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Stay up to date on all things Burnt Orange with a daily stop at IT's Longhorn Sports Page, with links to the latest news and opinion articles on UT football, basketball, baseball, recruiting and other sports from around the web.

Football recruiting:

2008 Recruiting Review
It's only February, but with 12 commits in for the Longhorns' 2008 Recruiting Class, it's already time for a look back at the players they've obtained commitments from and which prospects we predict will end up in Burnt Orange.

Cyrus Gray: Offers Rolling In
DeSoto's Cyrus Gray has been a very busy kid over the past few weeks. He attended junior days at Texas and Texas A&M each of the last two weekends. He already has seven scholarship offers and is expecting more in the next few days. However, Gray is keeping an open mind and letting other schools approach him before he makes a decision.

LaMichael James: Horns in the Mix?
Texarkana (Texas) Liberty-Eylau running back LaMichael James burst onto the scene during the playoffs. He helped lead his team to a huge first-round upset over the Gilmer Buckeyes on the way to a 3A state championship. James has been hearing from a number of schools, including Texas. The question is how does he feel about the Longhorns?

Inside the Class of '07: Tyrell Higgins
The 7th in a daily series of interviews and photo essays on members of the Longhorn Class of '07: defensive tackle Tyrell Higgins.


Oh, What a Knight! UT Hammers Tech
This time, it would not require an historic night from swingman Kevin Durant to lift Texas past Texas Tech. The No. 19/20 Longhorns handed Bob Knight's Red Raiders their most lopsided loss of the season with an 80-59 thumping in Austin Tuesday. This time, Texas got by with a little help (a lot of help, actually) from Durant's friends.

Photo Gallery - Texas Tech
In their best performance of the season, the Longhorns used a balanced attack on offense and swarming defense to crush Texas Tech and push their Big XII mark to 10-3.

Texas men trounce Texas Tech 80-51
Austin American-Statesman
So this is the gratitude that Rick Barnes shows his good friend. Texas Tech coach Bob Knight compliments Barnes every chance he gets. Knight saluted Barnes before the game when the Longhorns played in Lubbock last month. Knight shows Barnes enough love to make Tim Hardaway upset. And Barnes just keeps on beating him. On Tuesday, the 19th-ranked Longhorns defeated Tech 80-51 before 16,214 at the Erwin Center for their fifth straight victory over the Red Raiders. Barnes once again shows that he has Knight's number
Austin American-Statesman
Bob Knight has to be dying inside. Even more than those disappointed Time Warner cable subscribers who were denied a first half of basketball on Tuesday night. Remember when Bob would take thinly veiled potshots at arch-nemesis Lou Henson after Knight's once-beloved Indiana Hoosiers occasionally stumbled against Illinois back in the day? Knight can't do that against Rick Barnes. Why? Well, Bob likes Barnes.

Clockwork Orange: UT routs Tech
Dallas Morning News
Rick Barnes has beaten Bob Knight just about every way imaginable. In Lubbock. In Austin, and on a neutral floor. Using man-to-man and zone. Buzzer beaters and blowouts. Knight is 2-12 against the Longhorns, his worst record against any team in his Hall of Fame career. In Tuesday night's 80-51 dismantling by 19th-ranked Texas, Barnes found a new way to beat Knight: with a player Texas Tech coveted during the recruiting process – freshman guard Justin Mason of Amarillo Palo Duro.

UT too strong for Tech: Abrams leads balanced effort for No. 19 Longhorns
San Antonio Express-News
Earlier in the season, Texas coach Rick Barnes compared A.J. Abrams' defense to a piece of paper blowing in the wind. And he wasn't much more complimentary to his entire team during a recent slump. Abrams and the Longhorns answered their coach's harsh criticism with a lockdown performance Tuesday that had him smiling after an impressive 80-51 victory over Texas Tech.

Balanced Longhorns cruise
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
From time to time, though few have paid attention, Texas coach Rick Barnes and most every player on the roster -- including Kevin Durant -- has mentioned that the Longhorns are not a one-man team. The evidence continues to mount during separation month that what they've been saying is true. For the fourth consecutive game, Durant failed to post the monster scoring numbers the rest of the Big 12 came to expect the first five weeks of the conference season when he averaged more than 30 points per game. And for the fourth consecutive time, Texas won regardless. Five players contributed double-figure scoring Tuesday night as the 19th-ranked Longhorns (20-7, 10-3) ripped Texas Tech 80-51 and moved within a game of first-place Kansas.

Texas manhandles Texas Tech
Houston Chronicle
Bob Knight sat on the Texas Tech bench mostly quiet, occasionally shaking his head as he watched the Red Raiders suffer their most lopsided loss of the season Tuesday night. Knight, the all-time winningest men's coach in NCAA history, can't figure out the Texas Longhorns. The No. 19 Longhorns used solid defense and balanced scoring to beat Texas Tech 80-51 to remain in contention for the Big 12 title.

Texas routs the Raiders
Daily Texan
In the last meeting between Texas and Texas Tech, it was Kevin Durant who torched the Red Raiders. Last night, it was A.J. Abrams' turn. Abrams lit up the Red Raiders for 18 points - on 6-of-11 shooting from the field - as the Longhorns (20-7, 10-3 Big 12) beat Texas Tech 80-51 in front of 16,214 fans at the Erwin Center on Tuesday night.

Team effort shows up as five starters score in double-digits
Daily Texan
When arguably the best player in the country is the face of your team, it can be hard to get the teammates involved. Against Texas Tech, the Longhorns proved that a supporting cast can contribute more than just one player can, especially on defense.


Longhorns Smoke Bobcats in Disch Debut
Texas baseball cruised to a 7-1 win over the Texas State Bobcats in its home opener at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

No upset here: Horns down Bobcats
Austin American-Statesman
Texas State came into Tuesday's game against Texas with swagger. After all, these were the same Bobcats who took down Oklahoma in the season opener, then slipped by top-ranked Rice and swept Notre Dame. So much for the giant-killers. The Longhorns opened up partially renovated UFCU Disch-Falk Field by scoring a combined seven runs in the first two innings, cruising to a 7-1 victory over the Bobcats (8-3) in front of 4,382 people.

Texas baseball team slides home
Daily Texan
It was like a shot in the arm for Travis Tucker, whether he needed it or not. The sophomore transfer hit batted first for Texas on Tuesday, displacing usual leadoff man Nick Peoples. And after seeing just two pitches from Texas State starter B.J. Boening, Tucker felt the sting of getting hit by one, something that used to happen a lot to Peoples in the leadoff spot. "You get over it when you're on base," Tucker said. "The adrenaline gets pumping, which always helps." That promising start turned into three Texas runs. The No. 13 Longhorns (7-5) added four more in the second, giving them enough to coast to a 7-1 win over the Bobcats (8-3) at the opening of partially redone UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Women's hoops:

Tonight: Oklahoma State at Texas
Austin American-Statesman

Chances for tourney invite get slimmer as season nears end
Daily Texan
The regular season is swiftly coming to a close, and the Texas women's basketball team is running out of time to revitalize their season after going on a four game conference losing streak.


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