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Junior Day Review
Texas hosted many of the state's top junior prospects Sunday at its first of two Junior Days. Nine prospects offered their verbal pledge while several others received offers from the Longhorn staff.

Nine choose Longhorns on Sunday
Austin American-Statesman
The University of Texas football team picked up nine verbal commitments on Sunday, with four coming from Central Texas.


Texas men hope for better result this time against Oklahoma State
Austin American-Statesman
ESPN deemed it worthy of Instant Classic status, but the Longhorns would come to think of their performance in less flattering terms. Oklahoma State defeated Texas 105-103 in three overtimes on Jan. 16 in Stillwater. Mario Boggan totaled 37 points — including the game-winning trey — and 20 rebounds. Kevin Durant produced 37 and 12 for Texas, introducing himself to those fans who come late to college basketball when football is over. Longhorns coach Rick Barnes praised his players' effort after the game, but it turned out he just didn't want to add a sting to fresh wounds. Two days later, Barnes offered a withering appraisal of his team.

The rematch: A look back at the Thrilla in Stilla
Austin American-Statesman
Almost a month ago, back on Jan. 16, Texas travelled to Oklahoma State for what became a three-overtime thriller — an instant classic, as decreed by ESPN. Back then, Austin was frozen under a thin blanket of ice, Bill Parcells was still the coach of the Cowboys and astronauts were still known for flying to the moon instead of driving to Orlando. And between them, Texas and Oklahoma State had lost just one Big 12 game. Things have changed. Texas has dropped out of the AP Top 25, and Oklahoma State has dropped to sixth in the Big 12. Tonight, those two teams meet again. Can the sequel in Austin be nearly as good as the original in Stillwater?

Game preview
Austin American-Statesman

Rematch with OSU big for Texas
Dallas Morning News

Durant set for Round 2 vs. OSU
San Antonio Express-News
Texas freshman Kevin Durant doesn't remember much about the day last month when he became a household name. He can't really recall any of the 37 points he scored. He can't recollect the clutch three-point play he finished that nearly won the game. He can't recall a single second of regulation, much less the ensuing trifecta of overtimes. Oklahoma State's 105-103 victory over UT on Jan. 15 is sure to go down as one of the most memorable games in Big 12 history. Twenty-seven days later, Durant retains only one lasting memory of it. "All I remember," Durant said, "is that we lost."

Instant classic worthy of replay
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Oklahoma State's triple-overtime victory over Texas catapulted both programs and their top players into the national spotlight. A month later finds both teams less concerned about acclaim than jockeying for seeds in the Big 12 and building NCAA Tournament résumés. The outcome of tonight's rematch in Austin looms large for the Cowboys (19-5, 5-4 Big 12) and Longhorns (17-7, 7-3).

And now for their next number ...
Houston Chronicle
A lot has changed for both teams since the Jan. 16 meeting at Stillwater, Okla. Considered among the teams to beat at the start of conference play, the unranked Longhorns (17-7, 7-3) and the No. 17 Cowboys (19-5, 5-4) are playing for survival in the Big 12 race entering tonight's nationally televised rematch at the Erwin Center. Both teams snapped two-game losing streaks Saturday.

An education in training
Daily Texan
Things just aren't the same for Dexter Pittman anymore. With everything Pittman has gone through since the beginning of last summer, everything is beginning to change - and it's all for the better. His diet. The sizes of his clothes. He's even been through a few different nicknames too. And this time, Pittman might want this name to stick.

Coach had interesting path to Texas
Daily Texan
Scan through the pages of "Basketball for Dummies," and you might come across a familiar name in the strength and conditioning chapter. Todd Wright, Texas basketball's strength and conditioning coach, wrote a chapter for the book just a year after he began coaching. But despite what you might think, Wright hasn't always been one of the nation's top basketball training gurus. Wright's road to Austin has been as unconventional as his training style.


Horns salvage series finale against Dirtbags
Austin American-Statesman
James Russell's scream said it all. If you thought the Longhorns would give up, if you thought they would wilt or lose their fire after losing back-to-back heartbreakers, you were wrong. After getting out of a jam in the bottom of the sixth inning, Russell came off the field skipping and screaming in the middle of Texas' 2-1 win over Long Beach State on Sunday at Blair Field.

Baseball loses 2-of-3 in California
Daily Texan
After witnessing the bullpen break down in the bottom of the ninth, allowing the Long Beach State Dirtbags to beat Texas 7-6 on Friday, starting pitcher Randy Boone knew where he was needed. He had to be the closer.


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