It’ll be interesting to see how head coach Shaka Smart’s program responds after dropping a game in its final seconds to the Texas Tech Red Raiders over the weekend, helping the Red Raiders separate themselves from the middling pack currently in the Big 12 Conference.
“We clearly didn’t make as may plays as we needed to today,” Smart said after the game.
They’ll need to make even more if they’re to hang with the Bears tonight.
Tipoff is at 8 p.m. Central at the Frank Erwin Center. Watch it on ESPN or their app.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Bohls: Texas smarting from another loss, this one to the coveted Beard
Austin American-Statesman: Golden: Texas’ Jericho Sims has to get out of his own head with No. 1 Baylor in town
Sports Illustrated: Loss to Tech puts tournament hopes on the ropes
Sports Illustrated: Three things to know about new Texas defensive line coach Mark Hagen
Sports Illustrated: Can UT finally turn signing day success into on-field results?
247Sports: The Stampede: An early look at the 2021 board
USA Today: Texas basketball: Three reasons they fell to Texas Tech
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- No. 6 Texas softball (6-0) stayed hot over the weekend with an 18-2 run-ruled win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The team, which has run-ruled all six of its opponents so far this season, had never run-ruled more than four consecutive opponents prior to this year.
WEEKEND OF DOMINANCE! Check these notes:— Texas Softball (@TexasSoftball) February 9, 2020
Most runs over the first six games in Texas history - 7⃣8⃣
First time with 6⃣ straight run-rule wins in Texas history
Hit .4⃣8⃣6⃣ as a team with 29 extra-base hits#OneTeamOneTexas pic.twitter.com/28kKFB3FSP
- Former Texas women’s golf coach Pat Weis – the program’s first-ever when she started the program a half-century ago, in 1969 – passed away on Sunday. She was 89 years old.
- Even for all the times the two have faced off against each other as head coaches on the gridiron, there’s apparently no love lost between former Texas coach Mack Brown and former Oklahoma Sooners head coach Bob Stoops, who’s coaching the XFL’s Dallas Renegades. Prior to Dallas’ kickoff yesterday, Brown, among others, had this to say:
Yesterday, we surprised @CoachBobStoops with a little video from some of the biggest names from his legendary career wishing him luck, including Lincoln Riley, Mack Brown, Mike Leach, Kevin Sumlin, Adrian Peterson, and more! #ForTheLoveOfFootball @xfl2020 pic.twitter.com/J7ooyEajPV— Dallas Renegades (@XFLRenegades) February 9, 2020
- In an essay published in the Players’ Tribune, legendary former Texas quarterback Vince Young wrote a letter detailing his youth, parts of his paying career, and more. Read below.
https://t.co/rGic0MrQW7 I just want to help at least one kid Thank you Lord for blessing me to bless others..— Vince Young (@VinceYoung10) February 5, 2020
- Although they didn’t necessarily shine in their own right, four former Longhorns made their debut in the XFL over the weekend. Los Angeles Wildcats defensive end Cedric Reed recorded one tackle. Wildcats offense lineman Patrick Vahe recorded one reception on a tipped pass, good for five yards. Kent Perkins got the nod at left guard for the St. Louis Battlehawks. Dallas Renegades receiver Jerrod Heard also returned a lone punt for 16 yards.