Wednesday Longhorn Sports Page

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Football recruiting:

REPORT: Horns Land Another TE
According to a report in Waco Tribune-Herald, Waco Midway tight end Trey Graham committed to Texas Tuesday.

Will Blake get a Longhorn offer?
With offers in hand and the interest pouring in, Austin High School WR Emory Blake is just taking the recruiting process as it comes. During the off-season, Blake looks to make a few key stops to colleges. Where does Texas fit in? Will he get the offer?

Breaking Down Barrett Matthews
With the addition of North Shore TE Barrett Matthews to the Texas football team, that makes No. 13 for the Longhorns squad. But why did Texas pursue the North Shore tight end and what does Matthews bring to the table? Texas High School Recruiting Analyst Ahmard Vital breaks down the upside of Barrett Matthews.

Inside the Class of '08: Tre' Newton
The twelfth in a daily series of interviews and photo essays on members of the Longhorn Class of '08: Running back Tre' Newton.

Men's hoops:

Horns Hang On By A Husk
Texas' 70-66 nailbiter Tuesday against Nebraska -- it required an A.J. Abram's three-ball to break a tie with 41 seconds left after his team squandered a 17-point lead -- revealed all that is well, and all that is worrisome about the No. 9 Longhorns.

Horns hold off Nebraska
Austin American-Statesman
Even a marksman such as A.J. Abrams has moments of self-doubt. Abrams, the Longhorns' record-holder for three-point baskets in a career, was worried about the state of his jump shot in practice on Monday. He had shot poorly in three of his previous four games, and his attempts in practice were hitting the front of the rim. But when the ninth-ranked Longhorns needed a basket against Nebraska on Tuesday, they called on Abrams.

Barnes best of the bunch
Austin American-Statesman
Longhorn boss should be coach of the year

No. 9 Texas holds off Nebraska, 70-66
Dallas Morning News
Texas guard A.J. Abrams hit everything in the final 41.4 seconds of Tuesday night's cliffhanging, 70-66 victory over Nebraska – including teammate Connor Atchley.

Mason's hustle saves the day for Texas
San Antonio Express-News
Earlier this season, Texas coach Rick Barnes dubbed guard Justin Mason the team's "junkyard dog." Because, "he does the dirty work," A.J. Abrams said. But on Tuesday as the No. 9 Longhorns labored for a 70-66 victory against Nebraska at the Erwin Center, the dirty work turned out almost pretty.

Big 12 teams hard to figure
San Antonio Express-News
The Big 12 team that would be king had demonstrated this kind of supreme benevolence before. Just last Saturday, the Texas Longhorns saw to it that the two worst losses in the history of Texas Tech basketball absolutely would not — in any way — contribute to the stigma of a Tech losing streak. Tech, beaten at Texas A&M by 44 and at Kansas by 58, in between whipped a UT team harboring hopes of being the best in school history. Go figure.

Sizing Up the Big 12
San Antonio Express-News

Abrams shakes slump, Longhorns win
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Even as Texas streaked through February, A.J. Abrams struggled. Maybe the fact that he'd made only a third of his shots in the last six games was weighing on Abrams' mind during Monday's practice. Whatever the case, coach Rick Barnes sensed something and told him to get off the court and go take a contrast bath -- alternating hot and cold tubs -- to get his legs back. Quit worrying.

UT fights off pesky Nebraska
Houston Chronicle
A day earlier in practice, Texas junior guard A.J. Abrams showed some hesitation with his shot. So, with the game tied at 61 in the final minute Tuesday, coach Rick Barnes went to the most popular play in his book. Fittingly, it's called "money." Abrams cashed in with a clutch 3-pointer with 41.4 seconds remaining as No. 9 Texas, which blew a 17-point second-half lead, escaped with a 70-66 victory over Nebraska at the Erwin Center.

Texas survives scare from Huskers
Daily Texan
Texas let Nebraska erase a 13-point Longhorn lead before A.J. Abrams put the Longhorns in position to rewrite the school's record books. With less than a minute remaining and the score tied at 61-61, Abrams converted his only 3-pointer of the game, giving Texas (25-5, 12-3 Big 12) just enough breathing room to escape the Erwin Center with a 70-66 victory over Nebraska.

