Posted on: February 11, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2011 1:21 pm
Posted on: November 19, 2010 12:57 am
Edited on: November 19, 2010 1:06 am
I watched Tristan Thompson play on the summer circuit a bunch in 2008 and 2009.
And I never loved him.
He was obviously talented, sure. But the 6-foot-8 forward always seemed to be missing whatever it is that makes great players great, and coming into this season I actually figured Cory Joseph would be the former Grassroots Canada star making the biggest impact at Texas. Through three games, I'm more wrong than Tony Parker's dating habits. Thompson is averaging 16.3 points and 7.7 rebounds, and he was the star of UT's 90-84 win over No. 13 Illinois that tipped late Thursday and ended early Friday after an overtime period inside Madison Square Garden.
Texas-Illinois wasn't the biggest game to date, but it might've been the most fun. The score was tied 45-45 at the half and 75-75 at the end of regulation, at which point the Longhorns reeled off eight straight points to build the lead that led to the upset. Thompson? He finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and six blocks, and, suddenly, he seems to have whatever it is that makes great players great.
Next up is Friday night's game with No. 5 Pittsburgh.
It'll be interesting to see whether Thompson can lead the unranked Lonhorns to another upset.
Posted on: November 8, 2010 8:18 am
Edited on: November 8, 2010 8:19 am
The season starts today with a slate of four games.
Posted on: November 2, 2010 8:44 am
Edited on: November 2, 2010 8:45 am
Rivals.com has updated its recruiting rankings to reflect recent commitments.
The top 20 now looks like this:
Posted on: October 30, 2010 6:57 pm
Myck Kabongo, MaxPreps.com's No. 2 point guard in the Class of 2011, publicly decommitted from Texas on Saturday and told recruiting analyst Dave Telep that he's now considering Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and Syracuse in addition to the Longhorns.
"I'm not opening it up to everybody, but I'm going to open it to certain schools," Kabongo said. "I'll look at Syracuse, Duke, North Carolina, Texas and Kentucky. That's it."
Kabongo committed to Texas in January 2009.
He's now the nation's highest-rated available recruit.
Posted on: October 1, 2010 2:13 pm
Texas added a fourth recruit to its class when in-state standout Jonathan Holmes announced at a Friday afternoon press conference that he is verbally committing to the Longhorns.
Scout.com ranks Holmes 69th nationally in the Class of 2011.
The 6-foot-8 power forward chose Texas over reported interest from Baylor, Purdue, and Texas A&M. He joins Myck Kabongo (No. 9 at Scout.com), Sheldon McClellan (No. 35 at Scout.com) and Julien Lewis (No. 89 at Scout.com) as prospects who plan to sign with Texas next month.
Posted on: August 2, 2010 12:39 pm
We've unveiled No. 2 on the CBSSports.com list of the nation's best combined football/basketball schools.
It is ... drum roll, please ... Texas.
Click this link to read my column about the UT basketball program.
No. 1 will be unveiled Thursday.
Posted on: June 16, 2010 10:31 am
Edited on: June 16, 2010 11:08 am
Days college athletics has been held hostage (since Big Ten announced expansion exploration on Dec. 15): 182
Had a good Tuesday: What has long been clear -- especially to those in Nebraska -- became even more clear Tuesday when various teleconferences around the country featured conference commissioners and school athletic directors explaining in great detail how much Texas controlled in this process and will control in the future. Now that everything has mostly settled, what we know going forward is that Texas will make more money while having an easier path to the BCS title game given that Nebraska is out of the league and there will be no Big 12 Championship Game. That's a win-win. So though there were lots of winners (and some losers) throughout this wacky process, Texas, by far is the biggest winner.
Had a bad Tuesday: Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson seemed set to improve his league a week ago with the addition of Boise State, but now multiple media outlets in Utah are reporting that the Utes are headed to the Pac-10. Mountain West + Boise State - Utah = Not good. It's still a nice league, sure. But it won't be as nice as it was or as it thought it was going to become.
Quote of the day: "I wanted to ensure I was carrying out the will of our higher being here, to make sure that we continue." -- Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe apparently suggesting that a higher being wanted the Big 12 to continue to exist. So that settles it, right? God is a Texas fan.
Link of the day: Click this link to read a detailed look at how this process developed and changed and developed some more from OrangeBloods.com's Chip Brown. Tremendous reporting and insight.
On tap: Utah will continue to wait for a formal invitation from the Pac-10. It could come Thursday.