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[14] Mainland was able to persuade the University Athletic Council to set aside $125 for the preparation of an outdoor basketball court on the southwest corner of Clark Field—the stadium then hosting the Texas football, baseball, and track teams—and to let him organize, coach, and play on the University's first varsity basketball team. [157] Texas won six games in conference play by five or fewer points to finish in second place in the SWC with a 12–4 record, with two losses to Arkansas and one loss apiece to Houston and Texas A&M. Texas defeated New Mexico in the first round, 69–66, before falling to eventual NIT champion Ohio State in the second round, 71–65. [166] After their third win that season over Texas A&M in the SWC Tournament, the Longhorns would fall to Houston for the third time, 89–86. Built for a total cost of $8,500, the all-wood Men's Gym measured 115' by 105' and 23' high and featured a pinewood floor, an electric scoreboard, and seating for 2,500 spectators. 24. We'll run and pressure and play 94 feet of defense. Texas and Texas Tech have played at least twice yearly since the 1957–58 season. 7 Georgia Tech in the opening round—in what remains the second-largest margin of defeat in a neutral-site game in program history—Texas posted its third one-point loss of the season in the consolation game against 20th-ranked DePaul, falling 63–62. There the Longhorns defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets by a score of 54–45 and the Alabama Crimson Tide, 40–31, to advance to the title game against Oklahoma A&M. During the 2009 recruiting cycle, Texas acquired top-tier prospects Avery Bradley and Jordan Hamilton. [110], Rick Barnes won recognition as NABC District 9 Coach of the Year in five seasons (1999, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2014). [177] The stadium opened in 1887. Scoreboard. As with the Erwin Center, no decisions have been made as to the location or features of the replacement basketball practice and training facility. 7-seed Georgia Bulldogs, the Longhorns upset Gene Keady's No. Even before the season began, the program was embroiled in controversy and turmoil. [4][5], On January 19, 2013, Smart became the second youngest active coach to win 100 games, in a 90-63 victory over Duquesne. The Longhorns opened a new season of SWC play with a road win over TCU. [238][239], The Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award is awarded annually by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the top point guard in NCAA Division I men's basketball. [123] More than a dozen Longhorn players would leave the program during Weltlich's first three years, and several would make negative comments about his grueling practices and his reliance on criticism and insults as a motivational tactic upon departing. The Longhorns were genuinely uncompetitive only in their final game of the year, a 66–46 loss to Arkansas in the SWC Tournament. The team's grave liabilities in defense and rebounding against bigger teams were never more evident that year than against defending—and soon-to-be-repeating—national champion Oklahoma A&M (later renamed Oklahoma State University) and its 7'0" All-American center, Bob "Foothills" Kurland. Smart began writing down quotes into a digital document that is now over 110 pages long. Five Longhorn teams were ranked among the top-ten teams in their respective years, and three Texas teams received top-three rankings. After opening with a win over Florida in Gainesville, Texas fell to No. [246], Southwest Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Big 12 Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player. [219], The rivalry grew especially heated from the mid-1970s onward as both schools' athletic departments poured additional resources into their basketball programs, both for coaching hires and for facilities, each seeking to revive programs that had receded from the national stage over the preceding quarter-century. [245], Southwest Conference Freshman of the Year, Five Longhorn men's basketball players have won conference tournament most valuable player honors—four players in the Southwest Conference Tournament and one player in the Big 12 Conference Tournament. The Longhorns defeated the Aggies in all three games in Turgeon's final season and in both games in Billy Kennedy's first season with the Aggies. [33], Theo Bellmont hired Eugene Van Gent from Missouri in 1916 to lead the Texas football, basketball, and track programs. Assistant coach Eric Ely joins the Lady Raider basketball program after 10 years at Oregon State, ... Texas Tech Red Raiders. 8 Minimum 60 attempts. [124] Nevertheless, even Wendlandt would leave the program after the fall semester of his senior year.[117]. [5][214], The intensity of the in-state rivalry has grown sharply in recent years with Baylor's emergence as a nationally competitive program under current head coach Scott Drew. [74] Texas defeated the St. Joseph's Hawks in Philadelphia, 61–57, before returning to Oklahoma City for the All-College Tournament. [130][131] Texas opened conference play with four consecutive wins, including its first win over Arkansas under Weltlich, before falling 55–54 to the Texas A&M Aggies in College Station. 