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Bring on the (NMSU) Aggies!
No. 4 seed Texas extends its school-record streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances to nine when it tips-off Friday evening against the Aggies (the New Mexico State variety) in Spokane, Washington.

Texas banks on spark from supporting cast
Austin American-Statesman
He has spent two seasons on the margins of college basketball, serving as a practice player, a cheerleader on the bench, a substitute for brief periods. Senior Craig Winder never attained a vital role with the Longhorns, but after he provided an infusion of energy that helped Texas win two games in the past week, the former junior college guard has elevated his status in time for the NCAA tournament.

Barnes' work this season has been masterful
Austin American-Statesman
When the Texas basketball team was dining out in a restaurant recently, a young woman approached and asked if Rick Barnes and his players were famous. "No," the Longhorns coach said, "I just drive the bus. (Actually) I'm not even driving it. I'm just riding." It's pretty obvious the ninth-year Texas boss is more than just a passenger on this runaway bus that evolved into one of the most dangerous teams in the nation. Tonight against New Mexico State, Barnes will steer his team into a first-round NCAA tournament game. As he does every March.

Texas basketball notes
Austin American-Statesman

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

D.J. gives Texas the right mix
Dallas Morning News
Texas' Kevin Durant gets all the headlines among the team's four starting freshmen. But Durant is the first to say D.J. Augustin is the most important player on the team.

Theus has other Aggies back, too
Dallas Morning News
Forget about a five-year plan. And don't listen to any men's basketball coach who tells you he needs that much time to get the job done. It takes two years, maybe three, to make a raggedy basketball program competitive and get into a postseason tournament. All you have to do is look at how Reggie Theus has resurrected New Mexico State.

Horns confident shots will fall
Dallas Morning News
Texas struggled to make shots during the Big 12 tournament. But the fourth-seeded Longhorns say they're not worried heading into today's first-round matchup with 13th-seeded New Mexico State.

UT-New Mexico State preview
Dallas Morning News

Longhorns entertain dreams of title run
San Antonio Express-News
Four years ago this March, Carmelo Anthony took the college basketball world by storm. Then just a freshman at Syracuse, Anthony loaded the Orange on his shoulders for the length of an entire NCAA tournament, lifting them to a youth-fueled national championship as thrilling as it was improbable. Watching it all unfold from his living room couch in the Washington, D.C., suburbs, a 14-year-old Kevin Durant was transfixed.

Longhorns Mailbag: The blogosphere h8ts Barnes, lol
San Antonio Express-News

Texas revved up by spark plug
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
It's no secret that Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes is accomplished in his profession. He's No. 2 on the Big 12 Conference's list of winningest coaches. He's taken teams to 12 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances -- with three programs -- and the NBA is becoming more and more populated with players who have played for him. So why has it taken him two years to recognize that Craig Winder is a player?

Barnes keeps expectations high despite inexperience
Houston Chronicle
Rick Barnes never has felt like he's operating a day care center, even though his Texas Longhorns were one of the youngest teams in the nation this season.

8 to watch: Kevin Durant
Spokane Review
The men's basketball tournament subregional in Spokane boasts two players, Texas' Kevin Durant and Oregon's Aaron Brooks, being touted as potential NCAA players of the year. Sports Illustrated listed them among six to watch in a story in early February. The most intriguing, perhaps, is Durant, who SI two weeks later featured in a cover story that placed him at the head of a freshman class the national publication touted as perhaps the finest in college basketball history.


The Greatest Bowl Victories in Texas History
Over the past two weeks, Inside Texas subscribers voted on the Top 10 in Texas football history in 10 different categories. The second entry in a daily release of the lists is the Top Ten Bowl Victories in the History of Texas Football.

Football recruiting:

A&M, Oklahoma and Texas getting a jump on top recruits
San Antonio Express-News
Barely five weeks removed from Signing Day 2007, college football coaches should take a brief moment to relax, right? Wrong. Not in the era of early commitments, not when those multimillion-dollar salaries hinge on how many talented teenagers they can convince to sign on the dotted line. Nowhere is the pressure to get a head start felt more than the Big 12. Texas A&M, forced to settle for leftovers during most of Dennis Franchione's tenure, has opened with a vengeance. Oklahoma has snuck into enemy territory and taken a major gulp from the Lone Star State's talent pool. And the Texas juggernaut is rolling toward what will almost certainly be another top-10 class.


Garrido one victory from No. 1,600
Austin American-Statesman
He paced back and forth, kicking the dirt and mumbling words under his breath, words not appropriate for print. It was shortly after the Texas Longhorns' season opener, a 6-5 loss to San Diego. Coach Augie Garrido was dealing with the loss, and it wasn't easy. Somehow, after 2,352 collegiate baseball games, the 68-year-old Texas coach still treats every game with fire and passion, like it's his first. That's one of the reasons Garrido will attempt to win his 1,600th game as a head coach today when the Longhorns open Big 12 play against Baylor.


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