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Recap: Oklahoma State sinks Texas 65-64

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It’s been an emotional week for Longhorn Nation, but the grind does not stop. Not since Big 12 conference play started.

It was a turbulent day for the Big 12 in basketball, and this game was no different. The Oklahoma State Cowboys [11 – 5 (2 – 2 Big 12)] hosted the Texas Longhorns [11 – 5 (1 – 3 Big 12)] in Stillwater and both teams desperately needed to leave with a win if they wish to compete in the Big 12 and make the big dance later this season.

The first half was the Eric Davis Jr. show, finishing with 15 points in the first half and outscoring all 5 Texas starters. The Longhorns eventually started to pull ahead going into halftime, leading the Cowboys 32 – 25.

The second half was a tug-of-war, as the Longhorns tried to pull away ,but the scrappy Cowboys wouldn’t have it. The game stayed within 15 through its entirety, but Oklahoma State would eventually take the lead by 1 with 3:12 left in the game. This was going to be another nail-biter.

DylanOsetkowski would make a nice lay-up and Texas would once again take the lead, the 9th lead change of the night, but would miss the ensuing free throws. The score was 64 – 63 Texas with 1:50 left in the game.

The game would not end in the Longhorns’ favor, as a lay-up by Oklahoma State player Jeffrey Carroll was missed and a second effort by OSU F Yankuba Sima went in.  The Cowboys had the lead for good as there was only .06 seconds left.

Matt Coleman rushed the ball out, thanks to the Horns having no timeouts, but by the time he scurried to the OSU arc he fumbled with the ball. Fortunately for him Jericho Sims threw up a last-ditch effort but it did not go in as the Cowboys escaped Stillwater with a victory, 65 – 64.

Mo Bamba was second on the team in scoring, with 11 pts/10 reb/1 stl/2 blk, but continued to struggle with fouling trouble, ending the game with 4 personal fouls.

Dylan Osetkowski had another fine game, finishing with 12 pts/9 reb/1 stl and shot 2/6 from behind the arc as the three-point shot continues to evade the Horns.

Texas [11 – 6 (2 – 3 Big 12)] fought hard all game but the 15-2 run the Cowboys went on to close out the game is what sank the Longorns. Once Oklahoma State [12 – 5 (2 – 3 Big 12)] found their rhythm, Texas needed to keep up the scoring as well but they lost steam and as a result lost the game.

The Longhorns will have plenty of time to rest until their next game, which they will need if they hope to beat in-state rival #8 Texas Tech at the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday night.

Texas hosts #8 Texas Tech on Wednesday at 7 P.M., airing on LHN.

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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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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