3 Minimum 200 attempts. [219], Both Texas and Arkansas faded from national significance with the end of the 1940s. Mainland had been a nationally known basketball player as an undergraduate student at Wheaton College (Illinois) prior to coming to UT. 16 OU in Austin, 96–88. [5][11] The team is currently led by fourth-year head coach Shaka Smart. A two-level layout (the lower arena and upper mezzanine) currently accommodates up to 16,540 spectators for basketball games. Richardson then returned to the court, eliciting a resounding chorus of boos from the crowd, and Arkansas outscored Texas 17–10 in the overtime period to claim the win. Point guard B. J. Tyler, the future 20th overall pick in the forthcoming 1994 NBA draft, and Albert Burditt, future second-round selection in the 1994 Draft, returned in full health (Tyler after missing the first four games) after each having missed the majority of the previous season. [108] Texas ended the regular season with an 18–10 overall record and a 10–6 conference record,[97] finishing third behind Texas A&M and Arkansas in SWC play. Texas quickly took advantage of Arkansas's absence, as Penders' 1991–92 team finished with a 23–12 overall record, for his fourth consecutive season of 23 or more wins, and a share of the SWC championship. Football and basketball were growing in popularity nationwide, and a spending and building boom was expected to take place in athletics departments around the country. Following the 1943–44 and 1944–45 seasons, in which Gilstrap's Longhorn teams posted overall records of 14–11 and 10–10, respectively, Jack Gray returned as head coach with the end of the Pacific War in August 1945. As of June 21, 2019, 45 Longhorn men's basketball players have been selected in the NBA Draft in the history of the program. He was a second-team All-Badger Conference pick as a senior and by the end of his career was the all-time assists leader at Oregon High for a career (458), season (201) and single game (20).[1]. 17 Georgia in Athens three weeks later. [230][231][232][233][234][235][236][237] Durant was the first freshman ever to win any of the National Player of the Year awards. [156] The win matched Texas in the tournament final against a high-scoring, sixth-ranked Oklahoma Sooners team only nine months removed from a four-point loss as a prohibitive favorite in the 1988 national championship game. The end-of-season success quelled discontent for the time being, with fans and commentators pointing to the return of LaSalle Thompson, Mike Wacker, and a healthier and more experienced supporting cast as reason for renewed confidence about the near future and optimism about the program's prospects.[112]. Texas was subsequently selected as a No. [24], Professor Carl C. Taylor, also the Texas track coach, assumed basketball head coaching responsibilities for the 1913 season. Lemons had summarily fired assistant Steve Moeller, leading to a caustic public feud between the two men, with each blaming the other for recent disappointing recruiting results. Each program employs a head coach.As of the 2020–21 season, the longest-tenured head coach is Jim Boeheim, who has been head coach at Syracuse since 1976.. Conference affiliations reflect those of the current 2020–21 college basketball season. 8 Connecticut in Austin, 94–77; unranked UTEP in El Paso, 92–88; unranked LSU in New Orleans by a score of 84–83; and unranked Rhode Island in Providence by a score of 92–79. 23 in the final AP Poll, for the Longhorns' first appearance in the final AP Poll since the 1978 NIT Championship team, and for only the second time in program history. Sanders' selection by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 15th pick made VCU the first school in the Commonwealth of Virginia to have a player selected in the first round of the NBA Draft in consecutive years, as the Utah Jazz had selected guard Eric Maynor with the 20th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. [93] Though he and his staff inherited two players that would play central roles on his most successful Texas teams in freshman forward and Los Angeles high school player of the year Ron Baxter and sophomore Auburn transfer Jim Krivacs,[87] Lemons was nevertheless assuming control of a moribund program coming off of three consecutive losing seasons, the last of which featured the then-third-most defeats in the history of the program. 4 Oklahoma in Norman, 103–84; to No. D. J. Augustin is the only Longhorn to win the Bob Cousy Award. Texas finished the season with a 26–8 overall record, matching Jack Gray's 1946–47 Final Four team and Abe Lemons' 1978 NIT Championship team for most wins in program history. 3 Razorbacks in Austin, which gave Texas a 13–3 record and second-place finish in conference play. Texas received a No. [113] Dodds ultimately chose 37-year-old Bob Weltlich, a former assistant coach under Bob Knight at Army and Indiana who came with Knight's recommendation, from the University of Mississippi to serve as the next Texas men's basketball head coach. After trailing 19th-ranked Arkansas 45–27 at halftime in Austin, Texas narrowed the Razorbacks' lead to 68–66 in the final minute before Arkansas added two final points to secure the win. UT undertook extensive renovations of the facility from 2001 to 2003 at a cost of $55 million, adding, among other things, new and renovated seating, new video and sound systems, new lighting, and 28 suites. The Longhorns boarded a train for New York the following morning to face the favored Violets of New York University, led by future fourth overall 1948 draft pick, 16-year NBA star, and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member Dolph Schayes. 15 ranking in the Associated Press Poll, Texas' first appearance in the poll since a one-week showing at No. [283], In the 2016 Olympics, Durant again led the U.S. men's team in scoring with 155 total points—one point fewer than his U.S. Olympic record from 2012—and in minutes played. Three Texas players have won Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors. While his teams' records and performance had declined since the 1977–78 season, Lemons was not thought to be in danger of losing his job as he entered the 1981–82 season, the first year for new Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds and Lemons' last at Texas. [219], Arkansas led the series 85–64 upon leaving the SWC; the Razorbacks currently lead the all-time series 87–68, with Texas having won four of the six games played since Arkansas joined the SEC. 7", "Abe Lemons Gets the Boot at Texas; Former OCU Coach Says He's "Too Crusty" for Longhorns", "Stories of the Ages: Abe Lemons' Legacy", "Obituaries: Abe Lemons, 79; Basketball Coach Beloved for His Humor", "Abe Lemons Is Dead at 79; Coached College Basketball", "Football still king, but hoops teams in Texas grab attention", "Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame – Abe Lemons", "College Basketball Roundup: Jacksonville Gives North Carolina a Scare", "De Paul Savors Crumbs Of Win Over Lowly Texas", "Men's Basketball knocks off No. The Longhorns were also significantly more competitive in almost every game they played. In Bob Weltlich's 175 games as head coach, Texas had never scored 100 or more points in a game—and had only scored 90 or more points on four occasions (twice requiring an overtime period to reach that mark). [200], The Longhorns have appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) one time. After his next two teams combined for a 28–19 overall record and a 12–12 record in conference play, Gray was notified of his acceptance for duty in the Navy in April 1942, four months after the United States had entered the Second World War. [84] Black finished with an overall record of 106–121 (.467) and a record of 63–65 (.492) in conference play. "[125] Texas ended the season with losses in 17 of its last 18 games and with a 13-game losing streak. Of these, 19 played at Texas under Rick Barnes. The Rams lost to Butler 70-62 in the semifinal game. The 2014–15 season began with raised expectations from Longhorns fans and media, especially with the signing of top-ranked Dallas-area center Myles Turner. He also likes nature documentaries featuring big cats. 3 Minimum 100 attempts. Following Leon Black's resignation, Texas Athletic Director and Longhorn head football coach Darrell Royal selected then-University of Texas-Pan American and former longtime Oklahoma City University head coach Abe Lemons as his primary target for the open position. Texas finished the season ranked No. [42] The protracted selection of E. J. The Longhorns struggled at times in the season after center Cameron Ridley went down with an injured foot[173] that caused him to miss all of conference play, returning for a brief stint in the conference tournament and in Texas' NCAA tournament game. Seven Longhorns have received consensus first-team All-America honors, and three others have received consensus second-team All-America honors. After eight seasons in Austin, Texas women's basketball coach Karen Aston will not return, athletic director Chris Del Conte announced on Friday. With the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996, the Oklahoma Sooners became the Longhorns' main rival in basketball. For the fifth time in Weltlich's six seasons, Texas failed to advance to a postseason tournament. [4][7], The Texas basketball program experienced substantial success during the early decades of its existence, but its success in the modern era is of relatively recent vintage. [12][13] Mainland had been a nationally known basketball player as an undergraduate student at Wheaton College (Illinois) prior to coming to UT. [5][213], The Longhorns' series with the Baylor Bears has featured more games played than any other UT basketball series; it is also the conference series most lopsided in UT's favor, with the exception of the Longhorns' series against former Southwest Conference opponent Rice and the much more abbreviated series against former Big 12 member Nebraska. Texas was not ranked in the preseason polls, but the potential for significant improvement was evident. [75] The win over Baylor landed Texas an invitation to the 1948 NIT with two conference games remaining. Texas won the NIT Championship in 1978 and 2019. B. J. Tyler was recognized as the Southwest Conference Player of the Year and became the first Texas men's basketball player to receive All-American honors since LaSalle Thompson in 1982. [195][196], The Cooley Pavilion will be demolished and replaced during the same phase of construction of the Dell Medical School as the Erwin Center. At the same time, a group of Austin businessmen announced plans for the construction of a 10,000-seat arena adjacent to soon-to-be-built Interregional Highway, the precursor to Interstate 35, and 23rd Street and East Avenue—plans which ultimately did not bear fruit. [8][202] As of November 27, 2018, Texas teams have been ranked in 252 of 1168 total weekly AP Polls (21.6%) since the inception of the poll in the 1948–49 season (37th all-time in AP Poll appearances), and in 295 of 1153 total weekly Coaches Polls (25.6%) since the inception of the poll in the 1950–51 season. Texas won its final game in Maui against Notre Dame before facing Oklahoma in Austin. [240], Twenty Texas basketball players have received All-America honors on 26 occasions; six have been recognized as All-Americans in two different seasons. [11], The Texas men's basketball team opened the Frank Erwin Center on November 29, 1977 with an 83–76 victory over the Oklahoma Sooners. [40] The Longhorns fell short in College Station against the Aggies, then coached by future Texas football head coach and Athletic Director Dana X. Bible, who claimed their third consecutive SWC championship. [6], On April 2, 2015, Smart accepted an offer to become the new men's head basketball coach at Texas. Texas managed four wins against Division I competition, with a 62–61 road win over Utah in non-conference play, to end a 21-game road losing streak, and three wins against conference competition—two against Baylor and one over Rice. Smart attended Division III Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, where he remains the school's career assists leader (542) twenty years after his playing career ended. The Longhorns defeated the TCU Horned Frogs and the Texas A&M Aggies in their remaining two conference road games before winning all five SWC contests in Austin, concluding with a 66–32 rout of the Aggies. [156][159] Penders' second team finished 24–9 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year—a first in Longhorn basketball history—and for only the second time since the Tournament field expanded to 64 teams. ", "College Basketball – George Washington; Penders Hired", "Texas center Cameron Ridley fractures left foot, out indefinitely", "No. After the new coach's first season, junior forward Bill Wendlandt commented that he believed he had gained mental discipline that he had previously lacked. The Longhorns finished 20-13 in Smart's first season, including a fourth-place finish in the Big 12 Conference. 