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Football recruiting:

D.J. Monroe, Rod Davis Make Officials
Texas tends to get the vast majority of its official visits out of the way early in December, but there are always a few prospects that miss UT's banquet weekend. Angleton's D.J. Monroe, already a Texas commit, and Rod Davis, one of the Horns' final targets, fit into that category. The two high schoolers took their official visits to Austin over the weekend.

Aggies' lack of wins affects future
San Antonio Express-News
With little more than two weeks remaining until national signing day on Feb. 6, Texas A&M's recruiting class is ranked as the 14th-best in the country by The Aggies are even more highly regarded at, where they're ranked fifth. It isn't unusual to find A&M occupying such lofty spots. Excluding last year's class, ranked 43rd by Rivals, the Aggies have graded no worse than 27th on either site since 2002. Yet for all their gaudy hauls, the Aggies haven't finished in the final Associated Press Top 25 since 1999 — proof that they haven't been nearly as successful on the recruiting trails as it would seem.

Men's hoops:

Back on Track
Blame the 25 points put up by D.J. Augustin. Or maybe the four blocks by Justin Mason. Either way, great numbers across the board mixed with a reemergence of aggressiveness from Connor Atchley carried the Texas Longhorns (14-3, 1-1) to a 69-67 victory over Colorado (9-8, 1-2) in front of a sold-out crowd. Oh yeah, their 24-2 run in an explosive second half probably didn't hurt either.

Mason will return to starting lineup tonight at Oklahoma State
Austin American-Statesman
Justin Mason has not restored himself to the player he was at crucial times earlier this season, but Texas coach Rick Barnes will settle for the abridged version. Who knows when Mason will regain accuracy with his shot? But the sophomore guard showed during a 69-67 victory against Colorado on Saturday that he can still help in other ways. Because of that, Mason will return to the starting lineup tonight at Oklahoma State after serving as a reserve the last four games.

Texas rebounds to overtake Colorado
Austin American-Statesman
Rick Barnes handed his assistants a pop quiz last week. Tell me, the coach said, why were the Longhorns so good during a victory at UCLA and abysmal while getting dumped at Missouri. They watched tape. They studied. They gave Barnes the answer he wanted. Two answers, actually. Connor Atchley. Justin Mason.

Atchley critical component
Austin American-Statesman
The view from the Texas bench couldn't have been pretty in that eyesore of a first half. In fact, it didn't improve from any vantage point in the Erwin Center, no matter where anyone was seated. Trailing visiting Colorado by nine at halftime, Texas was staring at a possible home-court loss to a Buffalo team Barnes has never lost to in Austin and a frightening 0-2 start in a league with college basketball's best RPI. In fact, entering the home conference opener, the Longhorns sat firmly in 10th place. They didn't have to share it with anyone. As Barnes said, "We played like we hadn't played in a week. It seemed like forever." But Connor Atchley came to the rescue and played the part of the cavalry.

UT rallies to edge Colorado, 69-67
Dallas Morning News
The reason Texas played so well early in the season, including victories against Tennessee and UCLA, was the improved play of Justin Mason and Connor Atchley. Then, both hit a lull as the Longhorns lost three of five, including last week's Big 12 opener at Missouri. Mason and Atchley re-emerged Saturday, just in time for 19th-ranked Texas to pull out a 69-67 victory against Colorado in a game that might have ended differently if the Buffaloes hadn't burned all their timeouts with 11:28 left.

Texas calling on its reserves
San Antonio Express-News
The cause of Texas' early-season jubilee may also be the Longhorns' point of pain right now. And UT coach Rick Barnes knew this all along.

Key players rebound to help UT's second effort
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Ask coach Rick Barnes the difference in an 11-0 Texas team ranked fourth nationally and the one that won only two of its next five games, and he had two answers -- Justin Mason and Connor Atchley. Both have been prime candidates for subjects on TV's Without A Trace the past five games. But both moved from lost to found Saturday night to help the 19th-ranked Longhorns (14-3, 1-1 Big 12) to a 69-67 comeback victory over Colorado (9-8, 1-2).

Texas fights back in second half, downs Colorado 69-67
Houston Chronicle
The Texas Longhorns held a welcome back party during the second half Saturday. The guests of honor: Justin Mason and Connor Atchley. A.J. Abrams sparked a second-half rally, and the No. 19 Longhorns got key contributions from Atchley and Mason in a 69-67 Big 12 win over Colorado before a sellout crowd of 16,755 at the Erwin Center.

James looks forward to Dove's challenge
The Oklahoman
Damion James thinks there might be some confusion. Upon hearing that Oklahoma State's Marcus Dove would likely defend him when Texas comes to Gallagher-Iba Arena tonight, James said he welcomed the challenge, but since Dove usually guards the opposing team's best player, he said OSU might want to think twice.

Instant Classic redux
The Oklahoman
The last time Oklahoma State and Texas met on an ESPN Big Monday in Stillwater, the game was being replayed on ESPN Classic by the next afternoon.

OSU-UT makes for big drama
Tulsa World
Here's a big question regarding Oklahoma State's ESPN-televised "Big Monday" game against Texas: OSU always seems to bring its A-game when Texas invades Gallagher-Iba Arena. Can the Cowboys, in dire need of a positive development, do it again? OSU has won 49 games the last three seasons. Two of the most memorable triumphs came at Texas' expense.

Women's hoops:

Texas Tech hangs on for victory over the Longhorns
Austin American-Statesman
Coach Gail Goestenkors hopes that one day, sometime soon, her Texas women's basketball team can find a happy medium between offense and defense. For the first time this year, in a 70-58 loss to Texas Tech on Sunday afternoon, the Longhorns showed they could aggressively trap and press for the majority of a game. They forced 26 Tech turnovers, frustrating Red Raider point guard Maria Moore into 12 errors. Sixteen of the turnovers were via steals. Yet, the Longhorns' shooting was so poor throughout that Texas only scored 17 points out of all the mayhem they coerced from the Tech offense. The Longhorns shot 33.9 percent for the game and haven't eclipsed more than 38 percent from the field in conference play.

Longhorns to square off against Tech in hostile territory
Daily Texan
After Texas got its first conference win, coach Gail Goestenkors was too wrapped up in the present to worry about Texas Tech. "Honestly, I have not had the opportunity to look ahead," Goestenkors said after Texas' win over Iowa State on Wednesday. "I'm looking forward to a great Big 12 game." Most signs say she'll get just that. Texas leaves Austin for a hostile road environment when they travel to Lubbock on Sunday to face Texas Tech as the Longhorns (13-4, 1-2) try to even up their conference record. Tech (12-4, 0-3) led the conference and ranked third nationally last year in attendance, averaging 10,668 fans per game.


Dancing with the stars
Houston Chronicle
During a lull in the first game of his NBA career, Seattle's Kevin Durant was standing next to an All-Star. Durant couldn't help but admire the shoes of Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony. The next thing Durant knew, he was about to ask if he could have Anthony's shoes — autographed — after the game. Durant came to his senses just in time to keep his court cred.


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