Tuesday Longhorn Sports Page

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Hoops:

D.J. Augustin to Return to Texas Next Season
InsideTexas.com
D.J. Augustin said Monday that he's 100 percent certain that he'll be returning to Texas next season. The freshman point guard also said he's not sure whether or not forward Kevin Durant will return, but does know which way the Big 12 Player of the Year is leaning.

Audio: Interview with Matt Hill
InsideTexas.com
Freshman forward Matt Hill talks with Inside Texas about his return from a foot injury, his team's preperation for the Big 12 tournament and more.

Durant leads Statesman's All-Big 12 team
Austin American-Statesman
Early last October, Kansas basketball coach Bill Self ran into an acquaintance at a Jayhawks football game. The conversation inevitably turned to hoops, specifically the impact Texas freshman Kevin Durant would have on the Big 12. "He's going to be the player of the year in this league," Self predicted confidently. "There's no doubt." "You mean rookie of the year?" he was asked. Nope, player of the year. C'mon, said the skeptic, who knew Durant only by reputation. "Just wait 'til you see him," replied Self, unable to suppress a smile. "Just wait. . . ." The wait was worth it. Fast forward five months. Durant is the rage of the college basketball world, and Bill Self doesn't want to say he told us so, but, well, he told us so.

Durant expects to be OK by Friday
Austin American-Statesman
Kevin Durant says he was "kind of shocked" as he fell to the court at Kansas on Saturday holding his injured left ankle. But the Longhorn freshman, who limped through the final seven minutes of the basketball game, said he is fine now and expects to be even better when it matters. That would be Friday, when Texas returns to competition against either Missouri or Baylor in the Big 12 tournament.

Kansas a No. 1 seed; Texas climbs to No. 4.
Austin American-Statesman

UT freshman Augustin says he'll be back
Dallas Morning News
Texas freshman point guard D.J. Augustin said Monday that he's definitely returning for his sophomore season.

Texas star Durant promises to be ready for Big 12 tournament
San Antonio Express-News
Rest easy, Texas basketball fans. UT freshman sensation Kevin Durant says he doesn't expect his twisted left ankle to hobble him at all heading into the Big 12 tournament later this week.

UT's Durant, OU's Paris turn in seasons rivaling best in history
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Take a good look at Texas' Kevin Durant and Oklahoma's Courtney Paris. What you'll see this season is something you might not see again. The two are having more than seasons that could be remembered. They're having seasons that will be.

Durant was spectacular, but others deserve recognition
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The easy way out? That's what it may appear at first glance after designating Kevin Durant as Player of the Year and Acie Law as the Most Valuable Player in the Big 12. But the crime would be in not giving recognition to two of the most exciting players in conference history. Leaving one out would be an unjustifiable slight.

Football:

Subscribers' Top 10: RBs & Bowl Victories
InsideTexas.com
We're letting Inside Texas subscribers vote on the Top 10 in UT history in 10 different catagories. The final tallies will be printed in the May issue of Inside Texas Magazine. Voting will be opened on two lists each day of this week. Today: Top Running Backs and Top Bowl Victories

Football recruiting:

In-Depth with Jeremy Hills
InsideTexas.com
Alief Elsik running back Jeremy Hills already has big shoes to fill. His older brother, Tony Hills, has more than held his own in Austin and on the Division I level. However, the name Hills will not leave the minds of Longhorn faithful when Tony's senior year comes to an end. They will have four more years to watch his little brother wearing Burnt Orange.

Texas LB Favors Five
InsideTexas.com
Spencer Reeves, a linebacker from Dallas, Texas, likes five schools right now. Reeves, 6-2 and 210 pounds, is sitting on four scholarship offers from K-State, Alabama, Purdue and Minnesota.

Inside the Class of '07: Keenan Robinson
InsideTexas.com
The 15th in a daily series of interviews and photo essays on members of the Longhorn Class of '07: linebacker Keenan Robinson.

Baseball:

Longhorns try to hex opposing pitchers
Daily Texan
In a game full of history and superstition, few things are as mystical as baseball's "2-2-2" rally. With two outs and a 2-2 count, players in the batter's dugout are taken over by an invisible, yet unstoppable, force aimed at bringing an unlikely hit. It's a combination of mystery and luck, unique to each team but as universal to the game as the bats the ritual is meant to empower.

Women's hoops:

Why Texas women will get NCAA invite
Austin American-Statesman
What do you do with a supposed national power that could miss the NCAA tournament for a second straight year? What do you think of a 2003 Final Four participant that's slipped from the upper echelon? What about that legendary coach who hasn't made it to the championship game since going 34-0 and winning it all 21 seasons ago? What about a program in decline that has posted a pedestrian 30-27 record over the past two seasons? Those are big questions that will be answered somewhere down the line, but here's one suggestion in the meantime. Put 'em in the tournament.

Big 12 women's preview: Texas vs. Missouri
Austin American-Statesman

UT's Conradt Keeps Straight Face
Dallas Morning News
After exhilarating wins, Jody Conradt is never too excited. After excruciating losses, she's even-tempered and unfailingly polite. And faced with tough questions about her future at Texas, the legendary coach offers a smile and carries herself with signature class. No one but perhaps Conradt knows when she will leave the program she built into a national power. But after Monday's practice at Cox Convention Center, she didn't sound like someone who plans on leaving the Longhorns anytime soon.

Longhorns hungry to return to Big Dance
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Texas women's basketball team knows it can't rely on the fact that it's hosting first- and second-round NCAA Tournament games. And the Longhorns aren't going to count on three Top 25 wins, including two vs. Top 10 teams, earning them a spot in the Big Dance, either. "We have to win, I don't think there's any question about it," Texas coach Jody Conradt said. "We have to fight for our playoff lives right here.

The final straw
Daily Texan
With the regular season in the rearview mirror, the old cliche about taking it one game at a time takes on a very literal interpretation for the Texas women's basketball team tonight. That's because the Longhorns (17-13, 6-10, Big 12) are frantically fighting for a spot in the NCAA tournament after losing six of their final seven games. To keep hope alive, No. 7 seed Texas needs to defeat No. 10 seed Missouri (17-12, 5-11) in their first round game of the Big 12 Championship tonight at 6 p.m.

Alumni:

Benson Finally Becomes the Starter
InsideTexas.com
Cedric Benson has wanted to be the primary ball-carrier in Chicago ever since he was drafted No. 4 overall back in 2005. He had to wait two full seasons, but he will finally get that chance in 2007. With Thomas Jones being traded to the New York Jets on Monday, Benson will be elevated to the top of the depth chart immediately.

Davis gets fresh start, record bonus in Dallas
San Antonio Express-News
If Leonard Davis blossoms into a Pro Bowler for the Dallas Cowboys, owner Jerry Jones might want to consider doing something for the offensive lineman's hometown of Wortham. The 6-foot-6, 366-pound Davis said Monday his decision to sign a free agent contract with the Cowboys rather than the Washington Redskins had everything to do with his desire to play closer to home.

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