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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Texas men’s basketball faces crucial weekend game versus Texas Tech

Plus Texas softball is off to hot start at Texas Classic

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The Texas Longhorns are running out of opportunities to make their claim to the NCAA Tournament. We’re talking about head coach Shaka Smart’s men’s team, of course, who are coming off a mildly sadistic three-game stretch against some of the Big 12’s best squads.

So perhaps it goes without saying that this weekend’s game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders carries weight and, arguably, will define Smart’s legacy so far with the Longhorns.

Both the Longhorns and Red Raiders are 14-8, though Texas Tech maintains a one-game lead in conference play over Texas. Tipoff is at 3 p.m. Central on Saturday at home in the Frank Erwin Center. You can tune in on ESPN2 or via the streamable Watch ESPN app.

WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS

247Sports: Eyes of Texas: Latest on Joshua Moore

247Sports: Family and football: How Alfred Collins came to his decision

247Sports: Card, Jackson make up ‘pretty special’ QB class for Longhorns

247Sports: 2020 Behind the Scenes: How things unfolded for Texas, Part I

247Sports: 2020 Behind the Scenes: How things unfolded for Texas, Part II

Sports Illustrated: Sleeper hits in the 2020 recruiting class

Sports Illustrated: Longhorns double down on in-state recruiting with 2020 class

USA Today: Longhorns Roundtable: Which player will be the best of 2020 class

NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12

  • Texas softball put on a clinic against the Maryland Terrapins at the Thursday night Texas Classic Softball Tournament. The final score: 17-0, with 11 of the runs coming in the bottom of the fourth as the Longhorns put away the Terrapins in just five innings. Much of this was thanks to pitcher Shea O’Leary, who pitched a one-hit shutout, walking one and striking out five. The Longhorns will take on the Lamar Cardinals today at 2 p.m. Central.
  • Texas women’s basketball (14-7) is traveling to Lubbock this weekend to take on Texas Tech (14-6). The Longhorns currently sit at No. 3 in the Big 12, with a 6-3 records, while the Red Raiders are hovering around the conference’s bottom-dwellers, with a 3-6 record. Tipoff is at 1 p.m. Central on Sunday.
  • More women’s basketball news: Former Longhorn legend and 2019 WNBA Champion Ariel Atkins joined the U.S. Women’s National Team this week in Serbia, where she debuted.
  • Texas men’s golf ended yesterday tied for the top spot at the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawaii, where they shot 274, 14 under par, tying with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Longhorns’ lineup for round two later today was released earlier this morning.
  • Reminder that the XFL starts this weekend. Texas exes like former quarterback turned receiver Jerrod Heard will make their case for a continued football career, as well the likes of former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Landry Jones and others. Just a reminder, OK!