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Following an emotional double overtime win over TCU, the Longhorns will travel to Stillwater to take on Oklahoma State. Texas will again be without starting guard Kerwin Roach, who is nursing a fractured left hand. In Roach’s absence, fellow guard Eric Davis responded well against the Horned Frogs, connecting on 4 three pointers and finishing with 22 points. The Longhorns will attempt to get their conference record above .500 and steal a road win from an Oklahoma State team that finds itself towards the bottom of the Big 12 standings.

The Cowboys enter the contest with a 1-3 conference record, with the sole win coming over Iowa State. Most recently, Oklahoma State suffered a 86-82 loss to Kansas State on Wednesday. First year coach Mike Boynton took over for Brad Underwood, who left Stillwater after one season to take the head coaching position at Illinois. Boynton will rely heavily on Jeffrey Carroll for the Cowboys offense. The 6’6 senior is averaging 16.2 points per game to go along with 6.5 rebounds. Point guard Kendall Smith is a graduate transfer who is averaging 11.3 points and a team leading 3.6 assists per game. Sophomore guard Thomas Dziagwa is the leading 3 point shooter for the Cowboys at 40.5% and will be a weapon coming off the bench. As a team, the Cowboys put up a good amount of points (81.2 PPG) and shoot well from the free throw line (78.3%).

Prior to the TCU game, Texas head coach Shaka Smart emphasized the need for point guard Matt Coleman to play with joy and have an energy that his teammates can feed off of. The freshman responded by having his best game of the year, collecting 17 points and dishing out 12 assists. Fellow freshman Jericho Sims also had the best game of his young career, finishing with 14 points and 6 rebounds. The Longhorns will have to clean up some of the defensive problems that popped up against TCU, especially the ability to defend the 3. Oklahoma State will surely test the Longhorns perimeter defense. On offense, Texas will need to continue to get looks for Mo Bamba and Jericho Sims.

The game will tip off at 4 PM CST and will be televised on ESPNews. Follow along here at HornSports for live updates.

Jameson McCausland is originally from Frisco, Texas, where he grew up a Longhorn fan. His two favorite sports are football and baseball, both of which he covers for HornSports. He enjoys spending time with family and friends in his spare time. Jameson is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

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Texas picks up commitment from 2019 4-star SG

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.

Here are some highlights from Williams at the NBPA Top 100 Camp:

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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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NCAA Tournament Preview: Texas vs Nevada

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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.

Texas and Nevada is set to tip at 3:30 CST on TBS. The winner for face the winner of 2 seed Cincinnati against 15 seed Georgia State. Follow along at HornSports.com for live updates.

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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.

Texas makes their second appearance in the Big Dance under head coach Shaka Smart, who is still in search of his first win in the event.  The Longhorns were upset in the first round by Northern Iowa in 2016 on a half-Court buzzer-beater.

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