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Hoops:

College fans glad Durant couldn't jump
Kansas City Star
Texas coach Rick Barnes knew the game was going to be something special. After David Monds missed a jumper at the end of the first overtime period, Barnes could do nothing but laugh at how the game had gone up to that point.

Barnes: 'Hell of a game'
Austin American-Statesman
On a different night, Rick Barnes might have obsessed about what the Longhorns did wrong in defeat, reminded his team that certain deficiencies have lingered. But late Tuesday night, the Texas basketball coach smiled after the 21st-ranked Longhorns were outlasted in three overtimes at No. 12 Oklahoma State, 105-103.

Weather makes UT road trip longer
Dallas Morning News
A long night in Stillwater, Okla., for the Texas men's basketball team Tuesday night turned into a long day in Dallas on Wednesday. The team took a bus from Stillwater to Oklahoma City after its 105-103, triple-overtime loss to Oklahoma State. But upon arrival at the airport in Oklahoma City, the team learned it could only get as far as Dallas because of an ice storm in Austin.

The Durant timetable: Just enough
San Antonio Express-News
He watched a last-second shot beat him in the third overtime Tuesday, and Rick Barnes reacted as if he had won. He smiled broadly as he walked toward the Oklahoma State bench, and then he reached for as many handshakes as there were hands. That's the look of a coach who had just seen the best of college basketball and didn't mind celebrating that. But it was also the look of someone who has seen firsthand the best formula for getting a young team ready for the NCAA tournament. Barnes will lose Kevin Durant this spring to the NBA. Going by this loss, though, Barnes also has a chance to keep him. Maybe until late March.

OSU's Boggan delivers fitting end with unlikely shot
San Antonio Express-News
Texas swingman Kevin Durant didn't think the shot was going in. Neither did teammate D.J. Augustin. UT coach Rick Barnes didn't think it had a prayer. Sean Sutton, Barnes' Oklahoma State counterpart, didn't even want his star forward to take it. But Mario Boggan? He knew it was good from the moment it left his fingertips.

UT-OSU: Breaking down a Big 12 classic
San Antonio Express-News
It took 55 minutes of game clock, three overtimes and nearly four hours of actual time to complete. When it was all over, 11,687 fans at Gallagher-Iba Arena and a national television audience had certainly gotten their money's worth. Twelfth-ranked Oklahoma State outlasted No. 21 Texas 105-103 late Tuesday night on Mario Boggan's leaning 3-pointer with six seconds left. UT coach Rick Barnes says it might have been the best game he's ever seen or ever will see. We here at the Express-News agree.

Texas loses instant classic in Stillwater
Daily Texan
Texas coach Rick Barnes knew the game was going to be something special. After David Monds missed a jumper at the end of the first overtime period, Barnes could do nothing but laugh at how the game had gone up to that point.

Big 12 Power rankings
Daily Texan

Boggan's heroes
Tulsa World
ESPN made an announcement Wednesday that everyone expected. Oklahoma State's 105-103 triple-overtime triumph at Texas' expense Tuesday night -- the second-longest game in Big 12 history -- was deemed an instant classic by the cable sports network and the game will be rebroadcast 4 p.m. Thursday on ESPN Classic.

Cowboys win fight that lived up to its billing
Tulsa World
Down goes Texas! Down goes Texas! Down goes Texas! That was the final decision Tuesday night in an epic heavyweight basketball fight between Oklahoma State and Texas in one of the most thrilling hoops contests in the history of legendary Gallagher-Iba Arena. It took three hours and three overtimes to end it. And when it was over, it was a gutty bunch of Cowboys who were left standing by a 105-103 margin.

Football recruiting:

Top Targets for 2008: Offense
InsideTexas.com
With the 2007 recruiting class drawing to a close, the Texas Longhorn coaching staff has shifted much of its attention to next year's group. With only 15 seniors on the roster next year, we expect the Longhorns to sign between 17 and 19 kids for the 2008 class. Which prospects will Texas go after?

Women's hoops:

Texas to catch a reeling and angry Iowa State
Austin American-Statesman
For the Texas women's basketball team, it's difficult to imagine a tougher road game. It was tough enough even getting out of Austin for tonight's once-postponed game at Iowa State. Ames has never been a particularly friendly place for the Longhorns, who have won at Hilton Coliseum only once in five tries.

Conradt pleased with team's intensity as Longhorns travel to Iowa State
Daily Texan
Jody Conradt couldn't have been more pleased with the defensive effort and intensity her team displayed in a 68-49 victory over Colorado last Saturday. Now the challenge will be playing with that same defensive focus on the road. The No. 22 Longhorns face Iowa State tonight at 7 p.m., a game originally scheduled to be played Wednesday night. The game was re-scheduled due to the inclement weather on Tuesday that prevented Texas from flying to Ames.

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