Texas Longhorns Overview

Fast facts

League: Division I (NCAA)

Head Coach: Rodney Terry

Team Mascot: Hook 'Em, Bevo

Year Opened: 2022

Capacity: 10763

City / State: Austin / Texas

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Red River Rivalry

Rival Team: Oklahoma Sooners

Texas and Oklahoma have a long standing rivalry that goes beyond just sports. The two states have a strong distaste for each other, and there is nothing better than showing your superiority, so make sure to be in attendance when the Longhorns and Sooners meet.

Texas vs Kansas

Rival Team: Kansas Jayhawks

Since the inception of the Big 12, Texas and Kansas have consistently been two of the best teams in the conference. The rivalry peaked in the 2000s with the Longhorns having a 5-7 record against the Jayhawks prior to the 2008-09 season. Matchups between Texas and Kansas are always fiercely competitive, so make sure to get your tickets when the Jayhawks come to Austin.

Texas vs Baylor

Rival Team: Baylor Bears

The Bears have been in the same conference as the Longhorns for a long time, which has helped foster a fierce rivalry between the two schools. The rivalry between these two dates back to 1915 and the Southwest Conference, so don’t miss it when the Longhorns come to town.

Texas vs Texas Tech

Rival Team: Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Texas-Texas Tech rivalry dates back to 1957-58 when the Red Raiders joined the Southwest Conference. Since then, the two Texas schools have played twice every year building an intense rivalry in the process. Texas has gotten the better of Texas Tech since the founding of the Big 12, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be in for a treat when attending a game between these two.

Texas vs Oklahoma State

Rival Team: Oklahoma State Cowboys

Even before the two schools both became members of the Big 12, the Longhorns and Cowboys played on a regular basis. The rivalry was at its best during the early days of the Big 12 when Rick Barnes’s Longhorns and Eddie Sutton’s Cowboys were regularly in contention for conference championships. Things may have cooled down a bit between these two, but you still won't’ want to miss it when the Longhorns and Cowboys square off.

Texas Longhorns Stadium Guide

In Game

Football may be king in Texas, but you’ll still see plenty of support for the Longhorns basketball game when attending a game in Austin. Longhorns fans can be found all throughout the country and the fans live and die with their team, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that you’ll see lots of burnt orange around Austin on Longhorn basketball game days.

There is a festive atmosphere inside the Moody Center and you’ll be greeted with all the sights and sounds you would expect from a college basketball game. The cheer squad and mascot can be seen entertaining the crowd throughout the game and you’ll be serenaded by the sounds of the pep band as well. Like a lot of places where basketball takes a back seat to football, you’ll find that the atmosphere inside the Moody Center varies depending on who the opponent is. If you’re lucky enough to be in town for a game against  Oklahoma or Kansas though you’ll be in for a treat and get experience one of the best in-game atmospheres in the Big 12.

At the Moody Center, you’ll see plenty of tributes to Texas’s best players and teams over the years. The banners hanging from the rafters are a nice touch, and the statue of Jody Conradt does an excellent job of celebrating the greatest coach in Longhorns women’s basketball history.

Finally, a trip to Austin is a fun trip for anyone even if you’re not going to a UT sporting event. There are plenty of outstanding bars and restaurants nearby, so you’ll have plenty to choose from if you want to grab a bite to eat or something to drink. Barbecue lovers will want to check out Franklin or Stubb’s. If you’re not into barbecue the Scholz Garten is a great place to grab a drink and there are plenty of food trucks around.

A trip to Austin is well worth your time even if you aren’t looking to attend a basketball game, although a Longhorns basketball game is a great way to spend some time if you’re in Austin.

Things to check out

Longhorn Statue

You may not be able to see Texas’s live mascot Bevo at a basketball game, but the longhorn statue outside the Moody Center is the next best thing. Snap a picture with the statue for a nice keepsake from your visit to Austin.

Jody Conradt Statue

The Longhorns honor legendary women’s basketball coach Jody Conradt with a statue inside the arena. The statue depicts Conradt showing the “Hook Em Horns” sign and is a must see for Longhorn fans everywhere, so make sure to check it out.

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Take a minute to view the banners and remember your favorite Longhorns players and teams when attending a game at the Moody Center. The Longhorn’s 2003 Final Four run is an especially important memory for Longhorns fans, so look for the banner and remember the incredible run.

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Hook ‘Em Horns

The famous hand signal of all Texas Longhorn fans is almost always coupled with the saying “Hook ‘em!” or “Hook ‘em Horns!” The signal is made by extending your index and pinky fingers while your middle and ring finger are held down by your thumb.

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Texas’s costumed mascot Hook'em is one of the most well-known mascots in the country. Hook’em can be seen at every game cheering on the team and energizing the crowd, so don’t miss him during your visit to the Moody Center.

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Pep Band

The Longhorns have one of the best marching bands in the country, and as a result, their pep band puts on a great performance as well. The band is a big part of any Texas sporting event, so enjoy the pep band’s musical stylings when attending a game at the Moody Center.

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Spirit Squad

The cheer and pom squads to an excellent job of entertaining and energizing the crowd throughout the game. They even perform a halftime extravaganza at some games, so enjoy the show if you’re lucky enough to attend one of those games.

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Fight Songs

  1. “Texas..Fight!”

