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Audio: Clendon Ross on ESPN Radio
Inside Texas' Clendon Ross joins ESPN Radio's Kevin Scott and A.J. Hoffman on the Beatdown to talk about the Big 12 Tournament, if Durant is coming back and 2008, and even a little 2009, football recruiting.

Freshman rule benefits players, colleges, NBA
Austin American-Statesman
Eighteen-year-old Kevin Durant is here with the rest of his Texas teammates prepping for the Big 12 basketball tournament instead of grabbing a few minutes in Atlanta or Portland or some other NBA outpost. And he is all the better off for it. As is Texas. As is college basketball.

Can Mason be a missing piece for Texas?
Austin American-Statesman
Rick Barnes can accept the missed shot, the three-pointer by Justin Mason that could have tied the game at Kansas last week with 15 seconds left. Mason was wide open. What Barnes cannot abide is when the freshman guard declines an opportunity like that one, which he recently had been doing.

Horns schedule games with Wisconsin, Michigan State
Austin American-Statesman
The Longhorns have agreed to a home-and-home series of basketball games with Wisconsin, beginning next season in Austin... Texas also will face Texas Christian in Austin and will begin a four-year series with Michigan State, the first game to be held at the Palace of Auburn Hills near Detroit.

UT-Baylor preview
Dallas Morning News

The one question we can't answer
San Antonio Express-News
What to make of Texas. On the one hand, the Longhorns are the team that nobody in the field of 64 (or 65, whatever) wants to face. When Kevin Durant and company gets hot, there's not a team in America – and we're including the Boston Celtics here -- with which the Longhorns can't hang. See the first half of last week's UT-Kansas game for proof of that. On the other hand, the Longhorns start four freshmen and a sophomore. They have a tendency to go into brain lock for significant stretches of big games. The UT bench isn't very deep, so it can be difficult for Kevin Durant and company to play at an elite level for 40 consecutive minutes.

Sizing up
Daily Texan
As soon as Texas guard A.J. Abrams saw his father enter the Erwin Center, he was all smiles. It's hard not to laugh after hearing some of the things his father had to say.


Subscriber Top 10: Road Wins & Controversies
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 Road Wins and Top Controversies.

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Inside the Class of '07: Michael Wilcoxon
The 19th in a daily series of interviews & photo essays on the Class of '07: Aledo defensive tackle Michael Wilcoxon.

Big 12 Battle For Humphrey
Cedar Hill DT Jarvis Humphrey has become one of the most talked about prospects over the last couple of weeks. He has already visited Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma at their respective junior days. His final visit is set for this weekend in Stillwater. Humphrey has narrowed his choices down to these four Big 12 programs. Who is in the lead for this future star and where do the others stack up?


Prince is a pleasant surprise
Austin American-Statesman
Josh Prince caught Augie Garrido off guard. When talking about the emergence of the freshman shortstop, the Texas baseball coach said, "I'm surprised — and I don't like to use that word — but I'm pleasantly surprised at his maturity in the game of baseball and his decision-making, whether it's on defense or offense." In other words, the Texas Longhorns think they've finally found their starting shortstop.

Longhorns seeing consistency in starting lineup, rotation
Daily Texan
With the conference opener against Baylor just a week away, Texas baseball head coach Augie Garrido is grateful that he no longer has to switch players and positions on a daily basis.

Runs and consistent pitching validate Texas' top-15 rank
Daily Texan
I was asked recently why the Longhorns, a 13-6 team whose only big wins have come against an underachieving Stanford, are still a top-15 team. It's a very legitimate question, considering the only other team with six losses ranked higher than Texas is Rice, a team who is always given the benefit of the doubt. The Longhorns, on the other hand, aren't in great favor this season after last year's meltdown on their home turf at the NCAA Regional. To add to the bitter taste, Texas dropped their first two series of the season again. So why are the pollsters giving Texas any leeway this season?


Hooker sets heart on collegiate record
San Antonio Express-News
The pieces are in place for Destinee Hooker. She's fine-tuned her run-up. Worked on her speed. Steadied her plant foot. In practice over the last two weeks, the third-semester Texas sophomore has mastered all the elements needed to break the collegiate high jump record of 6 feet, 6 inches today at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships save one — she hasn't high jumped.

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