Players experience the Moody Center for the first time

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Gone are the days inside “The Drum,” for Texas Longhorns basketball, and the men’s team got a chance to speak at the program’s new home on Wednesday — the Moody’s. Center.

The 15,000-seat arena hosts both the men’s and women’s teams as well as being a world-class entertainment venue, and the players were blown away.

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“It’s crazy,” said senior forward Timmy Allen. “When we play here, it looks like an NBA arena. When I look around, it looks like an NBA arena.

Brock Cunningham, a fifth-year player from Westlake, said he’d heard how nice the new place was going to be, but seeing it gave him a new appreciation.

“I’ve heard about it for a long time, but actually to come in here and see it is awesome,” he said.

Leading striker Dylan Disu said it “gave him butterflies”.

“I feel like there’s going to be a show here every night we play,” he said. “It feels like show time.”

The team was able to get into the gym after the NCAA relaxed some off-season training rules, and Longhorns head coach Chris Beard said he was grateful because his guys have to get used to it. to sightlines in the spacious stadium.

“We’re going to have to come in here and work a lot, shoot a lot, spend a lot of time here,” Beard said. “If you look at our early schedule, which we’re really proud of, I think we’re going to be playing one of the best schedules in college basketball…we have to make sure the event doesn’t become bigger than the 40-minute game. “

The non-conference schedule is highlighted by a Nov. 16 home showdown with one of the nation’s top programs, the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Longhorns host UTEP in the first men’s game at Moody Center on Nov. 7, then Houston Baptist comes to town on Nov. 10 before the big game with the Bulldogs.

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