With Sims and Coleman injured, Texas goes into TCU game shorthanded

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Longhorns suffered their biggest loss of the season over the weekend with a 29 point beat down at Iowa State.

But the losses kept coming Monday.

Longhorns head coach Shaka Smart reiterated that Jericho Sims will not play in the foreseeable future and likely won’t play again during the regular season saying the team is focused on his long-term health.

Junior point guard Matt Coleman suffered a bruised heel during the game against the Cyclones. Texas is only hopeful he’ll play Wednesday against TCU.

Coleman played 19 minutes Saturday leaving early in the second half with a noticeable limp.

“Knowing that kid, he’s going to do everything that he can do to play,” Smart said. “I think the best thing for him right now, is to be able to continue to recover through some rest.”

If Coleman is unable to play Wednesday, he would join Sims, Jase Febres, and Gerald Liddell as players who will be out with injury against TCU.

It certainly is a tough situation, but Smart is doing his best to remain optimistic.

“I’ve never really gone into a game with anything other than the frame of mind other than ‘hey, we’re going to win this game,'” Smart said. “I don’t know anyone in this league, even when completely healthy, has a really big margin for error but it becomes paper thin when those guys are out.”

Tip off for the game Wednesday is set for 7 p.m. at the Frank Erwin Center. Texas (14-11, 8-4 in Big 12) needs to finish the season spectacularly for a legitimate shot at the postseason. The Longhorns have six games remaining in the regular season.

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