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Second Round Exit for Texas
Despite 30 points from Kevin Durant, the Texas Longhorns lost to fifth-seeded USC 87-68 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament as the Trojans control nearly every aspect of the game.

Southern Cal delivers knockout punch to Texas
Austin American-Statesman
Kevin Durant's one-year obligation to college basketball ended in frustration Sunday. Durant scored 30 points, but the Longhorns, seeded fourth in the NCAA Tournament East Regional, were blasted by No. 5 Southern California 87-68 in Spokane Arena. The Trojans will meet No. 1-seeded North Carolina on Friday in East Rutherford, N.J. After the game, Durant, the 6-foot-9-inch freshman declined to discuss the timetable or process by which he will determine whether to return next season or opt for the NBA. The deadline to submit his name for the draft is April 29.

Loss may not end Durant's UT days
Austin American-Statesman
As the seconds ticked off the clock, Kevin Durant pulled his jersey out of his shorts and walked somberly toward the Texas bench in sad resignation that one of the greatest seasons in college basketball had come to an end. He didn't want it to end this way. And there is a chance his college career might not have to.

Barnes denies interest in Kentucky
Austin American-Statesman
Forget any of those rumors that Texas Coach Rick Barnes may be headed to Kentucky if the Wildcats fire Tubby Smith. "I don't want any other college job," Barnes said after his fourth-seeded Longhorn team was ousted from the NCAA tournament in the second round, thrashed by fifth-seeded Southern California 87-68.

So long, Horns: USC beats UT
Dallas Morning News
Kevin Durant didn't want his team's season and possibly his college career to end. He kept clapping his hands, telling his teammates they could come back. He patted them on the head and told them to shake it off when they turned the ball over or missed a wide open shot. He tried to spur them on during timeouts. But all the brashness of youth displayed by Texas in classic games this season against Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Kansas was nowhere to be found at Spokane Arena on Sunday.

Say Goodbye to Durant, Texas
Dallas Morning News
It was supposed to end with confetti showers and comparisons to Carmelo Anthony – not the Longhorns' worst loss of the season. We all knew it was going to take a string of superlative performances by Kevin Durant for Texas to make a magical NCAA Tournament run, but the Longhorns couldn't even make it out of the first weekend. USC 87, Texas 68. Now, we must confront the reality that Durant's fantastic 35-game career at UT is over. There's no need for him to come back, though selfishly we'd love to see him up close for another season. He's done all he can do in Austin.

Durant unsure of plans
Dallas Morning News
All the cameras and microphones gathered around Texas freshman Kevin Durant in the locker room after Sunday's NCAA Tournament loss to USC. But Durant wasn't giving any hints as to whether he'll return to Texas or jump to the NBA.

Longhorns exit meekly at hands of Trojans
San Antonio Express-News
With six minutes left in a bloody Sunday that had rapidly gone from bad to worse for the Texas Longhorns, a resolute Kevin Durant emerged from a timeout, clapping his hands and beseeching his teammates. "Let's go," Texas' star freshman barked. "Let's go!" That was the problem for the fourth-seeded Longhorns during Southern California's brutally efficient 87-68 thumping of them in the second round of the NCAA East Regional at Spokane Arena. There was just nowhere for them to go.

If this was it, Texas will have as much regret as admiration
San Antonio Express-News
His last shot went in and out, which is fitting. Kevin Durant, if he opts to become a millionaire this spring, would have been in and out of Austin just as quickly. He would have been in as a godsend and out as a tease. He would have shown the world how to both play and act, and he would have shown Texas what could have been. And in his final half, surrounded on the court by Lilliputian Longhorns who all stood 6-foot-2 and under, Durant amazed and at the same time looked out of place on this level. In as a vision of hoop perfection. Out with Texas feeling regret.

Southern Cal hammers Texas
Houston Chronicle
After burying a 3-pointer early in the second half to thwart a Texas rally, Southern California's Nick Young backpedaled downcourt and nearly fell from a celebratory push by teammate Daniel Hackett. That was nothing compared to the shove the Trojans gave to knock the Longhorns out of the NCAA Tournament. Kevin Durant and A.J. Abrams combined for 50 points, but fourth-seeded Texas couldn't compensate for a lack of scoring help in an 87-68 loss to No. 5 seed USC on Sunday in the second round at Spokane Arena.

Young Horns finally blink
Houston Chronicle
Rick Barnes got outcoached by Tim Floyd. That's where this blowout began. Barnes probably couldn't have prevented what happened here Sunday afternoon, but he might have made it interesting. At least Texas might not have lost to USC 87-68.

Durant's future up in the air
Houston Chronicle
Has Kevin Durant played his last game for the Texas Longhorns?

Longhorns falter in Washington
Daily Texan
Nick Young couldn't control his excitement. Even as he walked up to the podium for interviews, he couldn't stop cheering. From the first question to the last, the Southern California forward wore the same broad grin. And near the end of the interview session, Young had to let it all out. "New Jersey, New Jersey, never been there," Young said. "I'm excited about that." Young and the rest of the No. 5-seeded Trojans (25-11) are headed to the Sweet 16 in East Rutherford, N.J., after handing No. 4 seed Texas (25-10) an 87-68 loss in front of 11,551 fans at Spokane Arena.

Durant not ready to make decision
Daily Texan
The end of a season brought only questions for Kevin Durant. With perhaps the greatest individual year for a college freshman now in the record books, Kevin Durant was swarmed with questions of whether he wanted to leave for the NBA or come back for his sophomore season. But with the bitterness of an 87-68 loss to Southern California still in his mind, Durant was not ready to appease the curiosity, and politely deflected all the questions.

Football recruiting:

Behind the Line
Linebacker Lynn Katoa has seven scholarship offers, but his clear-cut favorite, Texas, hasn't offered yet. The Longhorns lead solidly for Katoa over Colorado, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and USC. Of those, only Texas and USC have not offered. He also said he has offers from Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, BYU and Utah.

Alfred Dupree: Connected
The Sooners lead slightly over LSU, Minnesota, Kansas State and Texas. The Longhorns are Dupree's childhood favorite. "I used to watch them every week," he said. "Me and my brothers liked them a lot."


Texas beats Baylor again
Austin American-Statesman
Kyle Russell is all talk. He hits a home run . . . because he closed his eyes. He hits a second home run . . . because he got lucky. Is it time for Russell to admit he's just good? "Nope, I squeezed hard to shut my eyes," Russell joked Sunday after completing his fourth multi-homer game of the season. The sophomore might not want to admit it, but his four home runs in Texas' three-game sweep of Baylor were key, especially the two he hit Sunday in the Longhorns' 8-3 victory at Baylor Ballpark.

Longhorns almost perfect over break behind Russell's big bat
Daily Texan
wice this season, Kyle Russell has been called out for base-running mistakes. Both times Russell hit bombs into the outfield and inadvertently passed the other runner on first, ruining a perfectly good hit. Russell doesn't have to worry about running the bases much anymore. Most of the time, he can just jog. Since spring break began, Russell has hit seven home runs in as many games, pushing his current season total to 13.


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