1Since 1949–50 season. 25 Texas overwhelms No. The Longhorns won a close first contest, 41–37, before being thoroughly outclassed in the second, falling 65–41. A medical school graduate, a piano enthusiast, a former sportswriter, a one-time automobile dealership owner, and a veteran football and basketball coach, Doc Stewart quickly became a popular figure across diverse segments of the University population. 22, and Penders' third team finished with a 23–9 overall record, advancing to the NCAA Tournament and finishing with 23 or more wins for the third consecutive year. [26] His Texas team finished with an overall record of 8–4 and, beginning with a 70–7 rout of Southwestern in San Marcos, contributed the first three victories to what would become a national-record winning streak. [222] Former UT Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds stated that an exception was made in the case of Slater Martin because, as a Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, he was a legend in the sport of basketball but had competed before any of the widely recognized awards were established (the Sporting News Men's College Basketball Player of the Year was established in 1943, but it was not awarded from 1947 to 1949). The Longhorns would finish with losing records ten times from 1951 to 1976. Texas struggled with consistency early in the season, but after leading scorer Tevin Mack was suspended in January, the Longhorns went 4-12 the rest of the way, including seven straight losses to end the regular season. Texas pushed the Sooners to overtime and led 90–89 with 28 seconds remaining, but an OU steal and two subsequent scores led the Sooners to a 93–92 win. 4Since 1932–33 season. The Longhorns acquitted themselves well in a close loss in the first game, 55–47, but the pre-game prognostications came to fruition the following night, as Arkansas routed Texas 90–63 in the second contest. The Longhorns lost a close game to the Wolverines, 84–79, who would advance to the Elite Eight before falling to eventual national champion Arkansas, which defeated Michigan by the second-narrowest margin of its six NCAA tournament wins in 1994. The Longhorns had won 18 of the previous 21 contests against the Aggies, dating back to the 1987–88 season. Dodds was not specific as to the reasons, vaguely citing a "series of incidents from this and past years, along with the need for new leadership and direction. [11], The 1979–80 Texas Longhorns returned only one starter, forward Ron Baxter. [36], Following Van Gent's single year as head coach, Roy Henderson returned to coach Texas for two additional seasons. [8] Only three NCAA schools—California, Navy, and Wisconsin—achieved higher winning percentages for that decade.[20]. [17][27][28] Bellmont's teams contributed 25 victories to a winning streak that would ultimately grow to 44 games. In addition to both coaches, three starters from the 1941–42 team had departed for service in the war. [188] The Longhorns won their first 25 games in the Erwin Center before falling to Arkansas in February 1979.[97]. The Longhorns lost to the Iowa Hawkeyes in the opening game by a score of 98–92, marking the only time in eight first-round NCAA Tournament contests under Penders that Texas would fail to advance to the second round. Shaka Dingani Smart (born April 8, 1977) is an American men's college basketball coach and former player. In his first season, he led the Rams to a 27–10 season and a CBI Championship after VCU swept Saint Louis in the championship best-of-three series.[3]. 6Since 1986–87 season. "[106] Struggling SMU dealt Texas a shocking defeat in the final game of the regular season, depriving the Longhorns of sole possession of the SWC crown and forcing them to share the conference championship with Arkansas for the second straight season. For the 1989–90 season, Texas returned its high-scoring trio of guards, Lance Blanks, 1989 SWC player of the year Travis Mays, and Joey Wright—dubbed "BMW—the ultimate scoring machine" by the Texas sports information department and labeled the third-best set of guards in the country by Dick Vitale. The official Men's Basketball page for the Texas A&M University Aggies. The Longhorns played just 10 of their 27 games under Metzenthin (and only four of their final 18) on their home court, outdoor Clark Field—with its stubbornly uneven surface and total vulnerability to weather conditions[22]—being particularly ill-suited as a basketball venue. "[58] After stumbling on a swing through North Texas late in the season with losses to TCU and SMU, the Longhorns concluded the regular season with victories over the Baylor Bears and Texas A&M to win a share of the SWC championship and qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the second time.       Conference regular season champion   4 Minimum 200 rebounds. 5 Since 1975–76 season. He is currently the head men's basketball coach at the University of Texas at Austin. [46] The UT Athletic Council agreed to fund the team's trip to New York for the contest, followed by a stop in Philadelphia to play Temple. 2Since 1949–50 season. Tyree, is a writer and professor. [15], Smart has been married since May 20, 2006, to Maya Smart, a professional writer and alumna of Harvard University and Northwestern University. [31], UT alumnus and former regent Thomas Watt Gregory had begun campaigning a decade earlier for the construction of a permanent gymnasium for the benefit of the student body and faculty[32]—one in which the basketball team would be able to play and practice as well—but fundraising for the $75,000 project had lagged, even more so with Gregory's departure from Austin to serve as the U.S. Attorney General under Woodrow Wilson in 1914. [13] He graduated magna cum laude from Kenyon with a degree in history, researching and writing on issues related to race and the Great Migration. [77], Bradley's 1962–63 team again won the SWC outright and reached 20 wins for the first time since Jack Gray's 1947–48 Longhorns. 