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.
Texas coach Shaka Smart wouldn't guarantee whether the hair was here to stay after the Longhorns have won two in a row to start the season. "The only reason I grew my hair out is because my daughter or wife asked me to," Smart said. With a new-look Smart, The No. 17 Longhorns (2-0) will look to continue their success when they face Indiana in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational on Tuesday afternoon (1:30 p.m. ET).
Courtney Ramey and No. 17 Texas offered a glimpse Monday of the Longhorns' potential depth to start the relocated Maui Invitational. Coach Shaka Smart wants to see the defense look a little sharper, too. Ramey hit the go-ahead driving score with 20 seconds left and the Longhorns survived a pair of final-possession Davidson shots for the win to beat the Wildcats 78-76 in Monday's tournament opener.