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Texas Begins the Dance in Little Rock
InsideTexas.com
On Sunday, the selection committee announced the NCAA Tournament field and the Texas Longhorns will begin their quest for a national championship in Little Rock, Ark. as a two-seed in the Big Dance.

Kansas Once Again Beats Texas for the Big 12
InsideTexas.com
The hot-shooting Jayhawks were too much for the Texas Longhorns to handle. Kansas took the Big 12 Tournament for the third year in a row, winning 84-74 in the conference championship game.

Texas grabs No. 2 seed, date with Austin Peay
Austin American-Statesman
The Longhorns may have fallen against Kansas on Sunday, but the NCAA tournament selection committee was waiting below with a pretty comfortable safety net. Texas, making its 10th consecutive appearance in the tournament under coach Rick Barnes, was given a No. 2 seed in the South Region. Memphis is No. 1 in the South.

After loss, Longhorns come up winners
Austin American-Statesman
The scoreboard at the Sprint Center said something different, but Texas won on Sunday. In fact, the Longhorns made out like oil barons, even if their rival Kansas Jayhawks outplayed them in a physical Big 12 tournament title game and wrested a No. 1 seed away from the equally deserving Texas visitors.

Texas Longhorns similar to '03 team
Dallas Morning News
The comparisons will be inevitable for the 2003 and 2008 Texas Longhorns. One went to the Final Four by playing a regional final in Texas. The other one hopes to do the same. Position by position, the starters have eerie similarities.

Big 12 could have two reach Final Four
Dallas Morning News
Bob Knight, who's changed from his O'Reilly Auto Parts sweater to ESPN green, argues that it doesn't matter if you're seeded first, second or third in the NCAA Tournament. Here's how screwed up the world is: I'm down with the General. Before you drag out all your stats, like the fact that a 16th seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed, let me finish. Kansas wins its third straight Big 12 tournament title and the rights to a No. 1 seed in the Midwest. Meanwhile, the Longhorns settle for the consolation prize: a No. 2 seed in the South and a relatively easy bus ride to the Final Four.

Kansas outduels Texas to claim Big 12 title
Dallas Morning News
Bill Self walked into the locker room at halftime of Sunday's 84-74 Big 12 tournament title game victory over Texas and sounded like a fan.

UT's road to San Antonio is through Houston
San Antonio Express-News
A sign featuring a hat and a lasso, pasted to the floor of the Sprint Arena, greeted the Texas Longhorns as they exited their locker room on Sunday night. "The road to San Antonio," the sign read, "starts here." But, in reality for the second-seeded Longhorns, the road to the Final Four at the Alamodome stays a lot closer to home. UT learned a valuable lesson on Sunday in the virtue of winning by losing. The Longhorns fell to Kansas in the Big 12 tournament final, and about an hour later, saw the Jayhawks earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, while the Longhorns earned a No. 2 tag.

Next step for Barnes is right here
San Antonio Express-News
Rick Barnes has already reclaimed the state. But if he wants to go national, he has to get closer to home. If he wants to be more than a symbol of consistency, he has to take advantage of the regional path he's been given, and he has to circle Austin until he's as close as he can get this time of year. If Barnes walks into the Alamodome on April 5, then, yes, he will have taken the next step. If Barnes doesn't, he's still a winner this season. Billy Gillispie left, as did the luster of the Aggies, and Bob Knight followed. Barnes, if by default, is bigger than ever.

Longhorns lose final in familiar fashion
San Antonio Express-News
The pro-Kansas crowd filling Sprint Arena to the ceiling provided a chilly ending to a hot game. As Texas guard A.J. Abrams hoisted a 3-point airball with about 30 seconds to play — and the Jayhawks' 84-74 Big 12 tournament victory already in hand — the blue-clad fans started chanting. Ghostly calls of "K-U" bounced around the arena. It was a spine-tingling reminder of a growing certainty in this tournament — Kansas owns it. The Jayhawks, who also earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament with the triumph, won their third-straight Big 12 tournament title Sunday in familiar fashion.

