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Men's hoops:

'Houston, Here We Come'
Inside Texas
The Texas Longhorns topped the Miami Hurricanes 75-72 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, meaning the Horns have a date with Stanford in the Sweet 16 in Houston.

Photo Gallery - Texas vs. Miami
Inside Texas

Longhorn men flounder near end of game but beat Miami, make Sweet 16
Austin American-Statesman
Identifying a target was one thing. Getting close enough to nail him was tougher. Miami spent Sunday chasing A.J. Abrams without success. The Texas guard scored 26 points, converting 6 of 10 three-pointers as the Longhorns defeated Miami 75-72 to make the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16. Texas (30-6), seeded second in the South Regional, faces No. 3 Stanford (28-7) Friday at 6:27 p.m., at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

Texas wins one for the road
Austin American-Statesman
Been there, sweated that. Thanks to the usual deadeye shooting from A.J. Abrams as well as a reservoir of experience in pressure-filled environments, battle-tested Texas was running roughshod over seventh-seeded Miami while enjoying a comfortable lead for 37 minutes. Then a UCLA game broke out. Considering how it hung on for a second-round victory that came down to the wire and almost past the wire, second-seeded Texas may be the new UCLA, as in win 'em close, win 'em ugly, but just win 'em.

Texas holds off Miami for berth in Sweet 16
Dallas Morning News
Before the reality set in of playing in Houston's Reliant Stadium for the chance to reach the Final Four, the second-seeded Texas Longhorns had to get out of Arkansas. It wasn't easy. The Longhorns allowed a hostile crowd of Razorbacks and Memphis fans to turn Alltel Arena into a loudspeaker as Texas nearly collapsed in a 75-72 second-round victory over seventh-seeded Miami.

Texas has gone far with long-range shots
Dallas Morning News
For a while on Easter Sunday, Texas couldn't miss from beyond the 3-point line. And it didn't matter who was shooting the ball. We all know D.J. Augustin and A.J. Abrams are going to knock down their share on long-range shots, but Connor Atchley was draining them. So was Damion James. And Justin Mason. By the time UT's barrage ended late in the first half, the Longhorns led by 13 points. Game over.

Texas' Abrams heats up, picks up teammate
Dallas Morning News
An incredible shooting performance by Texas guard A.J. Abrams, who has 52 points on 58.6 percent shooting in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, has helped overcome a two-and-a-half game shooting slump by star point guard D.J. Augustin.

UT braces for sizable task vs. Stanford
Dallas Morning News
With Houston's Reliant Stadium next up for Texas, it's home sweet home for the Longhorns. Or is it?

UT weathers storm: Texas fights through hostile environment, Miami comeback bid
San Antonio Express-News
Texas coach Rick Barnes didn't have a friend in the building on Sunday afternoon. All of the Arkansas fans inside Alltel Arena — still red-faced over the "you better be nice" comments from Barnes earlier in the week — were booing him, and that made his own players even laugh at him. But he wasn't stirring without a purpose, which was fairly evident at the end of the second-seeded Longhorns' 75-72 second-round victory over Miami.

Longhorns head to domes, but where won't mean much
San Antonio Express-News
D.J. Augustin shrugged when asked. "I shot it a little short," he said. A little short, all right. Of everything. His free-throw attempt with 1.8 seconds left hit only the floor. Afterward, some wanted to point to the anti-Texas crowd for causing this, because these are the things known to tighten athletes. Along the same theme, some wanted to announce the Longhorns were free of such abuse now, since they won't have to play another game this season outside of a Texas dome. But whatever was inside of Augustin — fatigue or anxiety or both — those watching had less to do with his attempt. The same will be true Friday in Reliant Stadium.

UT sweats it out, but in the end, it's sweet
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Even as Texas Longhorns coach Rick Barnes, chin in hand, watched his team carry a 17-point lead past the midway point of the second half, he knew a Miami Hurricane was sure to blow in.

Longhorns survive Miami, earn trip to Houston
Houston Chronicle
There's March Madness, and then there's flat-out crazy. And Sunday's NCAA South Regional second-round game between Texas and Miami was about as crazy as it gets. Just ask the Longhorns. Or the Hurricanes.

Longhorns survive Hurricane(s)
Daily Texan
The Longhorns are Sweet 16-bound, but not without a scare.

3-pointers key to gaining lead, nearly getting upset during close round 2 win
Daily Texan
Three-point shooting put Texas way out in front of Miami, but when it disappeared - and the Hurricanes found it - the momentum swing left the Longhorns precariously perched on the verge of another early elimination.

Longhorns get lucky, as all champions must
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Finally, Alltel Arena was rocking. The sound from the hog calls and fans singing "The Eyes of Texas" bounced off the rafters.

Augustin comes to pass first
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
D. J. Augustin, Texas ' leading scorer throughout the regular season, didn't lead the Longhorns in scoring in either game at the Alltel Arena subregional. Texas is still going to the Sweet 16, and Augustin is a big reason why.

Football recruiting:

Alex Okafor Makes 16
Inside Texas
The Texas coaching staff made it clear to Alex Okafor during his junior day visit that he was the number one target at defensive end. At the time, the Pflugerville product still wanted to check out several schools before pulling the trigger on a commitment. Okafor traveled back to Austin on Saturday and left as the 16th member of Texas' 2009 class.

Baseball:

Boening earns starter spot with victory
Austin American-Statesman
Riley Boening is back where he was two years ago. After shoulder surgery, a year of rehabilitation, countless setbacks and bullpen sessions, once again, he's a starter. The junior left-hander earned a spot in the Texas Longhorns' starting rotation Saturday by pitching 61/3 innings and earning the win in a 4-3 victory over Texas Tech. The Longhorns won twice in the three-game series at Dan Law Field.

Longhorns see pitching improve in Tech series
Daily Texan
It wasn't just another 2-1 series victory for the Longhorns. It was a weekend that saw Texas' streaky pitching staff get two encouraging performances from Kenn Kasparek and Riley Boening. The Longhorn pitching staff has been on and off throughout the season. Starters have struggled at times, and the bullpen has bailed them out. Other times, the relievers have come in and spoiled good starting efforts. This weekend Kasparek and Boening solidified Texas' starting rotation as the No. 18 Longhorns (16-6, 4-2 Big 12) split games two and three with Texas Tech (11-10, 2-4) to claim their second conference series win of the year.

Women's hoops:

UT women win first-round NCAA tournament game
Austin American-Statesman
Guard Erneisha Bailey was the lone Longhorn to have participated in an NCAA Tournament. Back in 2005, the last time the Texas women's basketball team made a postseason tournament appearance, her sole contribution came in the form of moral support while sitting on the bench. That wasn't the case Sunday in the Longhorns' impressive 72-55 victory over Minnesota in the opening round of the tournament.

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.

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