The season to the slaughterhouse will brutally continue for the Texas Longhorns.
Per press release, leading scorer Tevin Mack has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. The sophomore was averaging 14.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
“We have a set of standards that we expect people in our program to adhere to,” said Texas head coach Shaka Smart. “Tevin has failed to reach them.”
Mack, who committed to VCU when Smart was head coach, was previously suspended at the beginning of the season and missed the home-opener with backcourt mate Kerwin Roach Jr.
Following a disappointing freshman campaign (5.1 PPG on 29% shooting), the 6’7″ guard adjusted to Division-I competition. Mack had scored at least 18 points in 8 of his 14 games played. To open 2017, he posted a career-high 27 points to lead Texas over Oklahoma State for their most impressive victory of the year.
Without Mack, sophomore Kerwin Roach Jr. (11.3 PPG) as well as freshmen Jarrett Allen (11.2 PPG) and Andrew Jones (9.6 PPG) must take a more assertive role in the offense and produce points. The Longhorns have lost seven games this season when held under 62 points.
The timing of Tevin Mack’s suspension could not come at a worse time. 7-9 Texas will embark on their toughest three-game slate of the season, starting with an afternoon matchup with #10 West Virginia. After the home contest, road trips to #1 Baylor and #2 Kansas loom, the first of which is on Tuesday, January 17.
After possessing a 163-56 record (74.4%) at VCU, Smart is 27-22 (55.1%) overall in Austin, Texas.
– P. Wesner