Freshmen Courtney Ramey and Jaxson Hayes play on the college-level basketball court for the first time after two starters are fouled out of in the last two minutes of overtime of the game against Arkansas.
Shaka Smart knew his team desperately needed an injection of energy after a slow start against Eastern Ilinois. Elijah Mitrou-Long provided that when he checked back in the game with 4:15 left in the first half.
It’s a different dynamic for a team that’s benefited from the luxury of playing with two future NBA lottery picks for the last two seasons. Without a player like Bamba or Allen, the Longhorns are shifting into a team grounded in teamwork and cohesion even more so than last season.