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Football recruiting:

The Inside Texas Inside Scoop
Is Darrell Scott's decision already made? A trusted Inside Texas source says yes, and we tell you his pick. But will Scott still visit UCLA this weekend, and is there still time for the hometown Bruins to change his mind? And is Rod Davis still a possibility for a late pledge? Plus, is a former player no longer on the squad on track to return to the team? All that and much more in the Scoop!

Texas Makes Late Offer for DE
Texas is in a high-profile battle with Colorado for California RB Darrell Scott, one of the top prospects in the country, but the Horns are apparently trying to convince another prospect, this one a late-developing defensive end from within the Lone Star State, to make a last-minute commitment to play in Austin.

Coveted recruit has CU fans on watch
Rocky Mountain News
Give Darrell Scott this: Not many mimes are better at keeping a secret. And this: He's got a plan and he's sticking to it. The final countdown is under way. After several intense weeks on the "Scott Watch," hard-core Colorado and Texas football fans now have fewer than two days to wait on a decision from the nation's top running back prospect.

Men's hoops:

Texas Fends Off Baylor
Maybe Damion James should come off the bench more often. The Texas sophomore lost his starting spot for the first time in his collegiate career but helped rally his team to an 80-72 comeback Saturday against upset-minded Baylor.

UT survives Bear attack
Austin American-Statesman
Rick Barnes suggests that most college basketball coaches have something in common as the season advances into February. They become steeped in crisis management. Fortunately for Barnes, his team averted one on Saturday. The 10th-ranked Longhorns, eclipsing a 14-point first-half deficit, defeated No. 25 Baylor 80-72 in front of 14,151 fans in the Erwin Center.

Texas bench gets infusion
Austin American-Statesman
Pressed all season to overcome a depth deficiency on his 10th-ranked basketball team because of injuries and inexperienced substitutes — including five underclassmen and a walk-on — Rick Barnes found the perfect remedy. He brought a starter off the bench.

No. 10 Texas takes control late to top Baylor
Dallas Morning News
After an 80-72 victory against 25th-ranked Baylor on Saturday in which 10th-ranked Texas erased a 14-point deficit, Longhorns coach Rick Barnes said, "I think all coaches are in crisis management at this time of year." For Barnes, the crisis is still not knowing which players will produce for him from game to game.

No. 10 Texas prevails
Daily Texan
Texas' game against Baylor got off to an early 12:45 p.m. start, but it looked like the Longhorns didn't wake up until late in the first half. Texas (17-4, 4-2 Big 12) trailed by as many as 14 points before pulling ahead in the second half and winning 80-72.

Big men take care of business, help knock off Bears
Daily Texan
What a difference one game makes. After being shoved around by Texas A&M's post players, the Longhorns' big men bounced back against Baylor, scoring 45 points and grabbing 25 rebounds in the 80-72 home victory.

Women's hoops:

Texas gives out against Oklahoma
Austin American-Statesman
The Texas women's basketball team suffered through emotional extremes during Sunday's 74-58 loss to Oklahoma.

Oklahoma women whip Texas, 74-58
Dallas Morning News
Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale posted on her blog Saturday her pet peeve is clothes that are not clean but not dirty. She called them halfway clothes and then added, "Halfway in basketball can kill you." Her 11th-ranked Sooners found themselves halfway through the second half against 25th-ranked Texas in a tight game Sunday before exploding for a 19-0 run and a 74-58 victory.

Defensive lapses cost Longhorns down the stretch
San Antonio Express-News
Midway through the second half Sunday, Texas and Oklahoma were locked in a give-and-take battle. The No. 25 Longhorns had erased an 11-point deficit and, with some gritty work on the boards, were matching the Sooners basket for basket. Then OU turned a corner. With UT packing the paint to deny super-post Courtney Paris, Sooners point guard Danielle Robinson made the rest of the game a layup contest, which No. 11 OU handled with ease for a 74-58 victory at the Erwin Center.

UT can't get past Paris, Oklahoma
Daily Texan
The Longhorns will be happy to have the paint inside the Frank Erwin Center back after Oklahoma twin sisters Courtney and Ashley Paris made themselves at home there Sunday afternoon. Fifty-two of Oklahoma's 74 points came in the paint, as the No. 11 Sooners (15-4, 5-2) routed No. 25 Texas (15-7, 3-5) 74-58 in front of 6,132 people at the Erwin Center.

Lindsey struggles against Sooners' post players in first half
Daily Texan
For the entire first half, Ashley Lindsey and the Longhorns' low-post game disappeared. The Texas forward missed her only two shot attempts and grabbed one rebound in 17 minutes of play. More than anyone, she felt the smothering effect of Oklahoma's Courtney and Ashley Paris. Courtney Paris, Lindsey's counterpart, dominated the low post, scoring 14 first-half points, grabbing eight rebounds and blocking seven shots, while the Sooners scored 28 points in the paint to Texas' six.


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