If the choice is between being uncomfortable playing with a mask or not being allowed to play at all, that’s not a hard choice of these players.
It wasn't long after Texas arrived for the relocated Maui Invitational that coach Shaka Smart pointed out the banners hanging above the court to recognize the tournament's past champions. ''We said: 'There's no Texas on these banners,''' Smart said. There will be now, thanks to Matt Coleman III's clock-beating shot and a defensive effort that carried the 17th-ranked Longhorns to their first title.
No. 14 North Carolina and No. 17 Texas tend to put lots of emphasis on some of their high-scoring abilities. "We really challenged the guys (defensively)," Texas coach Shaka Smart said. Texas (3-0) is aiming for its first Maui Invitational title in five all-time appearances in the event.