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Texas Basketball loses a thriller to Michigan in Ann Arbor 50-53

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Offense was optional in this rough and ugly game for both sides. The Texas Longhorns shot 20-52 on the night and Michigan was close behind them, shooting 20-48 from the floor. The two teams together tallied 26 turnovers and neither did an adequate job of rebounding on offense. Texas had just with 7 offensive rebounds and Michigan just 5.

For most of the game it was all Michigan as they took the lead with 18 minutes in the first half, at one point leading by 10, before the Longhorns whittled it down with 14:40 left in the game. The run began as Texas fought prior to the half, with James Banks stealing the ball and throwing it down to Kerwin Roach who funneled it down to Tevin Mack to start a run. Mack then turned around to knock down a three, sending the Longhorns into the half down by three on the road.

From there it was a back and forth fight with the lead never extending past 3 points for either team. The Longhorns missed a series of easy layups that could have put the team up by an insurmountable number, and down the line Michigan couldn’t pick the correct shot.

Neither team could execute off the other team’s blunders.

It came down to the final seconds. Texas was unable to get much going in the paint all night long, and Jarrett Allen fouling out with a minute left didn’t help the Longhorns maintain the lead in the last seconds. After Michigan’s Moritz Wagner hit the front end of his 1-and-1 and missed the second, Texas whiffed on the rebound and Michigan got the ball and put it back in for a three-point play to put the Wolverines up by 1 with 20 seconds left. After futile efforts by Texas on offense trying to get the ball down low unsuccessfully, the Longhorns put up several poor shots. The end result was a scoreless 2 minutes of basketball to end the game.

The confusion and poor offense was interspersed with amazing shows of talent and capability. The Shaka press worked like a charm, forcing numerous late game turnovers that turned into easy layups that Texas missed. In the end, it was once again youth and inconsistency that lost the day for the Longhorns.

The game ball for the Longhorns goes to Tevin Mack, who once again has been the brightest spot for this Texas Basketball team this year. Mack was the only player for the Longhorns to eclipse double digit points, with 18, shooting 5-11 and 3-6 from three-point land.

The only other player who had a significant impact on the floor was Jarrett Allen. Allen, as a big man, guided the ball to his teammates for 5 assists despite having limited playing time due to foul trouble all game long.

Once shots start falling for the Longhorns, players like Eric Davis find their groove, and players like James Banks, Andrew Jones, and Jarrett Allen become comfortable with the new level of play. If all cylinders are clicking, this Texas team could be a wrecking ball.

Until then they’re 4-4 and inconsistent.

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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:

http://www.cbssports.com/general/video/7a8d31be-0e91-4108-ba33-243774040bc7

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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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