106–37, 154–56, 2020–21 Texas Longhorns men's basketball team, National Association of Basketball Coaches, Southwest Conference tournament championship, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year, Texas Longhorns men's basketball statistical leaders, "Colors | Brand | The University of Texas", "Timeline: A history of Texas basketball", "NCAA 2018–19 Men's Basketball Record Book", "2014–2015 Men's Basketball Cumulative Statistics", "2015 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Bracket", "Foundation and Growth: Images of the University's Early Years: The first men's basketball team, 1906", "Top 100 Moments in Texas Men's Basketball History", "Longhorns spotlight: A salute to the former lettermen", "Handbook of Texas Online: Southwest Conference", "NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Award Winners", "A roundup of the sports information of the week", "The University of Texas System: Deputy Chancellor's Docket No. [48] Instead, Texas handed SMU its first defeat of the conference season, 33–27. Danny Kaspar resigned as Texas State men's basketball coach on Tuesday amid an investigation surrounding allegations he directed racially insensitive language toward his players. The Horns were ranked as high as No. Texas is 12–7 against Texas A&M since Gillispie was hired in 2004.[207]. [1][18], Smart has four half-siblings from his estranged father Winston Smart: Sekou Lumumba Smart,[citation needed], Ifoma Oginga Smart, Anika Aduesa Smart, and Nkosi Mandela Smart. For the Texas women's basketball team, see, Premo-Porretta national championship in bold; NCAA Final Four appearances in italics, Jack Gray & H. C. "Bully" Gilstrap era (1937–51), Texas recedes from the national stage (1951–76), Texas School for the Deaf and Austin High School Gymnasiums (1928–30), Denton A. 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He performed quite well in the first season, becoming the first Canadian ever to earn All-Rookie team honors in the NBA. After a 63–56 loss to SMU in Dallas, Texas won eight consecutive conference contests, including a 61–57 win over Arkansas in Fayetteville–Texas's first win at Barnhill Arena since 1981–completing Texas's first season sweep of the Razorbacks since 1974. Sophomore point guard T. J. Ford became the first UT male player to earn the Naismith and Wooden Awards as college basketball's National Player of the Year in 2003. None of his six teams managed an appearance in the NCAA Tournament; only the 1985–86 team participated in postseason competition, losing in the second round of the NIT. [115] Even with the collapse following Wacker's injury, there had been no indications that his job was in jeopardy. Many believe this is the best team Smart has had in Austin with a veteran group of players and the addition of superstar freshman Greg Brown. 15 final ranking in the UPI Coaches' Poll. (Richardson would lead the Razorbacks to two more Final Fours and a national championship after Arkansas' departure from the SWC.) The primary requirement for the retirement of a UT student-athlete's number is that the individual have won a widely recognized National Player of the Year award. From the inception of the Big 12 through February 18, 2018, Texas has produced a 223–139 (.616) mark against conference competition during the regular season, trailing only Kansas's record of 299–63 (.826). Texas also achieved its first victory over an NCAA Tournament-bound team under Weltlich, defeating Pac-10 Conference champion Southern California in the final game of the regular season, 71–70. 1 Minimum 500 points. [19], Smart is a supporter of former President Barack Obama, for whom he campaigned in Florida in 2008 and Virginia in 2012. Van Gent's single basketball team at Texas recorded a 13–3 overall mark and won the Southwest Conference championship for the third consecutive year, with the season highlighted by the first-ever basketball games between Texas and the Texas A&M Aggies, following the resumption of athletic relations between the two schools. [74] Texas started the season 6–0—highlighted by a 51–42 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders and a 51–30 blowout of the LSU Tigers, who proved too slow to handle the speed of another fast and quick Longhorn team—before embarking on another road trip to the Northeast, stopping in New York for the third time in two seasons. [8][9] Texas achieved some measures of national recognition during the tenures of head coaches Abe Lemons (1976–82) and Tom Penders (1988–98), but the program rose to its highest level of prominence under the direction of former head coach Rick Barnes (1998–2015). Texas fell to No. Texas dominated the Missouri Tigers 65–46 before falling to Oklahoma A&M, the two-time defending national champion, in the semifinal by a single point, 40–39. [65] Sellouts had not been particularly common during the war years, but the University was growing rapidly, and if Texas basketball continued to achieve success, a looming capacity problem was clearly foreseeable. Texas Women's Basketball head coach Vic Schaefer welcomes a championship-caliber staff with a combined 46 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Forty Acres, he announced on Friday.. Johnnie Harris and Dionnah Jackson-Durrett have been named associate head coaches, while Elena Lovato has been named assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and advanced to the Elite Eight (Texas fell to LSU in overtime), marking the fourth time in five years that Texas had advanced to at least the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Texas advanced to the NCAA Tournament and defeated the Texas Western Miners by a score of 65–47 in its opening game to advance to the Sweet Sixteen, where the Longhorns fell 73–68 to Ed Jucker's defending two-time national champion and fifth-consecutive Final Four participant Cincinnati Bearcats. The game against the Air Liners was the last game Texas would play against a semi-professional team, once a routine component of the nonconference schedule, until the 1955–56 season. [148][149][150][151] Penders led his first team to a 25–9 overall record, marking the first 20-win season in ten years at Texas and the then-second-highest win total in school history. As fan criticism of Weltlich began to mount, Dodds professed to be "losing no sleep over basketball at UT" and said, "I don't think there's any question that the direction Bob has taken is the right one. Senior guard Abb Curtis would later receive retroactive recognition for the 1924 season as UT's second-ever consensus first-team All-American in basketball.