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Men's hoops:

Inside Texas Checks in From Little Rock
Inside Texas
The Texas Longhorns are in Little Rock and Inside Texas is there. We go inside the Longhorns' preparations and breakdown the last day of practice before the tournament. We also talk with coaches and players from both Texas and Austin Peay. What gives the Governors confidence? Will Gary Johnson be ready to go Friday? All that and more!

Texas vs. Austin Peay Game Info
Inside Texas

All you need to know about the Horns' NCAA chances
Austin American-Statesman
Even though the NCAA tournament is well under way — we know that because productivity by American office-workers has already dipped 73 percent — here's a primer on Texas' opener today in the South Regional.

Peay's Reed has a familiar look
Austin American-Statesman
Stop the tape. Go back. No, that can't be him. Just looks that way. The guy who plays like former Longhorn P.J. Tucker? He's Drake Reed, junior forward for Austin Peay.

Texas' target should be no less than Final Four
Dallas Morning News
The time is now for Rick Barnes to make his second trip to the Final Four. Not next year. Or the year after. Now.

Texas opponent draws strength from upset
Dallas Morning News
Austin Peay coach Dave Loos is hoping to repeat history. Last week, Loos showed his players video of Austin Peay's upset of Illinois in 1987, when the 14th-seeded Governors took down the third-seeded Illini.

Texas' Barnes says Arkansas comments were a joke
Dallas Morning News
Texas coach Rick Barnes may be crazy like a fox. The first thing he did when he took the podium Thursday in Little Rock was apologize. He said he was sorry if he offended anyone by joking that if Arkansas fans weren't nice to his team, he'd consider pulling out of a game against the Razorbacks in Fayetteville next season... Barnes did the politically correct thing by apologizing, but he knew exactly what he was doing when he opened his mouth Monday.

Texas vs. Austin Peay: Abrams' shot began as arc over a broom
San Antonio Express-News
Andy Abrams once used a broom to make himself taller because he knew his son couldn't do the same.

(2) Texas vs. (15) Austin Peay
San Antonio Express-News

UT seems to have plenty in reserve
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas coach Rick Barnes said if there was any silver lining to forward Gary Johnson's ankle injury in the opening game of the Big 12 tournament last week, it was the subsequent play of Dexter Pittman and Alexis Wangmene as they moved up in the rotation.

UT coach Rick Barnes is pleased his star guard and leading scorer knows how to make points vocally
Houston Chronicle
Texas point guard D.J. Augustin didn't have much to say about it. Which isn't surprising, because Augustin, a sophomore from New Orleans via Houston, doesn't have much to say about anything. Ever. Ask Augustin a question, and he'll toss out words like they were cinder blocks, as in sparingly and with great effort. He's the same way on the basketball court, where his muted style contrasts sharply with his eye-catching — especially to NBA scouts — style of play.

All business in Little Rock
Daily Texan
Though the Longhorns' road to a national championship seems to be paved in burnt orange following the opening two rounds, Rick Barnes refuses to look ahead. After taking a wrong turn in Spokane and exiting prematurely from last season's NCAA Tournament, Barnes is not concerning himself with completing the journey. He just wants to make it to each destination.

Govs ready for upset
Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle
Austin Peay has pulled off an upset in the NCAA Tournament before. The year was 1987 and a 14th-seeded Govs' team knocked off No. 3 Illinois 68-67. This year, the 15th-seeded Govs have watched the video of that win over Illinois, and are using it as motivation as they prepare to take on No. 2 Texas today in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

An upset tall order for Govs
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
There is a tiny bit of precedent that sits on the side of the Austin Peay Governors, which only seems appropriate. Even by the standards of the Ohio Valley Conference, the Governors are, well, tiny. With no starter taller than 6-5, Austin Peay spent most of its season looking up to its opponents in the physical sense. But that takes on a different meaning when it comes to the Governors' first-round opponent: No. 2-seeded Texas, which they face at approximately 2 p.m. today at Alltel Arena in North Little Rock.

Football recruiting:

Marcus Davis: Still Solid?
Inside Texas
With the news that Greg Timmons might possibly be looking around, many Longhorn fans have to be wondering how solid the remaining 14 members of Texas' 2009 class are in their commitments. Clear Creek's cornerback Marcus Davis was one of the first to give his verbal to Mack Brown, but the attention and contacts from other schools has not stopped. Is Davis listening to them?

Perry Headlines Austin Area 2010 Prospects
Inside Texas
Of the best looking prospects in the Austin area for the Class of 2010, the one that stands out the most is Austin Bowie receiver DeAndre Perry. But he is not the only prospect getting attention and there are even a couple of 2011 prospects that are starting to pop up on the radar.


Burnt Orange Glasses: Thursday Night Lights
Inside Texas
In his music and pop-culture infused off-beat commentary, Jeff Connor reports from wind-swept Dan Law Field in Lubbock where Texas blasted a vertically-challenged Texas Tech squad, 22-6.

UT sets record for runs in Big 12 game
Austin American-Statesman
It started with patience. The patience led to walks. The walks led to hits. The hits led to runs. The runs led to a school record. The Texas Longhorns' offense put on a clinic Thursday, setting a school record for runs scored in a Big 12 game as they clobbered Texas Tech 22-6 at Dan Law Field.

Offense destroys Tech
Daily Texan
Pitching was hard to come by in Lubbock Thursday. Texas and Texas Tech bats chased each starting pitcher out of the game in less than three innings. The difference in the contest: the Longhorn bullpen put zeros on the scoreboard and the Red Raiders' could not. The No. 18 Longhorns (15-5, 3-1 Big 12) pounded Tech (10-9, 1-3) in a 22-6 victory.

Longhorns blast Red Raiders
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
The way the Texas Tech baseball team opened its 10-game homestand Thursday night, it might want to go back on the road. For the second time in six days, starter Nate Karns struggled to find the strike zone, and No. 13 Texas made him and the rest of the Red Raider pitching staff pay dearly. The Longhorns pounded out a season-high 22 hits and set a program record for runs scored in a Big 12 Conference game, routing Tech, 22-6, to open a three-game series at Dan Law Field.

Women's hoops:

Horns tackle tough task as No. 8 seed
Daily Texan
To say that the Longhorns have had a rollercoaster season is an understatement. The team has seen some euphoric highs (wins over Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Baylor twice) and some serious lows (a pair of three-game losing streaks, an inability to win a road game in Big 12 play until Feb. 27). After a devastating loss to Texas A&M on their home floor Feb. 24, people wondered whether or not the Longhorns were even good enough to make the WNIT. None of that matters now.


Finley's jump to pros brightens family's future
Daily Texan
Jermichael Finley hears the same question every time he talks to NFL scouts. "They come up to me and say, 'Is it true that you've got eight kids?" Finley said. He has two, including 2-month-old daughter Kaydon Tayler Finley. And they're a big part of the reason that he decided to declare for the NFL draft.


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