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Hoops:

Hoops: Ugly But Effective
InsideTexas.com
The last week has not been a good one if you're a Texas basketball player. Your coach, Rick Barnes, is not the biggest fan of losing, and that's made him probably a bit grumpy during a two-game losing streak to Oklahoma State and Villanova. Toss in the travel irritations -- airplane terminals, little hotel room beds and loud-mouthed opposing fans, and you've got the makings of a truly miserable stretch of hoops. Needless to say, the Longhorns entered Wednesday night's game in Lincoln a little perturbed. And when the game was over, the Longhorns were still likely a tad miffed, but very much relieved, leaving Nebraska with a razor-thin 62-61 victory.

Longhorns clip Huskers by a whisker
Austin American-Statesman
Exhibiting a trust required by circumstance, Kevin Durant watched his teammates take most of the big shots late in the Longhorns' game against Nebraska on Wednesday. Durant, denied the ball by a wall of defenders, attempted just two shots during the final 7 minutes and 17 seconds. But A.J. Abrams and Justin Mason each hit a three-point basket in the final four minutes, allowing the Longhorns to escape with a 62-61 victory at the Devaney Center, ending a two-game losing streak.

Durant scores 26, Longhorns prevail
Daily Texan
Every time the Longhorns are on the road, Kevin Durant is sure to receive most of the trash talk from opposing fans. Against Nebraska (12-6, 1-3 Big 12) Wednesday night, it was no different. More than 90 minutes before tipoff, Durant was the first Texas player to take to the court for a pre-game shootaround. The Cornhusker fans, known as the Red Zone, heckled Durant all they could. But the freshman-phenom responded once again. Durant scored a game-high 26 points to go along with 15 rebounds as Texas (14-5, 4-1) escaped a late run from Nebraska to come away with a 62-61 victory in front of 10,661 fans at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb.

NU not happy with close call
Lincoln Journal-Star
Nebraska came close to beating Texas on Wednesday night. Close isn't good enough for Nebraska men's basketball coach Doc Sadler. Far from it. "Like I told our basketball team, they've got the wrong guy coaching them if they think I'm going to be satisfied getting beat by one point to Texas," Sadler said following the Huskers' 62-61 Big 12 Conference loss to the Longhorns. "That ain't happening."

Durant, Longhorns escape
Kansas City Star
With a full head of steam and enough seconds to make it happen, Nebraska guard Jamel White headed to the basket with the opportunity to record Nebraska's first signature Big 12 victory for coach Doc Sadler. The look was good enough, a 7-foot floater from the right baseline. But White's momentum carried the ball too far. It banged off the back iron and into the arms of teammate J.D. Lewis, sealing the Longhorns' 62-61 escape from Big Red Country. That the Cornhuskers were breathing in the final moments was a testament to their resolve and the Longhorns' inability to locate Kevin Durant over the game's final 7 minutes.

Texas has bright future if freshmen don't bolt
Salt Lake Tribune
If he can somehow get the two freshmen to stick around Austin for a few years, Barnes could be looking at a national championship.

Football recruiting:

The Inside Texas Podcast
InsideTexas.com
It's all recruiting on this week's edition of the Inside Texas Podcast. We look at the Longhorns' latest set of commits, the one they're hoping to get and how each one affects next year's roster.

Alfred Dupree Recruiting Update
InsideTexas.com
Skyline's Alfred Dupree plays with passion and fire on the football field. He has already received two early scholarship offers and has been invited to a handful of junior days.

Women's hoops:

Baylor holds off Texas women
Austin American-Statesman
Conventional wisdom suggests that when two All-America candidates face off, it usually turns into a push. As in, they cancel each other out. But that wasn't the case Wednesday night at the Erwin Center as Baylor's Bernice Mosby and Texas' Tiffany Jackson met for the first time on a college basketball court. In a tight, Big 12 Conference affair, Mosby provided a spark for her team, scoring 17 of her 23 points in the second half to propel the Bears to a 63-59 victory in front of 5,439 fans.

Baylor bares teeth, knocks off No. 24 Texas at Erwin Center
Daily Texan
Despite Tiffany Jackson's offensive struggles Wednesday against No. 13 Baylor, Texas was only a possession or two from winning the game. Unfortunately for the passionate crowd of Longhorns' fans in attendance, the Bears executed down the stretch and prevailed 63-59.

Lady Bears grow up, 63-59
Waco Tribune
With Bernice Mosby and shot-blocking freshman Danielle Wilson at the post, it's easy to forget about Rachel Allison. But the 6-foot-1 sophomore came up with one of the biggest plays of the game Wednesday night when she grabbed an offensive rebound with 39 seconds left. That helped the 13th-ranked Baylor Lady Bears hold off No. 24 Texas, 63-59, before a crowd of 5,439 at the Erwin Center.

Baseball:

Texas will play opening games at Dell Diamond
Austin American-Statesman
Texas has moved its three-game baseball series against Stanford and a single game against Texas-Pan American to Dell Diamond in Round Rock after inclement weather caused construction delays at Disch-Falk Field. Disch-Falk's $25.8 million renovation won't be completed until October, but the Longhorns will begin playing there this season on Feb. 20 against Texas State.

Alumni:

Coaches hooked on Longhorn duo
Mobile Press-Register
Texas began the season with an odds-on favorite to win the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back. Sure enough, the trophy went to a Longhorn, but not the one everyone expected. Cornerback Aaron Ross won the big award, upstaging hard-hitting safety Michael Griffin, who had led the Longhorns in tackles during their national championship run in 2005.

Tucker needs to improve to stay in NBA
Austin American-Statesman
P.J. Tucker blew past his opponent and scored on a signature reverse layup to begin Wednesday's game. At one time, he did that four or five times times a night a few blocks up the road at the Erwin Center. Those were the days. These aren't the days.

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