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Augustin and the Horns Roll UNT
Inside Texas
After Texas put up a historic win over No. 1 UCLA at Pauly Pavilion, there was still no overlooking North Texas as D.J. Augustin dropped 29 points and 10 assists to lead UT over the visiting Mean Green, 88-72.

Augustin leads Horns over North Texas
Austin American-Statesman
Here's how Rick Barnes rewarded his players for a victory at UCLA, a No. 4 national ranking, a job well done: He made them watch extra tape of their mistakes. Never one to abide complacency, Barnes turned the usual 45-minute session into one that lasted two hours Tuesday night. Message taken, for the most part. The Longhorns jumped all over the University of North Texas, withstood a second-half push by the Mean Green, and sent them home to Denton with an 88-72 defeat Wednesday in front of 7,357 fans in the Erwin Center.

Texas roughing up opponents
Austin American-Statesman
During a second-half timeout, Texas point guard D.J. Augustin required some impromptu medical aid for a cut under his left eye that necessitated three stitches. But you should see the other guy. In this most astounding season, the other guy has always looked worse for wear. Augustin's bandage aside, the fourth-ranked Longhorns have come out looking better in every game this early basketball season.

Texas stays undefeated with win over UNT
Dallas Morning News
Texas coach Rick Barnes thought he would learn as much about his fourth-ranked team playing defending Sun Belt Tournament champion North Texas on Wednesday night as he did when the Longhorns upset then-No. 2 UCLA on Sunday. That may sound crazy. But Barnes wanted to see if his team could get up for a mid-major opponent the way it did against the Bruins. His answer was an 88-72 victory in front of 7,357 at the Erwin Center that looked like a runaway until the Mean Green cut a 24-point deficit to 64-55 with 9:56 to play.

Longhorns race past North Texas
San Antonio Express-News
Rick Barnes didn't hesitate to voice his concern over Wednesday night's game against North Texas. After upsetting Oklahoma State and coming back from a 21-point deficit to defeat New Mexico State, the Mean Green, Barnes felt, would help reveal just as much about his Longhorns as their victory Sunday against UCLA. And the test at the Erwin Center wasn't much different than the one three days ago. The fourth-ranked Longhorns built an early double-digit lead only to watch it get whittled down before their eyes, then they came up with some clutch plays down the stretch for an 88-72 victory.

'Horns' extra work continues to pay off
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas coach Rick Barnes repeatedly has stressed there is not one of his returning players who did not improve his game during the off-season. Damion James and A.J. Abrams both offered mini-demonstrations of what he was talking about with a pair of rally-killing shots in the No. 4 Longhorns' 88-72 victory over North Texas on Wednesday night.

Fourth-ranked Longhorns take down North Texas
Houston Chronicle
Rick Barnes wouldn't let his players experience a post-UCLA hangover. There was too much to fix. After squeaking out a win over then-No. 2 UCLA on Sunday night in Los Angeles, the Texas coach sat his team down for two hours to watch the game film. He wanted to show his players how their defensive breakdown let UCLA back into the game after a big first-half lead. The No. 4 Longhorns seemed to get the message, posting a solid 88-72 win over North Texas on Wednesday at the Erwin Center. The victory gives Texas its second 8-0 start in the last three seasons.

Not so Mean Green
Daily Texan
Against UCLA, Texas relied offensively on a sophomore duo, but against North Texas, the duo got a little help from their friends. After combining for all but five points in the second half against The Associated Press' No. 2 squad on Sunday, D.J. Augustin and Damion James scored 25 of the Longhorns' 40 second-half points to lift Texas to an 88-72 victory and its second 8-0 start in the last three years.

Augustin leads Texas with 29 points, provide
Daily Texan
After watching D.J. Augustin lead his team to a win over the University of North Texas with 29 points and 10 assists, Rick Barnes recounted what former Longhorn T.J. Ford told the sophomore during the offseason. The Toronto Raptors guard had some simple advice. "You've got to run the show," he told him. "You've got to do it." Wednesday night, as the Mean Green made a charge, Augustin did just that.

Longhorns spotlight: Clint Chapman
Though he hails from Canby, Oregon, freshman forward Clint Chapman didn't travel the farthest to play for the Longhorns. That honor belongs to two fellow freshmen: Alexis Wangmene from Cameroon and Dogus Balbay from Turkey. But the question still remains, with so many other successful schools closer to home also offering scholarships, why would a kid from Oregon choose Texas?

Texas' Barnes gets bad rap
Rick Barnes can coach. There. We said it. The 'Bag has always believed this, and yet few coaches in the nation have taken a more public beating than Texas' Barnes has in the past year, mainly for what was perceived in some precincts as his team's inability to get the ball in the hands of Kevin Durant more often. Implicit in that criticism was another indictment: that Longhorns point guard D.J. Augustin wasn't up to the task. Well, now look: Durant may be gone, but Texas has pulled off the nation's most impressive pair of wins so far this season, knocking off two of the 'Bag's preseason Final Four picks: Tennessee (on a neutral court) and UCLA (in Pauley Pavilion).


Conner's Burnt Orange Glasses: Post-Season
Inside Texas
On television, Dr. Phil says, "You can't fix what you won't acknowledge." As we watched the beast from Norman crush the Number One team in the country, we had to give grudging respect to those cheatin' hearts from Oklahoma, who won their fifth Big XII football championship in eight years Saturday night. That grating, want-to-claw-your-brain-out-with-a-wire-coathanger-through-your-ear fight song, that not-red-not-brown-not-maroon-can't-make-up-its-freakin'-mind color, that raging, quick defense that shut down Mizzou's vaunted spread offense and potential-Heisman-candidate-Texas-native-Why-didn't-the-Horns-recruit-him-harder quarterback Chase Daniel – the Sooners rubbed all our faces in it last Saturday night, giving another big "Screw You!" to the critics and detractors who picked them second in the Big XII South before the season began.

Matchup is a first for veteran coaches, pals
San Diego Union-Tribune
Legendary Texas coach Darrell Royal spelled it out to Mack Brown in pure Longhorn lingo. "He told me, 'Mack, you've got nothing to worry about from these people anymore. You've already been dipped and vaccinated." Which, as head coach of a program whose fan base can occasionally become a tad zealous, certainly beats being tarred and feathered. Somehow incapable of winning a national title every time the Longhorns lace their cleats for spring practice, Brown will lead No. 17 Texas to a school-record 10th consecutive postseason appearance when it faces No. 12 Arizona State in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27 at Qualcomm Stadium.

Old pals Erickson, Brown finally get to square off, in Holiday Bowl
Associated Press
More than two decades after they first met, Dennis Erickson and Mack Brown finally get to coach against each other. They've crossed paths for years at coaching clinics and on junkets. Erickson has won two national championships and Brown has one. They can't say enough nice things about each other, and probably will right up until kickoff of the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27, when Erickson's 12th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils play Brown's No. 17 Texas Longhorns. It will also be the first meeting between the schools.


Lions' Williams keen on returning
Detroit News
Roy Williams can only watch this week as the Lions play the Cowboys, thanks to an injured right knee. But he wants to play for the Lions again this season, and for several more years in Detroit. Williams sprained a ligament in his right knee Sunday against Minnesota. A roster spot is being kept open for him in case he recovers soon enough to play in any of the remaining four games.


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