[31]. 12 in the Coaches Poll. Texas men's basketball leads the all-time series against all Big 12 Conference opponents but Kansas (which leads 31–8), Kansas State (21–15), and Oklahoma (54–39). 15 Oklahoma in the All-College Tournament before beginning conference play. Barnes was also a four-time recipient of USBWA District VII Coach of the Year honors (1999, 2001, 2003, 2011).[286][287][288]. At 21–8, Texas was awarded a No. [54], With demand for tickets outstripping the seating capacity of Gregory Gym, calls began to grow louder for the construction of a new arena. With a nine-game conference winning streak, Texas had finished at 10–2 in SWC play to claim sole possession of the SWC championship. The Longhorns' 15 losses in the conference regular season came by an average of 22.5 points. In its third game of the season, Texas stunned No. Of these 72 players, 18 have received first-team all-conference honors in two seasons, and three players have received them in three seasons. 6Since 1972–73 season. Minimum 600 points. Despite the acrimonious parting, Lemons would be invited back to reunions in later years and would eventually be inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1994.[113]. Slater Martin is the only Longhorn men's basketball player to have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Must have played in more than half of season's games. 3 Since 1979–80 season. 88–91, 2014–15 Texas Basketball Fact Book, pp. 2/2 Oklahoma, 73-68", "He's Won the Heart of Texas: Penders came from Rhode Island to show Longhorns there is more to life than football", "University of Texas Officials Announce Firing of Basketball Coach Bob Weltlich", "Rick Barnes at Texas: Year by year & NCAA tournament history", "Frustrated head coach can't inspire Texas after worst start in 17 years", "Texas Is in Love With Run-and-Fun Basketball", "New Coaches: This Is Their Moment; Wenzel, Barnes, Penders, Harrick All Facing Biggest Career Tests", "Penders has the Texas Longhorns "Runnin'"", "Details of an eight-game showdown between members of the...", "Penders Adapts to Boots, Tacos, Texas Basketball", "Texas Comes Out Smokin', Aims For Oklahoma", "College Basketball Roundup: UC Santa Barbara Defeats Arizona State", "Guards Put Longhorns in High Gear; Texas: Penders' wide-open offense utilizes his players' skills", "College Basketball Roundup: Boeheim's 300th Win a Big Deal to Almost Everyone but Boeheim", "Bustin' Loose: The college game is on a rootin'-tootin' shootin' spree", "From Abe Lemons to Shaq to the Austin Wranglers, the Erwin Center has showcased sports", "Adversaries Chase Respect: Richardson, Penders Welcome Conference Showdown", "Ohio State Holds Off Pesky Georgia Tech", "St. John's fast-breaks away from Texas: Surprising strategy brings 84-76 win Midwest Regional", "College Basketball National Preview: A 64-Team Question: Who Will Make Tournament? E. Metzenthin (1909–11) and Marshall Hughes (1956–59)—and each had only coached for three seasons. [72] Texas trailed until the final minutes of the second matchup, and Martin's long shot with 35 seconds remaining provided the margin of victory, with the Longhorns winning 42–40 to advance to the Final Four for the second time, where they would face Oklahoma. Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy watches in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi State at the Southeastern Conference tournament Thursday, March 14, … Despite the early departure of Ford to the NBA as the eighth overall pick (Milwaukee Bucks), Texas compiled a 25–8 overall record in 2004 and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round for a school-record third consecutive year. In his first season at the helm, Williams reinvigorated the program as the Aggies shattered preseason expectations and finished in a tie for sixth in the Southeastern Conference after being projected to finish 12th. Bellmont then led Texas to its first 20-win season during his final year. Along the way, Texas earned its highest ranking in school history in both the Associated Press and the ESPN/USA Today polls (No. [195][196], The Texas men's and women's basketball teams have separate 9,000-square-foot practice court areas, each consisting of one full-court and one half-court practice area with seven basket stations. Durant was the unanimous national player of the year in 2007 as a true freshman, winning all 10 awards. He was then an assistant at the University of Akron for three years, Clemson for two, and Florida for one. 3Since 1965–66 season. After a 35-point loss to No. Although Texas could do no better than second place, more than 8,000 fans squeezed into 7,500-seat Gregory Gym to see the Longhorns hand the Bears their only defeat of the conference season, 32–29, after Al Madsen added a layup and a free throw in the final 20 seconds. Lemons' habitual sarcasm and indiscriminately acid tongue, heretofore endearing to fans if not academic administrators, began to draw criticism, with some citing his routinely quippish comments as evidence that he failed to take his team's poor performance sufficiently seriously. 