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Hoops:

Texas Tops A&M in Double-OT Thriller
InsideTexas.com
It had been more than a quarter-century since a Texas-Texas A&M basketball game mattered as much as Wednesday's instant classic in Austin. And it may be another 25 years before the in-state rivals can top Texas' 98-96 double-overtime nail-biter win for high drama, sheer adrenalin, heart and hustle.

Young Longhorns edge Aggies in two overtimes
Austin American-Statesman
They do not regard themselves as freshmen anymore, this precocious group of young Longhorns. "I don't think we've got a classification," Kevin Durant said. Actually, they do. Call them inspired, resilient and one of those teams hitting its stride as the postseason approaches. Call the 15th-ranked Longhorns 98-96 winners over No. 7 Texas A&M Wednesday in two overtimes, a victory witnessed by 16,755 fans, the first full house in the Erwin Center this season.

Durant, Law each make strong case for Big 12 player of the year
Austin American-Statesman
To recap Wednesday night's thrilling, deflating, exhilarating, one-for-the-ages basketball game in the Erwin Center in a word: phew. Which is pretty much the same reaction most have when watching Kevin Durant and Acie Law IV play. They both take your breath away. And speaking for all Longhorns fans everywhere, let me say we're all glad there's not an Acie Law V. In what had to qualify as one of the best games ever played in this arena, Texas hung on for a 98-96 double-overtime, double-coronary victory over Texas A&M to put it within one win of a totally improbable Big 12 title.

A&M's Law clutch even in defeat
Austin American-Statesman
Acie Law did nothing Wednesday night to harm his reputation as one of the most clutch players in the country. But that was no consolation to Texas A&M's senior guard. As he slowly made his way off the Erwin Center court after the Aggies' 98-96 loss to Texas, he momentarily pulled his sweat-soaked maroon jersey over his head, aware of, but not comforted by, the compliments being offered by UT fans.

Two good: UT over A&M this time
Dallas Morning News
There couldn't have been more on the line in Wednesday night's bigger-than-life showdown between seventh-ranked Texas A&M and 15th-ranked Texas. The driver's seat for the Big 12 regular-season title, conference player of the year and maybe even Big 12 coach of the year. Just for dramatic effect, the state's two most heated rivals played two overtimes, raised the stakes with one unbelievable shot after another in Texas' 98-96 double-overtime win and left the 16,755 at the Erwin Center and a national television audience knowing they watched something magical.

Freshman Durant in a class all his own
Dallas Morning News
It is one of those things that you want to see in person at least one time, or you know you have missed something special. Tiger at Augusta. Favre at Lambeau. Durant in Austin. I'm not kidding. There never has been a Texas basketball player quite like Kevin Durant. For all we can tell, there never has been a freshman basketball player anywhere quite like Kevin Durant. As the Longhorns put themselves in position to play for the Big 12 regular season title Saturday in Kansas with a 98-96 double overtime win over Texas A&M Wednesday, Durant was ordinary. That is to say, he was special as he has been almost every night of what is almost certain to be a one-year college career.

Durant, Horns stop Law, Aggies in double OT
San Antonio Express-News
The buzzer sounded close to 11 o'clock late Wednesday night on yet another Texas-Texas A&M clash for the ages. The No. 15 Longhorns had survived two overtimes, a mind-boggling rash of late-game fumbles, two vintage Acie-Law-in-the-clutch moments and a missed tip-in at the ultimate horn to come away — finally — with a 98-96 victory over seventh-ranked Texas A&M.

In dreams, UT and Ags just starting
San Antonio Express-News
One dream tournament match is to slot Texas against Ohio State. A few fans and scouts may want to see that. Another is to unleash The Acie Law Late Show on, say, Duke in prime time. But the best would be to box up Wednesday night and move it to late March. Anyone for a regional final between Texas and Texas A&M?

Durant Watch
San Antonio Express-News

Law's strong game can't save Aggies
San Antonio Express-News
A drained Acie Law slowly walked off the Erwin Center court, the strains of the "Eyes of Texas" pounding in his ears and thousands of "Hook 'em Horns" pointed in his direction from an ecstatic, exhausted crowd. As Law reached the tunnel following Texas's 98-96 double-overtime victory over seventh-ranked Texas A&M on Wednesday, a few appreciative orange-clad fans offered up congratulations on a game well played for the senior from Dallas. "He's a great player," UT guard D.J. Augustin said of A&M's All-America candidate. "He takes over at the end of the game." Law scored a season-high 33 points, including 27 in the second half and two overtimes. However, it wasn't enough as A&M failed to claim a season sweep of UT.

Eyes of Texas on the title
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
As improbable as it might seem, the Texas Longhorns, with their four freshmen starters, are on the doorstep of snaring a share of the Big 12 regular-season championship. So are the Texas A&M Aggies. And so are the Kansas Jayhawks. A three-way tie for the regular-season conference championship became a real possibility Wednesday night when Kevin Durant and the 15th-ranked Longhorns outlasted Acie Law and the No. 7 Aggies 98-96 in double overtime.

UT-A&M now a rivalry that's among best
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
There has never, ever been the anticipation for a basketball game between Texas and Texas A&M like there was for this one. And Texas' double-overtime 98-96 victory lived up to every word written about it.

