Small, but mighty? Shaka Smart says fans made the difference


AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Longhorns are still playing basketball, advancing to the quarterfinal round of the NIT.

Texas won a wild, overtime game over Xavier Sunday and Longhorns head coach Shaka Smart gave full credit to the Texas basketball fans.

After a sparse turnout for the Longhorns NIT opener against South Dakota State, Texas fans made an impact against the Musketeers

It was still a small crowd of around 3,000 people Sunday, but they were vocal throughout the game. The players and head coach took notice.

“Lets be honest, home court advantage goes a long way in college basketball— more so than any other sport at any other level. We had one (Sunday). Interestingly enough, they seemed like they really enjoyed the game. (I’m) hoping they can come out Wednesday, regardless that’s our last day,” Smart said.

Win or lose, this version of Texas basketball will play its last game at the Erwin Center Wednesday against either Colorado or Norfolk State. 

With a win, Texas will advance to the NIT Semifinals in New York City at Madison Square Garden next week.

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