3 Oklahoma late for 76-63 win", "Watch: Northern Iowa beats Texas on buzzer beater", "Texas scoring leader Mack transfers to Alabama", "Handbook of Texas Online: Gregory, Thomas Watt", "Frank C. Erwin, Jr., Special Events Center", "Dell Medical School Construction Plans Unveiled", "With Frank Erwin Center's days limited, many questions remain about venue's future", "NCAA gets it right by changing silly tournament wording", "In Tournament of Upsets, V.C.U. Six of the Longhorns' seven victories in conference play came by five points or fewer, while six of the nine conference losses came by 10 points or more. Some have speculated that Stewart's devotion to his varied non-athletic interests was the root cause of his football and basketball teams' decline in performance over his tenure. 2Since 1959–60 season. [109] Nonetheless, the Longhorns finished 6–6 in non-conference play, losing to all three eventual NCAA Tournament participants they faced—falling 100–83 at Iowa State, 80–75 at home to Utah State, and 71–70 at Chattanooga—and losing 86–74 at home to New Mexico, the one eventual NIT participant they faced. Texas continued to dominate the series in Big 12 play, winning 15 of the first 16 contests between the schools in their new conference. 1Since 1914–15, the program's first season in the SWC. Thanks to his exuberant personality, quick and acerbic wit, and rare quote-making skill,[88][89][90][91][92] the cigar-smoking Abe Lemons' growing status as a fan favorite anticipated any of his notable accomplishments in basketball at Texas. [199] Texas has appeared in 27 of the 40 seeded Tournaments (and in 26 of the last 30). With Texas reeling—having started 1–2 in SWC play, and hosting no conference games in Austin for the next month—the team's goal of ending the conference championship drought was in peril. [2] The Longhorns rank 18th in total victories among all NCAA Division I college basketball programs and 25th in all-time win percentage among programs with at least 60 years in Division I, with an all-time win-loss record of 1791–1088 (.622). The Longhorns stumbled to a 10–14 overall record with two conference games remaining. [190][191], The master plan released in 2013 for the University's new Dell Medical School indicated that the Erwin Center would be demolished in a later phase of construction within 6-15 years. [188] The Erwin Center is located at the southeastern corner of the UT central campus and is bounded on the east by Interstate 35. The 14 Longhorn players drafted in the first round from 1997 to 2019 exceed the all-time numbers of first-round picks at each Big 12 school but Kansas. The project was shelved, but the need remained acute, and, following the 1916 season, the UT Athletic Council decided to allocate $8,500 for the construction of the temporary and rudimentary all-wood Men's Gym, which was finished for the second game of the next season. 2 Since 1949–50 season. Following the series against KU, Texas traveled to Oklahoma City to compete for the first time in the All-College Tournament, which had begun in 1937. [126] Nonetheless, the 1983–84 season saw a number of particularly lopsided defeats, with a 103–72 loss to SMU and a 74–47 loss to Texas Tech representing what remain the third- and ninth-worst home losses in program history. Ten of Rick Barnes' teams, five of Tom Penders' teams, two of Abe Lemons' teams, and two of Harold Bradley's teams finished the season ranked. In 1999, as a senior, he was an All-North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) selection, named the NCAC Scholar Athlete of the Year, and among 20 students in the country selected for the USA Today All-USA Academic team. More of the same occurred in 2011, when Texas garnered two elite prospects in Canadians Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph and had a similar scorching (23–3) start—only to lose the league to Kansas again and fall in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to the Arizona Wildcats. Stewart's dismissal, producing a 51–30 combined record during his four-year stint as head coach. Prolonged inclement weather delayed the completion of Gregory Gymnasium, originally intended to debut in the 1929–30 season with the Southwest Conference opening home game against Baylor, and, consequently, the Longhorns had to play home games away from campus for the entirety of the season. As part of the project, UT constructed the Denton A. Cooley Pavilion, a state-of-the-art practice and training facility that sits adjacent to the Erwin Center. The TSD fieldhouse had a seating capacity of just one-sixth of the Men's Gym, precluding the sale of tickets to the general public and requiring the use of a lottery for the allocation of tickets to students and existing season ticket holders. The Longhorns currently compete in the Big 12 Conference. It always has been so considered until this year Prof. Carl Taylor took charge of the work and infused new life into it."[26]. [18] The Longhorns ultimately won seven of the eight games scheduled in the basketball program's inaugural season. Longhorn players Axtell, Chris Mihm, Gabe Muoneke, and Bernard Smith had met with Texas Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds "to say that they had lost faith in Penders and his program."[171][172]. "[128] Texas returned from Norman at 3–3 to face faced ninth-ranked and 7–0 LSU in Austin. The Longhorns' season came to a close with a 74–69 second-round loss at the hands of the Duke Blue Devils. [8], In Bradley's first season, the Longhorns won the SWC outright to reach the 1960 NCAA Tournament, where they fell to the Kansas Jayhawks by a score of 80–71 in the Sweet Sixteen contest. Bradley retired following the 1966–67 season. 3 Mustangs in Austin and 64–60 to No. Texas Tech has fired the head coach and assistant coach of its women's basketball team, after a scathing report chronicling claims of physical, mental and … Special logos were placed on the uniforms to commemorate this anniversary. Police and assistant coaches intervened, but Lemons told the media following the game that if Sutton dared to address his players again, he would "tear his Sunday clothes" and "liquidate his a**. 6 in the AP and coaches polls, yet only managed to finish sixth in the Big 12 in a very competitive season of conference play. Skip To … The Wooden Legends of Coaching Award is a lifetime achievement award established prior to the 1998–99 season. 