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Hoops:

Oklahoma State's Boggan commands respect
Austin American-Statesman
Kevin Durant's candidacy for NCAA player of the year has taken root, its seeds planted by at least two national sports outlets and the coaches whose teams must defend the Longhorn freshman. But Durant tends to deflect praise as if swatting an opponent's shot under the basket. Best in the country? Durant claims he might not be the top player on the court when the 21st-ranked Longhorns face No. 12 Oklahoma State tonight in Stillwater. Durant is impressed with Mario Boggan, the 6-foot-7-inch, 240-pound senior who averages 21 points a game for the Cowboys.

Preview: Texas at Oklahoma State
Austin American-Statesman

Durant, Boggan star in Big 12 clash
Dallas Morning News
When 21st-ranked Texas takes the floor at 12th-ranked Oklahoma State tonight, the whole country will see the first head-to-head showdown between two of the Big 12 player of the year candidates – the Longhorns' Kevin Durant and the Cowboys' Mario Boggan.

OSU's Boggan a big test for lean Longhorns
San Antonio Express-News
He lifted weights until his body ached. He glued himself to a stationary bicycle. He watched what he ate and put on pounds of muscle. For the better part of two years, Texas center Connor Atchley endured a strength and conditioning regimen stringent enough to make boot camp seem like a picnic in the park. Still somewhat spindly as a 6-foot-9, 225-pound third-year sophomore, Atchley knows even the best get-big-quick scheme has its limits. "I'm not going to get much bigger," he said late last week, "by Tuesday." That could be a problem for the 21st-ranked Longhorns, who today face literally their biggest challenge of the Big 12 season so far. His name is Mario Boggan, the big, bruising centerpiece of No. 11 Oklahoma State's daunting front line.

Texas freshmen face big road test tonight
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Oklahoma State senior forward Mario Boggan said that, all things considered, he would just as soon have played Saturday's game at Nebraska that was canceled due to weather-related travel problems. "We all wanted to play it bad just to get back from that Kansas game," Boggan said Monday. That the Cowboys (15-2, 1-1 Big 12) did not get a chance to erase the memory of Wednesday's 87-57 loss at KU might prove to be unfortunate for Texas (13-3, 3-0). The Longhorns visit Gallagher-Iba Arena tonight in their first real road test of the young Big 12 season.

Longhorns head to Stillwater to face No. 9-ranked Cowboys
Daily Texan
Although it's only been two months since Texas' youngest-ever starting lineup took the floor, the Longhorns don't look so inexperienced anymore. With an 80-69 win over rival Oklahoma, Texas improved to a 13-3 overall record - just one game behind the pace of last year's star-studded team. The Longhorns play Oklahoma State tonight in Stillwater after defeating Oklahoma over the weekend. Led by freshman sensation Kevin Durant, the Longhorns have opened 3-0 in the Big 12 to tie for first place in the conference. During the three-game stretch, Durant has averaged 33 points and 14 rebounds per contest.

Cowboys take on 'Horns
Tulsa World
Rowdy fans pack Gallagher-Iba Arena for Oklahoma State men's basketball games because they want to see their beloved Cowboys. More than one million folks have attended OSU home games since the tradition-drenched arena was renovated six seasons ago. OSU fans will have one additional reason to be in the joint Tuesday night, when the Cowboys play an ESPN2-televised game against Texas. They could witness a once-in-a-lifetime event. It likely will be the only time UT wunderkind Kevin Durant will ever step foot on Gallagher-Iba Arena's white maple floor.

Longhorn freshman Durant tough test for Oklahoma State
The Daily O'Collegian
The OSU men's basketball team will take a stab at defending the reigning National Player of the Week on Tuesday. Texas' standout freshman Kevin Durant travels to Stillwater after coming off a week where he averaged 31 points and 13 rebounds.

Recruiting:

Recruiting Update: Nolan Brewster
InsideTexas.com
Strong safety Nolan Brewster from Mullen HS in Denver, CO had a stellar junior season and was expected to be one of the state's most recruited players. Those expectations are coming to fruition as the 6'2 195 pound Brewster received his first offer.

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