    No matter the situation or the time of the game, if you yell Texas, someone will surely respond with a “Fight!”. It’s one of the more popular chants that can be heard throughout Longhorn games, so don’t be afraid to join in when you hear it.


  2. Fight Texas (fight song)

    The official fight song of UT. The lyrics can be found here.

    Texas Fight, Texas Fight,
    And it’s goodbye to A&M.
    Texas Fight, Texas Fight,
    And we’ll put over one more win.
    Texas Fight, Texas Fight,
    For it’s Texas that we love best.
    Hail, Hail, The gang’s all here,
    And it’s good-bye to all the rest! (YELL)
    Yea Orange! Yea White!
    Yea Longhorns! Fight! Fight! Fight!
    Texas Fight! Texas Fight,
    Yea Texas Fight!
    Texas Fight! Texas Fight,
    Yea Texas Fight!

    The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
    All the livelong day.
    The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
    You cannot get away.
    Texas Fight, Texas Fight,
    For it’s Texas that we love best.
    Hail, Hail, The gang’s all here,
    And it good-bye to all the rest!

  3. The Eyes of Texas

    The song sung at each game was created as a poem. It is now a staple of Longhorn games and is sung to the tune of “I’ve been working on the railroad”. Nothing like singing with 100,000 people to unify and celebrate a great tradition of Texas football. Here are the lyrics.

    The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
    All the livelong day.
    The Eyes of Texas are upon you,
    You cannot get away.
    Do not think you can escape them
    At night or early in the morn —
    The Eyes of Texas are upon you
    Til Gabriel blows his horn.

Texas Longhorns Bars & Restaurants

  1. Trudy’s Texas Star Restaurant and Bar


    Local Tex-Mex favorite serving standards & margaritas, with popular happy hour & weekend brunch.

    409 W 30th St, Austin, TX 78705, USA


    Bar website

    american - mexican - $$

  2. The Aquarium


    Beer pong & drink specials draw boisterous crowds to this bi-level bar & its fish-tank decor.

    403 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  3. Donn’s Depot


    Piano bar with live music, 2 dance floors & a diverse crowd, set in old rail cars & a former depot.

    1600 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78703, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  4. Crown and Anchor Pub

    Crown and Anchor burger

    Proudly serving award winning beer and food in Austin, TX for over 25 years!

    2911 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78705, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  5. The Dogwood

    Dogwood bar

    The Dogwood is a "homegrown" concept with a small touch of southern hospitality.

    715 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Cain & Abel’s


    Enjoy a plethora of beer on tap and a full bar while hanging out with friends at the hottest restaurant patio in West Campus. Cain and Abel’s serves American food with a Texas Drawl!

    2313 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705, USA


    Bar website

    american - sportsbar - $$

  7. Cheer’s Shot Bar

    Cheers shot bar beer

    Bartenders prepare inventive shots in this lively hangout with an upstair patio & a party vibe.

    416 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  8. Hole In The Wall

    Hole In the Wall

    The Hole in the Wall is one of Austin’s most legendary venues for all the right reasons.

    2538 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  9. Posse East

    Cotton Eyed Joe

    Spirited sports bar with open-mike nights, a hearty pub-grub menu & flat-screens galore.

    2900 Duval St, Austin, TX 78705, USA


    Bar website

    sportsbar - $

  10. Cactus Café


    The Cactus Cafe is Austin's premier listening room est. in 1979 offering the finest of local, national and international music nightly!

    2247 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78712, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  11. Pinthouse Pizza

    Pinthouse Pizza

    British-pub-inspired spot with elaborate pizzas, plus a house brewery specializing in hoppy beers

    4729 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756, USA


    Bar website

    european - pizza - $

  12. Hopdoddy Burger Bar

    Hopdoddy Burger Bar

    Welcome to Hopdoddy, where we have a passion to bring you burgers made with fresh, all-natural ingredients prepared by hand.

    1400 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  13. Franklin Barbecue

    Franklin Barbecue

    Long lines form early for brisket, pulled pork & other smoked meats at this lunch-only spot.

    900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA


    Bar website

    bbq - $$

  14. Kerbey Lane Cafe

    Kerbey Lane Cafe

    They’ve always sought to serve good, homemade quality food that is local, healthy and affordable while providing a welcoming and memorable experience to all who come through our doors.

    2606 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705, USA


    Bar website

    cafe - $

  15. Madam Mam’s Noodles

    Madam Mams

    Thai restaurant group and the destination for THAI FOOD aficionados craving the freshest, finest, and most authentic Thai cuisine.

    510 W 26th St, Austin, TX 78705, USA


    Bar website

    asian - $

  16. Sushi Niichi

    Sushi Niichi

    Traditional sushi bar & restaurant near campus featuring popular happy-hour specials.

    705 W 24th St, Austin, TX 78705, USA


    Bar website

    asian - $$

  17. Pluckers Wing Bar


    Sports bar & grill offering wings, burgers & more, plus trivia & bingo nights.

    2222 Rio Grande St, Austin, TX 78705, USA


    Bar website

    american - $$

  18. Torchy’s Tacos

    Torchys Tacos

    Buzzy chain serving Mexican street-food-style tacos in inventive varieties, including for breakfast.

    2801 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78705, USA


    Bar website

    mexican - $