11 Texas doom No. The 1985–86 team—which finished with a 19–12 overall record and a share of the SWC championship—marked the zenith of Weltlich's tenure at Texas. 90–91, 2014–15 Texas Basketball Fact Book, p. 154, 2014–15 Texas Basketball Fact Book, p. 157, 2014–15 Texas Basketball Fact Book, p. 96, NCAA 2015 Men's Basketball Record Book, pp. The Longhorns would go on to lose their remaining regular-season contests against ranked opponents—to Shaquille O'Neal, Stanley Roberts, and No. [170] With Tyler still absent, Texas struggled in its first four games, narrowly defeating Nebraska in Lincoln, 78–75, and losing a road contest to LSU and a home game against Florida by scores of 86–66 and 76–68, respectively. [8], Thurman "Slue" Hull was hired as men's basketball head coach prior to the 1951–52 season. Tom Penders received Southwest Conference Coach of the Year honors in 1994 and 1995, and Rick Barnes was named Big 12 Coach of the Year in 1999, 2003, 2008, and 2014. 9Since 1972–73 season. Current KU head coach Bill Self is 20–6 in games against Texas since becoming the Jayhawks' head coach prior to the 2003–04 season. Texas was subsequently selected as a No. [5][213], Texas and Kansas played one game during the regular season until the 2011–12 season, when the two schools began meeting twice per year. [220] Texas fared modestly better during this time, winning seven SWC championships, making four NCAA Tournament appearances, and posting an overall record of 342–323 (.514). Penders, the Texas coach from 1988-98, is one of eight people being included into college basketball’s Hall of Fame Class of 2021. (2009) (, 2014–15 Texas Basketball Fact Book, pp. 7 and eventual national champion North Carolina Tar Heels, 104–68. For the 1928–29 season, the University reached an agreement with the Texas School for the Deaf for the Texas men's basketball team to play its home games in TSD's recently constructed fieldhouse. [111], The 1980–81 Longhorn team carried little in the way of preseason expectations of success. In the 2012–13 season, Barnes' Longhorns finished 16–18 and missed their first NCAA tournament since 1997–98—the season prior to Barnes' arrival. ... East Region Coach of the Year and also received votes from the Ohio Coaching Association as one of the top women’s college coaches in the state of Ohio.       Conference regular season and conference tournament champion In its final years, the facility held 20,000 spectators. [70] During the following season, members of the UT Development Board met with several dozen prominent alumni to discuss plans for the construction of a 20,000-seat coliseum, at a cost of roughly $2 million, to be located south of Memorial Stadium. 77–78, 2014–15 Texas Basketball Fact Book, pp. [52][53] Texas finished 18–5 with no invitation to a postseason tournament. Texas leads the overall series 137–86.[221]. Despite Lemons' dejected mood following the final game of the season,[95] a loss to Baylor in the final men's basketball game in Gregory Gymnasium, his first team had posted a four-game improvement in its season record over the 9–17 squad of the prior year, finishing 13–13 on the season. The Longhorns would defeat Steve Fisher's Michigan Wolverines, 76–74, and fall to a Tournament-bound Arizona State team, 89–82, before beginning conference play. [73], Slater Martin and Al Madsen returned to the 1947–48 Longhorn team, among others, but this team was short on depth compared to the previous season's Final Four team, with only seven players in Gray's rotation. After declining to meet Patterson's demand that he fire his assistants in order to save his job, Barnes was removed from his post as head basketball coach in late March. Gilstrap credited Gray and Price with encouragement and advice from afar and his players with a degree of cooperation he said he had not seen before. Texas fell in the second round to the sixth-ranked and third-seeded Missouri Tigers, 108–89, to end the season at 25–9, a nine-win improvement over Weltlich's final season. [85] Lemons and fellow Oklahoman Royal agreed to a five-year contract worth roughly $30,000 per year,[86][87] and Lemons was subsequently introduced as the twentieth Longhorn head basketball coach in the program's 72 seasons. Romney's tenure took an early inauspicious turn when the Longhorns lost at home to Oklahoma A&M, 28–27, after Romney called his top players to the bench with a 14-point lead and nine minutes remaining. [15][16], The Longhorns took the court for the first time on March 10, 1906, defeating the Baylor Bears 27–17 on their new outdoor home court at Clark Field. Penders' first team returned four starters from the previous season, and two talented transfers—Lance Blanks and Joey Wright—gained eligibility, giving Texas a starting five with three future NBA Draft picks and a fourth starter who would play in the NBA. [82] The Longhorns defeated the Houston Cougars 85–74 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen, where they fell to the Kansas State Wildcats by a score of 66–55. Houston claimed the automatic bid to the Tournament, Arkansas received an at-large bid, and the Longhorns were left to accept a bid to the 1978 National Invitation Tournament. 138–39, 2014–15 Texas Basketball Fact Book, p. 139, 2014–15 Texas Basketball Fact Book, p. 140, 2014–15 Texas Basketball Fact Book, p. 142, 2014–15 Texas Basketball Fact Book, p. 159, 2014–15 Texas Basketball Fact Book, p. 153, 2014–15 Texas Basketball Fact Book, p. 33, 2014–15 Texas Basketball Fact Book, pp. Texas A&M Athletics - Home of the 12th Man Main Navigation Menu. He was terminated following the Longhorns' disappointing 9–15 season in his fourth year. [44] Despite its unblemished record, Texas was still predicted to lose at least one game to the Aggies in College Station. Originally built in 1930, Gregory Gymnasium was named after its main advocate and planner, Thomas Watt Gregory. The Longhorns, however, saw their season end at the hands of the USC Trojans in the second round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

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