Longhorns shut out of paint, not able to penetrate
Daily Texan
D.J. Augustin bounced off the perimeter like a meteor skipping off the earth's atmosphere. With the shot clock winding down he gave it one more try, found nothing yet again and jumped back to nail a short jumper in the paint to widen Texas' lead to 45-33. Nebraska outscored the Longhorns 28-10 in the paint.

Huskers come up short at Texas
Lincoln Journal Star
Aleks Maric thought he had the ball. So did Sek Henry. So did Doc Sadler. "Yeah," Sadler said, "didn't you?" Sadler, the Nebraska men's basketball coach, then continued the line of questioning in his postgame news conference. "What would've happened? Would we have made or missed the three?" Sadler said, grinning. As he left the front table, Sadler answered. "We'd have made it." Nobody will ever know. Texas' Justin Mason tipped his teammates' errant inbounds pass away from Maric near mid-court with 10 seconds left and Nebraska trailing by two. Sek Henry and Mason dove for the loose ball, Henry was called for a foul, and Mason made two free throws. That saved No. 9 Texas in a 70-66 victory Tuesday night before 10,479 fans at the Erwin Center.

Barnes revitalizes program
Lawrence Journal-World
There's a reason Texas men's basketball coach Rick Barnes is locked into a contract that would keep him in Austin until 2017. Simply put, he's the best basketball coach in the history of the program.

Men's hoops recruiting:

2010 Native of Canada Will Be Big In Texas
Texas has landed its share of stars and Rick Barnes knows what to do with the talent. On Tuesday, the Longhorns scored a big time pledge from sophomore Tristan Thompson.

Texas lands highly touted sophomore Tristan Thompson
Austin American-Statesman
T.J. Ford and Kevin Durant are gone, but the shadows they cast on Longhorn basketball remain. Tristan Thompson, a coveted high school sophomore who watched them play on television, said Tuesday that he will follow Ford and Durant to the University of Texas. He committed to play for the Longhorns beginning in 2010-11.


Texas Tops A&M-CC in High Scoring Affair
The Longhorns' defense may not quite be ready for primetime, but that didn't keep Texas from drilling Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 16-7 in Austin Tuesday afternoon.

Texas beats A&M-Corpus Christi
Austin American-Statesman
Three more errors. One more victory. The Texas Longhorns aren't making anything look pretty lately, and Tuesday's 16-7 victory over Texas A&M Corpus Christi at UFCU Disch-Falk Field was no exception.

Freshman helps Texas crush A&M-Corpus Christi 16-7
Daily Texan
If you're not a starter for the Longhorns, opportunities to get in the game can be hard to come by. Tant Shepard got his chance Tuesday, and he took full advantage of it. The freshman went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two singles in his college debut - good for three RBI and three runs in the Longhorns' (7-2) 16-7 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (2-6) on Tuesday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Women's hoops:

Another win Wednesday night and Texas vastly improves its tournament situation
Austin American-Statesman
For the Texas women, it's two wins down, with one more to go for an NCAA tournament invitation. The Longhorns likely will be playing to clinch a postseason spot tonight against fading Texas Tech, in their final home game of the season.

Lindsey grows into role of post player
San Antonio Express-News
Texas center Ashley Lindsey had just concluded one of her more productive games for the Longhorns: A 20-point, 10-rebound effort in UT's scrappy 61-60 loss to Baylor at the end of January. And afterward she was asked to elaborate on her career performance, which came against one of the Big 12's most physical inside teams. But Lindsey only stared straight ahead, lost in a web of silence. With the spotlight focusing on her, Lindsey was shrinking away from it, until coach Gail Goestenkors urged her to finally answer the question. Then, Lindsey did.

Lady Raiders try to snap road losing streak at Texas
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
Some were blowouts from the beginning, others were close until the second half and a couple went down to the wire. But in the most fundamental way, the last eight road games for the Texas Tech women's basketball team have been mirror images of each other. Each game resulted in a loss for the Lady Raiders, who have gone more than three months without a win away from home. "It's been like a recurring nightmare, over and over and over," said Tech head coach Kristy Curry, whose team is on the road again for today's regular-season finale at Texas. "As close as we get, we still seem so far away."


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