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Kevin Durant Named First-Team All American
University of Texas freshman Kevin Durant was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-America First Team, the NABC announced Wednesday.

National awards: Durant counts 'em and racks 'em up
Way back in October, I visited Austin for a couple of days. Flew in on a Sunday morning, met with Rick Barnes in the afternoon. We talked about Kevin Durant for a good while, about his basketball skills and everything else. And though Barnes wouldn't come right out and say it, because he wanted to avoid delivering a disparaging remark about Greg Oden or Joakim Noah, it was clear the Texas coach didn't merely think he had a great prospect on campus. Barnes thought he had the best freshman, period. Barnes thought he had the best overall player, period. As it turned out, he couldn't have been more correct.

Mr. Bubble pops in to set us straight on college hoops
Austin American-Statesman

All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Team
Dallas Morning News

Big 12 Tournament Report
San Antonio Express-News

Durant easy selection as Big 12's best
Houston Chronicle
If this is Kevin Durant's only season in college, he's taking quite a collection of souvenirs with him. Durant, who led the Texas Longhorns within a victory of a share of the regular-season title, was named the Associated Press Big 12 player of the year on Wednesday. The 18-year-old also was named the league's freshman of the year.


Halftime: What do we know about the 07 Horns?
Texas football is at the midway point of spring training following Wednesday's scrimmage at Royal Memorial Stadium. With seven practices in the record book, coach Mack Brown already knows something about his current edition of Longhorns.

Subscribers' Top 10: Individual and VY Games
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 Vince Young Performances and Top Individual Game Performances (other than VY).

Football recruiting:

Inside the Class of '07: Foswhitt Whitaker
The 18th in a daily series of interviews & photo essays on the Class of '07: Pearland running back Foswhitt Whitaker.

Alfred Dupree: Getting Big Offers
Skyline's Alfred Dupree is one of the elite defensive ends in the Dallas area. It's no surprise that he has already received five offers from various schools. Dupree has yet to receive an offer from any of the ‘Big Three' in Texas, but is getting plenty of attention from other major programs, including three Big 10 schools.

Daniel Campbell Names Top Three
Daniel Campbell, from Houston-Aldine, Texas, is one of the top offensive lineman in the country for the class of 2008. Campbell has received several early scholarship offers, and he names his top three schools and overall favorite.

Women's hoops:

Oklahoma knocks Texas out of Big 12 tournament
Austin American-Statesman
Here's a quick glance at the telling numbers from Texas' 67-58 quarterfinal loss to eleventh-ranked Oklahoma Wednesday night, what could represent the Longhorns' final hardcourt appearance of the season.

OU works over UT outside and inside
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
It was hardly a typical start for Oklahoma or its center, Big 12 Player of the Year Courtney Paris, who took only four shots in the first half. While not quite normal, it was effective. The Sooners used the 3-pointer to take control early against Texas and then went inside, and combined with a smothering defensive effort, it led to a 67-58 victory Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament at the Cox Convention Center.

Longhorns fall short against OU
Daily Texan
With a crimson-clad crowd accounting for most of those in attendance at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City, Courtney Paris received the Big 12 Player of the Year award right before the game tipped off. And, in the second half, she proved that the honor was no fluke. Paris would score 11 of her game-high 17 points after halftime while grabbing 18 rebounds and blocking five shots as the Sooners defeated the Longhorns 67-58, eliminating them from the Big 12 Championship. The Longhorns (18-14, 6-10 Big 12) could have secured an NCAA tournament berth with a win, but instead they have put their fate into the hands of the tournament selection committee, who will release their picks on Monday.


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