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Mavericks down Longhorns 72-61

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The first home loss of the season was an ugly one.

UT-Arlington came into the Frank Erwin Center with a record of 0-11 against the flagship school, but they left no doubt in the minds of Longhorn fans which school is better on the hardwood. The Mavericks dominated Texas to the tune of 72-61.

Against the Mavericks the Longhorns shot 39% from the field, 3-23 from three.

It was a struggle from tip-off as the Longhorns’ offense was lackadaisical and the defense let the Mavericks move the ball at-will. The only thing that allowed Texas to lead for most the first half was the fact that at one point the Mavericks were 0-12 from three-point range.

However, after Kevin Hervey tied the game up at 27 and then put the Mavs up 30-27 with a three, there was no looking back. UTA settled in and went 7-14 from three and over 60% from the field for the rest of the night unchallenged by the Longhorn defense.

UT-Arlington ended the contest shooting 46.6% and four UTA players finished with double digit points. It was the combination of Kevin Hervey and Drew Charles that gave the Longhorns problems. Hervey led the team with 10 rebounds and 18 points and Drew Charles shot 4-6 from three point land.

The lack of strength down-low was apparent as the Longhorns were out-rebounded in both phases of the game – 21 to 27 defensive rebounds and 35-41 offensive rebounds. The lack of a point guard was even more apparent as Texas committed 16 turnovers.

The only shining spots all night came from Tevin Mack and Jarrett Allen. Jarrett Allen collected a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds and Tevin Mack scored the team high 19 going 8-14 from the floor.

As for the team’s response, they believe this rocky start will soon pass and they get more comfortable.

After the game, Shaka Smart stated, “We’re a young team. It’s not all going to be great in one day… We knew going into the season there was going to need to be a great deal of growth throughout the season.”

It seems the Texas players are buying into this message of growth. Team leader Kerwin Roach explained some of the confusion on the court by saying, “I wouldn’t say it’s a hangover. We’re just figuring some things out… It’s early in the season.”

On the other end UTA coach Scott Cross smiled as he said, “This will definitely go down as one of the biggest wins in our basketball program.” Kevin Hervey told the media, “It’s gonna be a pretty big party. We’re going to celebrate.”

Now the Longhorns are on a three-game losing skid and have Alabama and Michigan upcoming. Shaka Smart needs to find a way to instill some fight in this extremely young team or the next few games could be rockier than the last three.

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Aaron Carrara is the founder and publisher of HornSports and has covered University of Texas athletics since 2011. Aaron is a member of the Football Writer's Association of America and the U.S. Basketball Writer's Association and is a proud father to three boys.

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Texas Basketball Tied for 4th in Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll

Kansas Jayhawks take the top spot

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The Big 12 Conference released its preseason coaches team rankings for the upcoming basketball season on Friday. The Longhorns find themselves tied for 4th, with the TCU Horned Frogs, in the field of ten teams.  The Kansas Jayhawks top the poll for the eighth consecutive season, collecting all first-place votes and finishing with 81 total points.  Kansas State and West Virginia round out the top 3, with 72 and 61 points respectively.

The Big 12 will hold its preseason media day on Wednesday, October 24 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, site of the 2019 Conference Tournament.

The Longhorns kick off their season against Eastern  on Tuesday, November 6th against Eastern Illinois at the Frank Erwin Center.

Complete Big 12 Coaches Preseason Poll

RankSchoolPoints
1Kansas (9)81
2Kansas State72
3West Virginia61
T4Texas54
T4TCU54
6Iowa State41
7Texas Tech36
8Oklahoma21
9Baylor20
10Oklahoma State10

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Shaka Smart, Texas hoops secure commitment of 4-star PF/C Kai Jones

The Longhorns add their 2nd commit of the 2019 recruiting class

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The Texas men’s basketball team received some good news on Monday evening when Kai Jones, a 4-star center from Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, verbally pledged to the Longhorns. He held offers from more than 25 schools, including Kansas, North Carolina, Ohio State, Georgetown, Texas, Baylor and Florida State.  On September 23rd after visiting Austin, the 6-10, 205 lb. senior from Brewster Academy listed Baylor, Florida State and Texas in his final three.

Jones’ scouting report from ESPN reads: “An extremely athletic post player who is just scratching the surface of his ability. A hard working and active big man who shows touch facing the basket all the way to the 3 point line. Offensively he is more comfortable and effective playing a face up game in space.”

Although he plays center in high school, Texas is recruiting Jones as a power forward. Originally from the Bahamas, he transferred to Brewster Academy from Orlando Christian Prep in Orlando, Florida, where he won a state championship.

Jones is listed as the 53rd best prospect in the country in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, and the 3rd best player in the state of New Hampshire. He joins Elkins High School (Missouri City, TX) shooting guard Donovan Williams in Shaka Smart’s 2019 recruiting class.

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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.

https://twitter.com/STG_Stretch/status/1039891502632198150

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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