Rick Barnes Sees Dramatic Improvement in Kentucky’s Harrison Twins

Just two years ago, Texas coach Rick Barnes was on the hot seat because of the team’s struggles, which included a 16-18 record in 2012-13 and a first-round loss in the CBI.

Barnes also took heat for failing to land the state’s best prospects.

In the Class of 2012, Texas missed out on in-state stars Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke), Isaiah Austin (Baylor) and Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State).

A year later, Texas stars Andrew and Aaron Harrison and Julius Randle all committed to Kentucky, Matt Jones picked Duke and Keith Frazier chose SMU. To read more of this story, click here

Texas Has Enough Size to Make It Interesting Against Kentucky

NCAA Basketball: Texas at ConnecticutVery few teams in America have the size to compete with Kentucky and their massive front line of future pros.

Texas is one of those teams.

I’m not saying No. 6 Texas (7-0) is going to beat No. 1 Kentucky (7-0) on Friday night in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge in Lexington, but the Longhorns — who I saw twice last week when they won the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden — do have the size to matchup.

Jonathan Holmes is 6-8, Cameron Ridley and Connor Lammert are 6-9, Prince Ibeh is 6-10 and freshman Myles Turner is 6-11.

Kentucky, of course, has four guys 6-10 or bigger in 6-10 Trey Lyles, 6-11 Karl-Anthony Towns and 7-footers Dakari Johnson and Willie Cauley-Stein. To read more of this story, click here

Texas Beats UConn on Last-Second 3-Pointer by Holmes; Boatright Leaves on Crutches (UPDATED)

Texas senior forward Jonathan Holmes drained a game-winning 3-pointer from the left corner to lead No. 7 Texas to a stunning 55-54 victory over No. 24 UConn at Gampel Pavilion.

The loss snapped the Huskies’ 44-game winning-streak against non-conference opponents at Gampel.

In the last 10 days, Texas (6-0) has beaten Iowa, Cal and now the Huskies — the latter two with sophomore point guard Isaiah Taylor out with a fractured wrist. Texas won the 2K Classic last week at Madison Square Garden, but Taylor was injured in the Iowa game.

UConn senior point guard Ryan Boatright went for 24 points and seven rebounds for UConn, but left the arena on crutches after re-injuring his ankle on the final play. He said he could miss the Yale game on Friday, but won’t be out “two or three games,” according to Dave Borges of the New Haven Register.

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Texas Point Guard Taylor Has Broken Wrist, Out Indefinitely

Gabriel Olaseni, Isaiah TaylorTexas head coach Rick Barnes announced Monday that sophomore point guard Isaiah Taylor has a broken left wrist and is out indefinitely. Surgery is not required and Taylor is expected to return this season.

Taylor broke the wrist Thursday night against Iowa in the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden when he crashed hard to the floor after driving to the basket and encountering 6-10 Gabriel Olaseni. To read more of this story, click here

Texas Loses Point Guard Taylor for ‘Extended Time’ (UPDATED)

Gabriel Olaseni, Isaiah TaylorNEW YORK — Texas was dealt a blow on Friday when it announced that sophomore guard Isaiah Taylor will not play in tonight’s game vs. Cal in the 2K Classic final at Madison Square Garden due to a left wrist injury suffered during last night’s contest against Iowa.

He will be reevaluated upon the team’s return to Austin, but sources told SNY.tv Taylor could miss extended time.

ESPN’s Jeff Goodman later reported Taylor is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, per a source.

Taylor crashed hard to the floor on his left wrist after driving to the basket and encountering 6-10 Gabriel Olaseni late in Texas’ 71-57 win over Iowa Thursday night. The Iowa big man was given a flagrant foul 2 and ejected from the game. Taylor made 1-of-2 free throws and finished with 15 points in the win. To read more of this story, click here

Texas Freshman Myles Turner Still a Work in Progress


NEW YORK —  There was a time when Texas freshman forward Myles Turner was the No. 2 recruit in the country.

Now? It’s tough to find him in the maze of big-name freshmen dominating the college hoops scene.

Turner had been the second-best recruit in the country, according to ESPN.com, behind only Jahlil Okafor of Duke, and ahead of Kentucky forward Karl-Anthony Towns and Kansas forward Cliff Alexander.

But a few games into the college season and Turner has disappeared into oblivion. That comes even though he is the best recruit to walk through Austin since his hero Kevin Durant. That comes even though he scored 15 points in his debut. To read more of this story, click here

Kerwin Roach to Texas

Kerwin Roach, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Houston (TX) North Shore, is off the board to Texas.

Roach, ranked the No. 21 shooting guard in the Class of 2015 in 247Sports composite rankings, also considered Cal and Wichita State.

“Roach is very talented,” one D-1 assistant involved in his recruitment said. “Can get his own shot. Very thin, needs weight. Envisions himself a point guard, but I doubt he is.”

Roach joins Michigan combo guard Eric Davis in Texas’ 2015 class. The two could have major roles in the team’s backcourt beginning then.

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