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Texas Gets Hard-Fought Win Over Baylor
The Texas Men's Basketball team, led by 34 points from Kevin Durant, got an 84-79 win over Baylor in the Erwin Center on Saturday to stay a perfect 18-0 against the Bears under Rick Barnes.

Texas works to beat Baylor 84-79
Austin American-Statesman
Other players who sign lucrative NBA contracts may buy fancy houses and cars, but Kevin Durant might start with something more practical. Durant says he is willing to donate a new 35-second shot clock to the University of Texas, a replacement for the one that has malfunctioned twice this season, most recently on Saturday. For now, the 6-foot-9-inch Longhorns freshman will provide more important contributions. Durant scored 26 of his 34 points in the second half Saturday as the Longhorns overcame an inspired effort by Baylor to defeat the Bears 84-79 in front of 14,393 fans in the Erwin Center.

Big 12 schedule sticks glue guys together
Dallas Morning News
Glue guys clean up the messes of their team's star players. Their effort is non-stop in practice. They provide toughness by fighting through screens and defending the other team's best player. They come up with the key deflection, rebound or basket and simply go back to work while other teammates are swarmed by cameras. The best teams in the Big 12 have one. Dominique Kirk at Texas A&M. Marcus Dove at Oklahoma State. Sherron Collins at Kansas. Akeem Wright at Kansas State. David Godbold at Oklahoma. Two of the league's best glue guys will be on display Wednesday night in Lubbock, when Texas freshman guard Justin Mason and Texas Tech junior college transfer guard Charlie Burgess take the floor.

Longhorns shoot down Bears in close game
Daily Texan
There's absolutely no room for hesitation in this game. And that's one lesson sharpshooter A.J. Abrams learned a long time ago from his father. Now, it's paying off in huge dividends for the Longhorns (15-5, 5-1 Big 12). The sophomore guard finished the game with 22 points, hitting 6-of-11 3-pointers in Texas' 84-79 win over Baylor (11-9, 1-6) in front of 15,256 fans at the Erwin Center on Saturday.

Longhorns prove the team is not all about Durant
Daily Texan
All season long, people have come to think that Texas basketball is owned by Kevin Durant. But Saturday's 84-79 win over Baylor showed the world that, even though Durant scored 34 points, the show isn't run just by the freshman phenom.

Football recruiting:

Harris: Excited To Bring Title Back To Texas
The Texas Longhorns picked up two surprising commitments last week from in-state prospects Ian Harris and James Kirkendoll. Both kids quickly decommitted from their respective schools when Texas extended an offer. Harris and Kirkendoll were in Austin over the weekend to take their official visits. San Antonio Churchill product Harris talked about his trip to the 40 Acres.

Keon Furtch: Back from A&M Junior Day
Paris, Texas wide receiver Keon Furtch recently picked up his first scholarship offer early in the recruiting process. He has been invited to several junior days and was in College Station over the weekend for Texas A&M's junior day. Furtch talked recruiting with Inside Texas.

Florida, Texas leading the pack
San Antonio Express-News
The rich getting richer could easily be the theme for this year's recruiting season. With the exception of South Carolina and Illinois — yes, Illinois — the usual suspects all figure largely among the heaviest hitters.


UT beats alumni in annual game
Austin American-Statesman
They both have proven they can switch to wherever they're needed, to any spot that needs to be filled. Randy Boone can start, as he proved in 2005, and he can provide relief from the bullpen, as he showed last year. As for Bradley Suttle, the sophomore infielder can handle any infield position Texas wants him to play. Both Boone and Suttle showed their versatility Saturday during Texas' annual alumni baseball game. They flourished in their new roles during the Longhorns' 9-6 victory over the alumni squad at Dell Diamond.

Texas gets final tune up during alumni game
Daily Texan
Even though Saturday's alumni game at the Dell Diamond was just an exhibition, it was a game that Todd Gilfillan won't soon forget. First, Gilfillan hit a rare single off of former Longhorn Huston Street, who had a 3.31 ERA and 37 saves last season as the closer for the Oakland Athletics. "I really hope he makes the Hall of Fame, so I can tell my kids that I got a hit off of him," Gilfillan said. To cap things off, Gilfillan hit an in-the-park grand slam that slipped through the left fielder's glove in the ninth inning and pushed Texas to a 9-6 victory over the alumni squad.

Texas sets higher standard after last season's disappointment
Daily Texan
For the first time in years, nobody on Texas' baseball team is talking about building upon or repeating the previous season's success. That's because, by Texas standards, last season wasn't much of a success. For the first time since 2001, the Longhorns failed to make it to the College World Series. They didn't even make it out of the Austin Regional, losing to Stanford and N.C. State. The Longhorns start the season by hosting their fifth annual alumni game on Saturday at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock. The fan fest begins at 10 a.m. with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m.

Women's hoops:

Longhorns fall by 1 point at Texas Tech
Austin American-Statesman
It seemed an obvious personnel move for Texas coach Jody Conradt with just less than two minutes to play Saturday in her team's game against Texas Tech. With a seven-point lead, she ushered in star forward Tiffany Jackson, who had sat near Conradt on the bench for much of the game because of fouls. Yet, with Jackson on the court, the Longhorns' lead, which had been built mostly by a crew of four freshmen, quickly dwindled. The lead finally gave way when Tech senior forward Alesha Robertson picked up a loose ball and heaved in an open three-pointer with 6.1 seconds to go, propelling the Lady Raiders to an improbable 49-48 victory at United Spirit Arena.

Texas falls to Tech in razor-thin loss
Daily Texan
Trailing by one with 6.1 seconds remaining, Texas gave the ball to its superstar and hoped for a game-winning finish in Lubbock. Tiffany Jackson sprinted the length of the court, but missed the last-second attempt. Earnesia Williams grabbed the rebound but couldn't make the put-back, as the Longhorns fell to Texas Tech 49-48 on Saturday.


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