UT doubles its pleasure
Houston Chronicle
The Texas Longhorns absorbed every potentially crushing, demoralizing knockout punch thrown by Acie Law. There was the improbable 24-footer — over the outstretched arms of 6-9 Kevin Durant — with 1.4 seconds left to tie the game at the end of regulation. There was another 3-pointer by Law with 26.3 seconds remaining to force a second overtime. Each time, the not-so-young-anymore Longhorns picked themselves off the mat. "We took some body blows the whole game," Durant said. The No. 15 Longhorns survived a season-high 33 points from Law to upset seventh-ranked Texas A&M 98-96 in double overtime Wednesday night to move within one victory of a share of the Big 12 regular-season title.

Law makes case for Player of the Year
Houston Chronicle
While the debate over the Big 12 Player of Year ensues, Texas A&M's Acie Law has made his choice. He paid the ultimate respect to Texas freshman Kevin Durant in person Tuesday night. "Whenever you are putting up 28 (points) and 12 (rebounds) as a freshman, it's hands down," Law said. "I will leave that to the voters, and whatever happens happens." But then the senior point guard went out Wednesday night and did everything he could to sway the voters to his side, putting forth another clutch performance that fell just short in A&M's 98-96 double-overtime loss to the Longhorns at the Erwin Center.

Rivals push one another into a classic
Daily Texan
Games like this just drive players crazy sometimes. All the last-second shots make them cringe more and more each time. You begin to wonder if it's ever going to end. "Watching these games, it just makes you sick seeing all those shots go in," Texas point guard D.J. Augustin said. But at least the No. 15 Texas Longhorns (22-7, 12-3 Big 12) can enjoy this classic a little more. Texas endured two gut-wrenching overtime periods against No. 7 Texas A&M (24-5, 12-3) to come away with a 98-96 win in front of 16,755 fans at the Erwin Center on Wednesday night.

Longhorns overcome numbers to beat Aggies at home in front of 16,755
Daily Texan
The odds were stacked against Texas, and the final numbers would never have shown the Longhorns coming out on top. But then again, this was not your normal game. Though No. 15 Texas went into its matchup against the No. 7 Aggies as the underdog, at no point in the game did the Longhorns feel like they weren't supposed to win.

Texas beats A&M men in double overtime
Bryan-College Station Eagle
t the end of the second overtime, Texas A&M's Acie Law IV finally had to miss a shot for the Aggies to have a chance to win. Law hit two 3-pointers to extend the game, the first at the end of regulation and a second near the end of the first overtime period. But with 1 second left in the second overtime period, Law purposely fired his free-throw attempt hard against the backboard to give teammates Bryan Davis and Chinemelu Elonu an opportunity to tip it in and send the game to a third overtime. With at least seven bodies jammed in the lane, Elonu grabbed the ball and tossed it toward the basket as quickly as he could. It never had a chance, though, and the Texas Longhorns (22-7, 11-3 Big 12) extended their chances at gaining a share of the Big 12 Conference title along with A&M and Kansas with a 98-96 double-overtime victory.

Football:

Texas football notebook
Austin American-Statesman

Longhorn newcomers strap on the pads
Daily Texan
Recess is over for the Longhorns. Texas traded in the shorts for shoulder pads Wednesday for their first full-contact practice of the spring. While coach Mack Brown is excited, he also realizes what his team still has to accomplish before the Spring Jamboree intrasquad scrimmage on March 31.

Football recruiting:

Inside the Class of '07: James Kirkendoll
InsideTexas.com
The 13th in a daily series of interviews and photo essays on members of the Longhorn Class of '07: wide receiver James Kirkendoll.

Women's hoops:

Aggies hold off Horns to nail down Big 12 crown
Austin American-Statesman
The NCAA tournament fate of the Texas women's basketball team might have come down to the final two minutes of the regular season Wednesday night. And for a spell, the Longhorns were getting the type of plays needed for an underdog to topple a potential Big 12 champion playing on its home court. Earnesia Williams stole the ball from Aggies forward Danielle Gant, with Tiffany Jackson throwing a long pass downcourt to set up Erneisha Bailey's layup, bringing the score to 61-58. On Texas A&M's subsequent possession, Jackson guessed correctly as she prowled the path of point guard A'quonesia Franklin, flopping hard and drawing a charge. But Carla Cortijo missed an open three-pointer with a 1:17 to play, and the Aggies were a perfect 6 of 6 from the free-throw line in the final 57 seconds to preserve a 67-60 victory.

Longhorns hang tough, but fall short against A&M
Daily Texan
The championship banners dropped from the rafters in College Station, signifying a conference championship for Texas A&M and another disappointing defeat for Texas. The Longhorns fell to the No. 14 Aggies 67-60 in their season finale, as A'Quonesia Franklin scored 27 points and torched Texas from the perimeter with four 3-pointers.

Longhorns now need to win Big 12 tournament in order to claim NCAA berth
Daily Texan
The women's NCAA tournament has an opening round of play in Austin this season, but it looks like the Longhorns won't be around to play host. Barring an improbable Big 12 tournament run, the Longhorns' chance for a spot in the NCAA tournament probably disappeared with their 67-60 loss to Texas A&M on Wednesday night.

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