The headlines surrounding Texas Longhorns news on Jan. 17 are mainly basketball-involved. Texas men’s hoops and sophomore guard Tyrese Hunter have a big game against the No. 12 Iowa State Cyclones on the road in Ames on the night of Jan. 17.
And Texas women’s hoops has a big week ahead, against two solid Big 12 teams on the road in Baylor and Texas Tech.
Texas men’s hoops will be looking to improve to a mark of 16-2 (5-1 Big 12) on the season if it can top Iowa State in a difficult spot on the road on Jan. 17. The Longhorns have won three straight games heading into this matchup against Iowa State.
It’s also worth mentioning that we are now exactly one month from the start of the Texas baseball season, which opens up on Feb. 17 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, TX, against the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Texas Longhorns news on Jan. 17
- More on men’s hoops as senior shooting guard/wing Sir’Jabari Rice took home the Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors for the first time this season. Rice posted the best game score in two outings of any Longhorns player last week while averaging 16.5 points per game, 3.5 rebounds, two assists, one steal, and 0.5 blocks.
- For the first time since transferring to Texas, Hunter will return to the arena where he played basketball as a true freshman, at Hilton Coliseum in Ames. It already looks like the Iowa State faithful is looking to make life difficult for Hunter upon his return to Ames on Jan. 17.
- Two former Longhorns helped their teams to wins in Wild Card weekend in the NFL playoffs. Defensive end Charles Omenihu had a big game for the San Francisco 49ers with two sacks and one forced fumble in a double-digit win over the Seattle Seahawks. And defensive end/edge rusher Joseph Ossai came up with one QB pressure and one pass deflection in the Cincinnati Bengals’ win over the Baltimore Ravens.
- The latest former Longhorns transfer to find a new home out of the portal this offseason is sophomore safety JD Coffey III. Coffey announced on Instagram on Jan. 16 that he will be transferring to San Diego State.
News around the Big 12
- Unsurprisingly, the Big 12 is still delaying the release of the conference schedule for the 2023 football season. Fans are starting to get impatient as Jenni Carlson released a good piece in The Oklahoman detailing the loss of momentum for the Big 12 with the delays in this process.
- A piece from 247Sports this week projected the starting quarterback for every Big 12 team. Unshockingly, Texas was projected to start Quinn Ewers for the 2023 season.
- The TCU Horned Frogs suffered two big losses to the NFL Draft early this week. Star wideout Quentin Johnston and running back Kendre Miller both announced that they will be declaring early for the 2023 NFL Draft.
- The other top-15 matchup in the Big 12 on Jan. 17 is a massive one, pitting the No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks against its in-state rival, the No. 13 ranked Kansas State Wildcats.
What we’re interested in around FanSided
- Josh Wilson talks about which Tampa Bay Buccaneers players won’t be back for the 2023 season. There is one big, and obvious name to read into here.
- Jim Harbaugh is back for the Michigan Wolverines after some NFL coaching rumors were swirling again early this offseason.
- Can anyone unseat the Georgia Bulldogs next season as the National Champions?