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Hoops:

Durant and Co. Blast Missouri
InsideTexas.com
Forward Kevin Durant continued his record-setting run through his freshman season at Texas as he led the Longhorns to an 88-68 crushing of the Missouri Tigers at the Eriwn Center Wednesday night.

Photo Gallery - Missouri
InsideTexas.com
Texas improved to 2-0 in Big XII play with solid effort against Missouri. Kevin Durant continued his excellent play by putting up 34 points and pulling down 13 rebounds to lead the Longhorns.

Durant scores 34 in Longhorns' win
Austin American-Statesman
There was only one man in the Erwin Center on Wednesday night capable of holding Kevin Durant short of another personal scoring record. Rick Barnes. The Longhorns coach removed his freshman star with 1:39 to play and victory against Missouri safely tucked away. Durant scored 34 points, three fewer than his best mark, as the Longhorns defeated Missouri 88-68 in front of 9,483 fans.

Barnes looking for that secret power source
Austin American-Statesman
Kevin Durant is Gulliver and the guys guarding him are starting to resemble Lilliputians. Gonna miss him next season. "Send him to The League," said Missouri coach Mike Anderson, when asked how to stop the Longhorns' freshman phenom.

Durant scores 35 as UT routs Missouri
Dallas Morning News
For nine straight years, it hasn't mattered who Texas put on the floor against Missouri – the Tigers have lost. Mizzou won't soon forget Texas' Kevin Durant, however. In front of his customary half-dozen NBA scouts, the Longhorns' 6-9 freshman scored 34 points on 10-of-14 shooting, grabbed 13 rebounds and went 12-of-13 from the foul line in an 88-68 victory Wednesday in front of 11,983 at the Erwin Center.

Longhorns freshman Durant lights up Missouri
San Antonio Express-News
Midway through the second half of Texas' 88-68 victory over Missouri on Wednesday night, while UT freshman Kevin Durant knocked down improbable shot after improbable shot, one sportswriter courtside turned to another and made the type of observation for which such scribes are so handsomely paid. "That kid," the writer said, "is just better than everyone else." Missouri coach Mike Anderson, after watching Durant shred his team's best-laid plans for 34 points and 13 rebounds, seems apt to agree. "Send him to the league (the NBA)," Anderson said with a sly smile. "He needs to go to the league."

Texas well-guarded against Missouri pressure
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The theory behind new Missouri coach Mike Anderson's full-court, in-your-face defense is sound. Pressure, contest every pass, swipe the ball and turn turnovers into points. But theory proved hard to put into practice Wednesday night against a Texas team that in essence starts three point guards and Kevin Durant, who can handle the ball a little bit himself. Though Mizzou forced 15 Texas turnovers, by and large the 25th-ranked Longhorns (12-3, 2-0 Big 12) paid Mizzou's defense little mind and crushed the Tigers 88-68.

Durant, UT overpower Missouri
Houston Chronicle
Missouri coach Mike Anderson has a simple solution on how to stop Texas freshman Kevin Durant: Send him to the NBA. If Durant's first two conference games are any indication of what the rest of the Big 12 is going to have to endure, other coaches are sure to second that notion. The Big 12's leading scorer and rebounder, Durant had 34 points Wednesday night in the Longhorns' 88-68 victory over the Tigers. This came on the heels of a 37-point game against Colorado.

Recruiting:

G.J. Kinne: Enjoys Meeting Future Teammates
InsideTexas.com
Three weeks ago, G.J. Kinne had just finished his senior season at Gilmer and was committed to the Baylor Bears. A lot has changed in the last three weeks. After John Brantley switched his commitment from Texas to Florida, The Longhorns came calling with an offer that Kinne couldn't refuse.

Texas commit enjoys all star experience
InsideTexas.com
LaMarque, Texas offensive guard Aundre McGaskey participated in the East-West all-star game this past week. He was a dominant force along the offensive line.

Football:

Big raise for Texas' Brown unlikely, boss says
Austin American-Statesman
Mack Brown can expect his annual, automatic $100,000 raise on his $2.66 million salary for the 2007 season, but Texas athletic director DeLoss Dodds said Wednesday that he isn't sure the Longhorn football coach will get a substantial raise to keep him near the top of the highest-paid coaches in college.

Women's hoops:

Texas clips Missouri in overtime
Austin American-Statesman
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Texas' Carla Cortijo played all 45 minutes against Missouri on Wednesday night, but she never asked for a break. "She did not look at the bench," Longhorns coach Jody Conradt said. "I think she was afraid I might take her out." The redshirt freshman guard spent much of last season sidelined after hyperextending her left knee in the sixth game of the season. Against Missouri, Cortijo scored 15 points and tied her career high with six assists as the Longhorns beat the Tigers 79-77 in overtime.

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