Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Longhorn Network

It has been 7 months and the Longhorn Network is still not carried by major cable companies, this needs to change.

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Texas Basketball: Year In Review

The Longhorns season ended exactly how it should have, which is the way they have played all year. In an all to familiar fashion, Texas rallied from a large deficit, only to lose in the waning minutes of the second half against Cincinnati, ending our season. 

In a tough season, which saw big guy, Wangmene go down late in the season, Rick Barnes coached a mainly freshman team to the NCAA tournament for the 14th consecutive year. The young 'Horns team won 20 games, for the 13th consecutive year. 

More on this after the jump.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Texas Falls To Missouri

Texas held the lead for a brief 4 minutes in the first half before Missouri's sharpshooters took over. As Missouri was firing on all cylinders, Texas was struggling to find a consistent scorer beyond J'Covan Brown.

Brown finished with 21 points, and 8 rebounds. But that wasn't enough, as Phil Pressey and Kim English had 23 apiece. There isn't much to say about this game, other than Missouri shot really well.

Missouri was able to get their guards open by pulling extra defenders away from the perimeter, leading to open 3's, and jumpshots. There wasn't much to do to stop them, everything was falling.

Missouri shot nearly 53 percent, while also connecting on 10 of their 22 3-point attempts. Ricardo Ratliffe, Phil Pressey, and Kim English converted on an outstanding, 24 of 35 from the field.

English went down early in the second, as did J'Covan Brown, but both returned to the game. English with a leg injury, and Brown with an apparent neck strain.

A bright spot of the game was Kabongo second straight game limiting his turnovers. He had one turnover to 5 assists, he also scored 9 points. Jonathan Holmes, another freshman, scored 11 on 5-7 shooting. 

The Longhorns will now go home and await the results of the tournament committee to see if their in. ESPN has them as a 12-seed after knocking off Iowa State last night.  

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Texas Longhorns Vs. Missouri Tigers

Time: 10:00 ET
March 9, 2012
Spring Center, Kansas City, MO

The Texas Longhorns needed a win last night against Iowa State, and they responded, winning 71-65. Although tonights game doesn't have quite the urgency as last nights did, don't tell that to the 'Horns, as they look to further bolster their tourney resume and bring some momentum into the tournament.  

J'Covan Brown has his best games in big games, including 2 already against Missouri. He averaged 27 points against Missouri in two regular season games. He scored 20 last time out in Austin, as the Longhorns lost 67-66.

Myck Kabongo took all the blame for the loss in that game, as he missed a game winning jumper. Kabongo was clearly fouled on the play, but Kabongo still believes it was his fault. But thats not necessarily bad, that memory could push Kabongo to play his heart out.

Kabongo played perhaps his best game of his young career last night, he had 11 points and 5 assists, not exactly gaudy stats, but he held Iowa States most prolific scorer of late to just 10 points. Kabongo also didn't turn over the ball for the first time all year.

With that being said, Kabongo's defense will be key tonight, as Texas will look to hold Missouri guards Marcus Denmon, and Kim English.

The winner of this game will play in the BIG12 Championship game against Baylor/Kansas game.  

Keys to tonights game

Get J'Covan Brown chances early- J'Covan Browns production has always been tied to the Longhorns success. He made that apparent last night when he scored 18 in the key second half. He earned all 18 of those in the second half as he was guarded closely all night by Iowa State. To get Texas' offense going early, Texas will need to get J'Covan open early. 

Kabongo's Progression- Kabongo made great strides last night, he played great defense, and played smart. Kabongo will need to continue his smart play making, and tough defense, as Missouri shoots lights out. 

Chapman's Energy- Chapman played with an energy that wasn't matched by anyone on the court. He helped the Longhorns grab 15 offensive rebounds. He seemed to be a part of every rebound. Chapman will also need to limit his fouls, in the Longhorns 11 point loss to Missouri, Chapman played just 16 minutes as he was in foul trouble all night. Chapman scored just 6 points, and only 4 rebounds in the loss.

Start fast- Texas started off slow, they played great defense, but their shots just weren't falling. Resulting in an early 11 point deficit in the second half. 

Lessen the load on Brown's shoulders- Texas is a good team when J'Covan Brown is at the top of his game. But they are great when Kabongo, McClellan and others can make shots around him. When their shots are falling, the pressure is off Brown, and he plays even better.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Durham Smythe Commits To Texas

Since the beginning of the week Texas and Stanford fans have wondered where Durham Smythe will land. He had been saying that he will announce his decision on Friday, But apparently something changed, and Smythe will now become the 13th commit to the Horns.

Durham Smythe is the top tight-end in Texas, as he has been compared to a young Rob Gronkowski, and Jimmy Graham. Those are two comparisons that should make Texas fans extremely happy. Smythe was a highly sought after recruit, as he took an official visit to Stanford, and went to Texas A&M's junior day.

But ultimately, Smythe wanted to stay in state, and committed to Texas. Smythe will join former Teammate David Ash when he suits up for Texas. 

Smythe is a 6'6 Tight End out of Belton High, he is currently listed as anywhere from 210-230. Smythe is expected to get up to 240 pounds by his senior season start. Smythe gives Texas its much needed tight end that we have needed since Jermichael Finley left. 

He is a natural pass catcher, and looks very fluid running routes. He possesses great hands, and is able to use his size to his advantage and find the seams in the defense. 

Although a little raw as a blocker, there is no reason to project him as a dual threat tight end in college. He has a lot of experience at tight end, and has a solid worth ethic.

Overall, Smythe fills the last of the big needs in the Longhorns Recruiting, but look for Mack Brown to try to bring another Tight End in this years class, as he took none last year.

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Texas Takes Down Iowa State

In an all important game for the young Longhorns, they stepped up. J'Covan Brown converted a late 3-point play to seal the deal, as he scored 23, 18 of which came in a crucial second half. 

Texas opened up the first half playing great defense, forcing 8 turnovers in the first half. But did not shoot well in the first half, shooting just 26 percent. A usually good 3-point shooting team, Texas did not hit a 3 until Sheldon McClellan hit a huge 3 to close out the first half for Texas. 

Clint Chapman, who was much needed with the injury to Alexis Wangmene, was a huge part of the teams defensive success as Texas held Royce White to just 6 points in the first half. The physicality that Chapman played with slowed down White, who seemed to be a part of every play. Chapman played well on the boards throughout the whole game, and helped Texas grab 15 offensive rebounds.

After a slow start to the first half on offense, J'Covan Brown and company came out with a tenacity and determination to keep the Longhorns hopes alive. Trailing by 11 after a quick 7-0 run by Iowa State, Texas quickly turned things around with a 22-4 run, taking the lead 51-44. 

Iowa State quickly answered with a three of its own. After the 'Horns went up 8, Christopherson once again answered with a huge 3. Down by two, Iowa States Royce White stepped up with a huge shot with 52 seconds remaining. 

J'Covan Brown, the 'Horns Go to guy, drove with just under 35 seconds remaining and got a 3 point play the hard way, to put Texas on top for good, as the defense forced 2 turnovers in the closing 30 seconds, and Jonathan Holmes iced it with 2 free throws.

Seeing the Longhorns play with such resiliency down the stretch, and being able to close out the game when it really mattered was very encouraging. One of the biggest keys was the turnover margin. A young Longhorns team forced 14 turnovers, while only having 5 themselves, none of which by Myck Kabongo.

All in all, Iowa State played hard, and physical throughout the whole game. Royce White came up big for them all day, but Texas outplayed them, and are now virtual locks for the NCAA Tournament.

Next up: Missouri.

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