Texas tries to avoid hitting rock on road to Houston
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas Longhorns players were not joining in any discussion that their road to the Final Four in San Antonio would go through Houston. "We don't execute in Little Rock, we don't get to Houston," center Connor Atchley said. Point made. So the trail for the Longhorns as the top No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament begins Friday in the first round of the South Region against 15th-seeded Austin Peay, which won the regular-season and tournament championships in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Jayhawks defend title with late KO
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
As good as past matchups between the Texas Longhorns and Kansas have been, for 36 minutes Sunday afternoon the third consecutive Big 12 championship standoff was even better. But when Darrell Arthur hit a soft 10-foot jump shot to give the Jayhawks a 72-71 lead with 4:07 to play, the end again was near for the Longhorns. Texas, which had punched and counterpunched all afternoon, finally looked like its tank was running low against a deeper team. The Longhorns missed their next four shots and would only score three from the free-throw line the rest of the way as Kansas won its third consecutive Big 12 tournament title against what has become its most competitive rival in a series that rivals any in college basketball.

Longhorns might have lost battle, won war
Houston Chronicle
The Texas Longhorns can win for losing. Not a single team has squeezed oversized feet into glass Cinderella slippers, and March is already manifesting tell-tale symptoms of madness. The Longhorns fell short in yet another Big 12 Conference Tournament. They lost to the Kansas Jayhawks, who at this time of the year always seem to have more answers than one of those smarty-pants fifth-graders showing up the grown-up son a quiz show. Texas coach Rick Barnes and his players didn't emerge from Selection Sunday with a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. When the NCAA announced the pairings for the 65-team field, you didn't have to be smarter than a fifth grader to decipher the meaning of all the cheers resonating from Austin. The Longhorns are the No. 2 seed in the South Regional. As consolation prizes go, this might be the best one since Gone With The Wind producer David O. Selznick went after Gary Cooper and settled for Clark Gable to play the role of Rhett Butler.

UT gets No. 2 spot in South Regional
Houston Chronicle
Texas might have lost to Kansas in Sunday's Big 12 championship game, but in the Madness that comes every March, the Longhorns might have won in the long run. Texas (28-6), which fell to the Jayhawks 84-74, was given a No. 2 seed in the South Regional and opens against Austin Peay on Friday at Little Rock, Ark. And while they refuse to look ahead, should the Longhorns advance to the Sweet 16, they will be playing practically in their backyard because the regional semifinals and final will be at Reliant Stadium.

'Hawks rock Longhorns
Daily Texan
The third time wasn't their charm. Facing Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament title game for the third-consecutive year, the Longhorns suffered their third-consecutive loss. This time around, the final scoreboard read 84-47 as confetti rained from the ceiling.

Jayhawks, Longhorns show few weaknesses
Lawrence Journal-World
Texas could make it all the way to the Alamodome, play as well as it did Sunday afternoon in the Sprint Center and win the national title with a performance of that caliber. And the Longhorns lost by 10 points in the Big 12 title game. That's how well Kansas performed in winning its third consecutive conference tournament title, 84-74, in a game that featured as entertaining a first half of basketball the Jayhawks were a part of since playing Oklahoma to a 50-50 tie in the first half of the 1988 national title game.

Baseball:

Texas baseball team falls to Kansas, 7-2
Austin American-Statesman
Sam Freeman said it was something out of a video game. There he was, a native Texan, standing on the mound at UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The only thing Freeman didn't picture in his childhood dreams was the jersey he would be wearing. It wasn't the burnt orange of the Texas Longhorns. Freeman was out there as the starting pitcher for Kansas, and the junior from Carrollton left Austin with a victory Sunday after throwing six solid innings in a 7-2 victory, in front of 6,538 fans.

Texas takes two from Kansas
Daily Texan
Texas' conference-opening series with Kansas this weekend looked familiar. It looked a lot like a handful of the Longhorns' weekend series last year. No. 19 Texas opened with a win Friday and claimed the series with a victory Saturday. But the Longhorns came out flat Sunday and failed to complete a sweep of the Jayhawks, losing Sunday's series finale 7-2 at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Freshman pitcher Ruffin receives four-game suspension
Daily Texan
Freshman right-hander Chance Ruffin will be forced to sit out Texas' next three games (he already sat for the series finale with on Kansas Sunday), because he was tossed during Saturday's game after throwing a pitch behind the Jayhawks' Preston Land. Big 12 rules punish a pitcher with a four-game suspension for throwing at a batter. Ruffin had already thrown one pitch behind a Kansas hitter earlier in the game, so when he did it against Land in the eighth inning, the home-plate umpire ejected him.

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