketball (@TexasMBB) January 8, 2020
⏰ 8 pm CT
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Longhorns Wire: Could Matt Rhule’s departure sway four-star recruit to Texas?
KVUE: Texas Longhorns in search of offensive identity ahead of rivalry game with Oklahoma Sooners
Hookem.com: Bohls: Roschon Johnson should stay at running back; Texas should keep assistant Craig Naivar
247Sports: Eyes of Texas: Latest on position coach searches
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- As of Tuesday evening, linebacker Brennon Scott of Bishop Dunne Catholic School in Dallas is back on the market. Scott announced yesterday that he has de-committed from the Kansas Jayhawks. That means Texas, which has offered Scott, is still in the running. “First off I want to thank Coach Les Miles and staff for offering me a scholarship,” Scott wrote on social media. “I have shared many laughs and wisdom that I will take into my future, but due to changes in the KU [football] program, [I’ve] decided it’s better off if [I] decommit from the University of Kansas and explore the best possible opportunity for myself, no love lost.”
- Zachary Evans, one of the highest-ranked prospects coming out of the 2020 recruiting class, is back on the market after he was released from his National Letter of Intent with the Georgia Bulldogs. Though Evans isn’t eligible to sign with another team during this year’s recruiting cycle, he’s still able to verbally commit to another program, 247Sports reports. The LSU Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies are reportedly Evans’ current frontrunners.
- Senior safety Brandon Jones was one of three Longhorns invited to compete in this year’s annual Senior Bowl. However, it seems as though Jones was forced to pull out due to injury. He also sat out the Valero Alamo Bowl late last month.
Texas S Brandon Jones also no longer listed.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 7, 2020
Usually means a player has had to pull out due to injury.
- Texas football alum Cory Redding, who played for the Longhorns from 1999 to 2002, will get the credit he deserves this year, as he’ll be enshrined in the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame. During his Texas tenure, Redding was named to the All-American team twice and was first-team All-Big 12 twice as well, accounting for 57 tackles and 22 sacks in his career. During Texas’ 35-20 win over LSU at the 2003 Cotton Bowl, he tallied eight tackles and a sack.