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Texas Headed to Spokane with a No. 4 Seed
The Texas Longhorns will travel to Spokane, Wash. to take on the 13th seeded New Mexico State Aggies in their first round NCAA Tournament game.

Texas Falls in OT of the Big 12 Finals
The Kansas Jayhawks overcame 37 from Texas' Kevin Durant and won the Big 12 Conference Tournament in overtime on Sunday, securing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament in the process.

Texas heads West with hopes to go East
Austin American-Statesman
Texas, that precocious basketball team with four freshmen in its starting lineup, begins a journey Friday during which it finally will answer questions first posed months ago. Can the Longhorns replicate Syracuse? How about Michigan? The Longhorns, seeded No. 4 in the East Regional, will begin their NCAA tournament quest against No. 13 New Mexico State in Spokane, Wash. The winner faces either fifth-seeded Southern Cal or No. 12 Arkansas on Sunday.

Longhorns' focus now on bigger games
Austin American-Statesman
Forget the Big 12 tournament championship banner that Kansas can unfurl in an already cluttered Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks can have it. They earned it. Texas' Longhorns have bigger fish to fry, and we're not talking salmon in the Pacific Northwest. So do Bill Self's regular-season and tournament champions. Both teams should do well enough in the NCAAs that it is not altogether improbable they could meet again. Not likely since it would be in the national championship game, but possible. And a delicious fantasy, considering their last two meetings. But write this down right now. Texas is the most dangerous team in this 65-team pool.

Durant-led Longhorns next for upstart Aggies
Austin American-Statesman
New Mexico State coach Reggie Theus was asked Sunday if the Aggies have faced any player this season that reminds him of Texas super freshman Kevin Durant. Theus lowered his head and thought hard. No name came forth. "What he can do far exceeds what he can't do," said Theus. "He's potent offensively and athletic and just does so many things." New Mexico State (25-8), back in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1999, will take on No. 4 seed Texas (24-9) Friday in Spokane. The Aggies, winners of the Western Athletic Conference tournament, are the No. 13 seed in the East Regional.

Matchup: Texas vs. New Mexico State
Austin American-Statesman

Kansas' comeback nets Big 12 title
Dallas Morning News
Kansas finally made free throws when it mattered, and forward Brandon Rush did the unthinkable – neutralizing Texas freshman Kevin Durant – as the second-ranked Jayhawks erased a 22-point deficit and won, 88-84, Sunday in the first Big 12 championship game to go overtime.

Durant piling on records
Dallas Morning News
Chalk up another impressive feat for UT freshman Kevin Durant. He basically rewrote the record book while capturing Most Outstanding Player honors at the Big 12 tournament. With a 37-point outing against Kansas, Durant smashed the tournament record for scoring. He piled up 92 points in three games. Iowa State's Marcus Fizer had 79 points in three games during the 2000 tournament. Durant also broke records for field goals made (31) and attempted (78).

From predictable final to anyone's guess
Dallas Morning News
In the interests of speeding up the learning curve, the following are thumbnail sketches of the four Big 12 teams still standing as they relate to the rest of the field: Blue chip: Kansas. Scariest: Texas. Classic: Texas A&M. Staying for the weekend: Texas Tech.

Vince dribbles: Why anything is still possible
San Antonio Express-News
One question for Texas. Why not? Why not, when only a back-rim jumper stopped you from beating a No. 1 seed Sunday? Why not, when your bracket isn't scary? Why not, when Kevin Durant looks like the most amazing athlete you have seen since, well, the 2006 Rose Bowl? Why not?

Kansas trumps Texas again
San Antonio Express-News
After one of the most thrilling Big 12 tournament title games in history, Bill Self showered superlatives on Texas superstar Kevin Durant on Sunday. "He's the best I've ever seen," the Kansas coach said. Self saved the rest of his praise for his own players, however, after the biggest comeback in Big 12 tournament history. The Jayhawks scrubbed out a 22-point deficit in defeating the Longhorns 88-84 in overtime in front of 18,879 fans at the Ford Center.

Young Longhorns say they're prepared
San Antonio Express-News
All season long, the Texas Longhorns have bucked the perception that a team overflowing with freshmen can't compete among the elite. They aren't about to stop their fight against ageism now. Not long after their startling Big 12 tournament run ended with a hard-fought overtime loss to Kansas in Sunday's title game, the Longhorns learned they had secured a No. 4 seed in the East Regional of the NCAA tournament. UT will square off against 13th-seeded New Mexico State in the first round Friday in Spokane, Wash.

Big finish for underrated Big 12
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
At the end of the day, the Kansas Jayhawks, as roundly expected, were headed home Sunday with the Big 12 tournament trophy, the souvenir nets from the Ford Center, an NCAA No. 1 seeding, and 15 seconds of quality postgame face time on the CBS selection show. Coach Bill Self was also taking home an afternoon-long headache. "To be honest with you," Self confessed after his Jayhawks had outlasted Texas in overtime 88-84, "I'm pretty worn out right now. "I'm worn out. I'm tired. I think our players are, too."

Texas lets No. 2 Kansas off the hook
Houston Chronicle
With another shot at taking home a championship, the Texas Longhorns left town empty-handed Sunday. Or did they? Blowing a 22-point lead in an 88-84 overtime loss to second-ranked Kansas in the Big 12 tournament final notwithstanding, the No. 15 Longhorns head into the NCAA Tournament battle-tested after all three of their games over the weekend weren't decided until the closing minutes.

Football recruiting:

Top Texas DT Has OSU In Top Two
Jarvis Humphrey of Cedar Hill, Texas is considered one of the top defensive tackle prospects in Texas and the nation. The 6-2, 290-pound Humphrey helped the Longhorns win the Class 5A state championship this past season and has proven that he is a major load for any offense to deal with inside.

Texas receiver checks out Norman
Spring, Texas wide receiver DeSean Hales talks about his visit to Oklahoma for Junior Day.

The best in Texas is a Sooner
Van, Texas running back Jermie Calhoun talks about his commitment to Oklahoma.


Krebs has another good game for Horns
Austin American-Statesman
Joseph Krebs is happy. It's not just how he's throwing the ball. It's not just his consistency. Krebs, the Texas Longhorns' best relief pitcher throughout the season, is comfortable with the way everything is going right now. He proved that again Sunday as he came on in relief to pitch 2 1/3 innings and help the Longhorns beat Miami University 10-4 in a five-inning, rain-shortened game at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. Texas won the final two games of the series after dropping the opener Friday.


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