The Big 12 announced its 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Team on Wednesday, naming five Longhorns to the roster.
Texas’ five selections led the conference, with seniors Prince Ibeh and Danny Newsome being named to the first team. Seniors Demarcus Holland and Connor Lammert as well as junior Isaiah Taylor were named to the second team. Holland, Lammert and Ibeh have now been named to the team for three consecutive years, while 2016 marked Taylor’s second career selection.
First team honors were awarded to those who held a GPA of 3.20 or higher, while the second team consisted of athletes with a GPA ranging from 3.00 to 3.19.
In order to be eligible for the All-Academic team, players must maintain a 3.00 GPA for two straight semesters. Additionally, it is required of athletes to participate in 60 percent of a team’s games.
Since 2015, Texas has garnered 11 Academic All-Big 12 selections, the most of any program in the conference.
The Longhorns shot five-over par and moved up one spot in Tuesday’s final round for a fifth-place finish at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate. Texas finished the event with a score of 15-over.
Junior Haley Mills posted her best performance of the season, finishing in a tie for third with a score of four-under. Mills was the only Longhorn to card two rounds under par in the tournament.
Senior Natalie Karcher finished eight shots back of Mills with a four-over score, while sophomore Sophia Schubert ended the tournament five-over par.
Junior Julia Beck and senior Tezira Abe finished off the pace for Texas, finishing with scores of 15-over and 17-over.
Florida took the team title with a score of two-under. The Gators were just one of two teams to finish with a score under par. Michigan State’s Sarah Burnham and LSU’s Sydney Cavin each overtook Stanford’s Lauren Kim on the final day to share the individual title at five-under.
The Longhorns will be back in action on March 7 and 8 at the UNF Collegiate in Jacksonville, Florida.
Despite not breaking par, the Longhorns tallied a successful day Monday, moving up three spots to sixth after shooting one-over par in the second round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate.
Texas currently sits at 10-over par for the tournament, 17 shots back of leading Florida.
Junior Haley Mills was the one of two Longhorns to break par in the round, carding a two-under par. Mills is four shots back of Stanford’s Lauren Kim, who leads the individual competition at six under.
Sophomore Sophia Schubert also stayed under par in the second round, finishing with a three-under 69 to move up to a tie for 33rd after a rough first round. Natalie Karcher ended her day with an even 72, while Tezira Abe and Julia Beck shot eight over and nine over, respectively.
An attorney for a University of Louisville trustee is seeking to subpoena Texas head coach Charlie Strong as a part of divorce proceedings, according to a report out of Louisville.
The report from WDRB-TV states that trustee Jonathan Blue’s attorney, Ann Oldfather, asked a judge to get Strong to give a deposition in Blue’s case against Tracy Blue. The motion calls Strong a “critical witness,” and requests that Strong turn over information about his relationship with Tracy.
The report also states that Oldfather wants Strong to turn over a Movado watch and other items Tracy gave to Strong as well as his cellphone, text message records, travel records and calendars dating back to 2012.
Strong confirmed Sunday that he received information about the proceedings, but said he’s not a party to the divorce.
“I certainly respect the legal system, and if I do receive a court order, I will review it and respond then,” Strong said. “Since this is a legal case, it wouldn't be appropriate for me to say anything further at this time.”
Strong was the head coach for Louisville from 2011 to 2014, when he was hired by Texas.
This story has been updated since its initial publication with a statement from head coach Charlie Strong.
No. 6 Texas men's golf captured its second-straight victory of the spring season on Friday at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate in Hawaii, winning by five shots over California.
Texas was one of only three teams to finish under par for the tournament, shooting 20-under. California came in second at 15-under followed by Texas A&M at 1-under.
Juniors Beau Hossler and Gavin Hall each tied for first place with California's K.K. Limbhasut and Hawaii's Skye Inakoshi at 6-under par. Hossler rebounded from a 3-over 75 on Thursday to shoot a 4-under 68 on Friday. Hall was the only Longhorn to break par in all three rounds, shooting scores of 69, 71 and 70.
“I am thrilled that our team was able to come to Hawaii and get our second win of the year," head coach John Fields said. "Each of our individuals had some memorable highlights during the three rounds and for Beau and Gavin to share the individual championship is outstanding."
Hossler has finished first in three events this season. The last time a Longhorn won three times in one season was Brandon Stone in 2013. Hall picked up the first victory of his career.
Sophomore Doug Ghim tied for seventh after shooting a 1-over 73 on Friday. Sophomore Scottie Scheffler tied for 26th at 2-over with freshman Steven Chervony, who competed as an individual and made the first start of his career.
Redshirt sophomore Branson Davis finished in 48th at 7-over. Also competing as individuals, redshirt sophomore Taylor Funk tied for 41st at 5-over, redshirt sophomore Kalena Preus tied for 53rd at 9-over and redshirt senior Tayler Termeer tied for 57th at 10-over.
The Longhorns have now won their first two events of the spring season after not claiming a single victory in the fall. Texas has followed a similar trend to last season when it won only one tournament in the fall before racking up six victories in the spring.
Texas will be back in action Mar. 7-9 at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters in Las Vegas.