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Heavy Hearted ‘Horns Upset TCU in 2OT Thriller, 99-98

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It was an emotional night at the Frank Erwin Center, as the Longhorns were a day removed from hearing the tragic news that sophomore G Andrew Jones was diagnosed with leukemia. He did not travel in the road loss to the Bears last Saturday.

So, with that in mind, Texas was set to host #16 TCU. And the Longhorns did not disappoint in honor of their teammate.

Texas came out hot to start the game, eventually leading by as much as 13 at 18-5, but the Horned Frogs stormed back after they called a timeout, going on a 9-0 run which made the score 18-15 in favor of the ‘Horns.

Both teams would trade blows, but it was Texas that began to pull ahead, as the halftime score was 43-33. The Longhorns shot 63% from the field and 83% from the line in the first half, so even with heavy hearts this Texas squad came to compete.

But the second half was all about the Horned Frogs, as TCU came roaring back thanks to, in large part, Guard Jaylen Fisher. But the Horned Frogs weren’t going away, as regulation wouldn’t be enough. The score was tied at 77 as the clock struck zero.

Neither teams wanted to give up so easily, so a second overtime was needed.  And this would prove to be the last overtime, but not without struggle or strife. Dylan Osetkowski, who struggled to put points on the board, was fouled and shot the go-ahead free throws to retake the lead at 99-98. TCU would have 7 seconds to score to potentially win, but they would not be successful as the Longhorns escaped with a 2OT victory over TCU, their 1st win against a ranked opponent this season.

Dylan Osetkowski struggled to score points most of the game, but eventually returned to his graceful ways. Osetkowski finished with 20 pts/6 reb/2 ast/1 stl.

It was the freshmen that shined in this performance; Matt Coleman finished with 17 pts/12 ast?/3 stls, a team high. Matt looked to be having fun as he dominated the court during the first half.

Mo Bamba had himself a game as well before fouling out, finishing with 10 pts/9 reb/5 blk. Jericho Sims also played great, finishing with 14 points (a career high), 6 reb, and a block.

Last but certainly not least of the freshmen, Jase Febres played well off the bench. Febres tallied 8 pts/3 reb and a block.

Sophomores Eric Davis Jr. and Jacob Young both played great as well, as Davis ended with 22 points and 3 rebounds. Young ended with 8 points and an assist and steal each.

It was a very hard fought battle for both teams, as Texas escaped the Drum with a win. They won this game for Andrew Jones but since he is no longer with the team the Horns must shift to the impossible task of filling the hole that Jones left. Texas next will travel to Stillwater to play the Oklahoma State Cowboys on Saturday.

I would like to wish the best of luck to Andrew Jones, who has the toughest battle ahead. But if his play taught us anything, it’s that his tenacity against leukemia will be just as aggressive as it was on the court. Jones is a strong player, and his demeanor, personality, and of course ability as an athlete will all be sorely missed. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Oklahoma State plays Texas at 4 P.M. on ESPN Saturday.

Ross Labenske is a student at the University of Texas studying journalism with a focus in sports. He graduated from Allen High School and has a passion for his hometown teams in the Dallas area; the Mavericks, Rangers, and first and foremost, the Dallas Cowboys.

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The Longhorns secured their first commitment of the 2019 class from SG Donovan Williams earlier today

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Shaka Smart picked up his first commitment in the 2019 class Wednesday morning, when Fort Bend Elkins SG Donovan Williams verbally pledged to the Longhorns. The 6’5, 180 pound guard took his official visit to Austin this past weekend, and it didn’t take long for him to pull the trigger. Williams chose Texas over Arizona State, Texas A&M, Miami and Georgia.

Williams is currently ranked as the 111th overall player in the 2019 class, according to the 247sports composite rankings.

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Jacob Young announces transfer from Texas Basketball program

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University of Texas head coach Shaka Smart lost another player on Thursday, just two days after true freshman Mohamed Bamba announced his decision to leave school early and declare himself eligible for the upcoming NBA Draft.  Sophmore guard Jacob Young, who averaged 16.2 minutes and 6.2 points per game for the Longhorns this season, announced via twitter that he would seek a transfer.

“I appreciate all of the effort that Jacob has given to our University over the past two seasons,” said head coach Shaka Smart in a statement.

Young was a 4-star recruit out of Yates High School in Houston and was ranked as the 23rd best point guard in the country.

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After a one year absence, 10 seed Texas is set to return to the NCAA tournament on Friday against 7 seed Nevada. This will be the Longhorn’s second tournament appearance under third year head coach Shaka Smart, with the first appearance in 2016 ending with a 1st round exit to Northern Iowa on a half-court shot at the buzzer. Nevada returns to the tournament for the second consecutive season, bowing out in the first round last year to Iowa State, 84-73.

On the court, the Wolf Pack are led by the Caleb and Cody Martin. The twins have combined to average 32.7 PPG and 11.6 RPG. Cody is also the team leader in assists at 4.2 per game. There is not much to dislike about Nevada offensively. They shoot well from the field (46.8%), shoot well from 3 (39.8%) and rarely turn the ball over (9.9 turnovers per game). Despite the positives on the offensive end, the Wolf Pack will have several factors working against them heading into the first round match-up. Starting point guard Lindsey Drew has been sidelined for a month with an achilles injury, and his absence has left Nevada short handed. The Wolf Pack will likely only play 7 players against the Longhorns, and Nevada also loves to foul. The inside presence of Jericho Sims and Mo Bamba could cause trouble if Wolf Pack players start finding themselves in foul trouble.

The Longhorns are coming off a 73-69 loss to Texas Tech in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament. Bamba returned to action against the Red Raiders after missing the previous 2 games with a toe injury. The star freshman claims to be 100% healthy heading into the NCAA tournament, and it would be a welcome site for Shaka Smart and company to have their star player back on the floor at full health.

With Eric Davis still out due to an ongoing NCAA investigation, Smart will continue to lean on rising guard Jacob Young, who has elevated his play the past few games. Young poured in a career high 29 points against Texas Tech, and played 32 minutes. The Houston native has given the Longhorns a much needed shooting boast from beyond the arc.

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March Madness: Longhorns set to face Nevada in opening round of NCAA Tournament

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The Texas Longhorns earned an invitation to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday evening, their 34th appearance, and will face the Nevada Wolfpack in Nashville, Tennessee (South Region) on Friday.

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The Longhorns appear as a 10 seed and the Wolfpack, which play in the Mountain West Conference, are the 7-seed in the region.  Nevada finished the season at 27-7  (15-3 in the Mountain West).

Nevada is coached by Eric Musselman, who assumed the head coaching position in 2015.

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