Tuesday Longhorn Sports Page

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Men's hoops:

Haven't we seen this movie before?
Austin American-Statesman
Highly seeded Longhorn basketball team parlays some friendly geography into a trip to the Final Four? It happened just five years ago, when 30,000 Longhorn fans traveled to San Antonio to watch Texas cut down the nets as South Regional champions, earning a Final Four spot in New Orleans. This year, 32,000 seats have already been sold in Houston's Reliant Stadium for the South Regional.

Texas' Pittman makes an impact
Dallas Morning News
Texas sophomore center Dexter Pittman got flustered on the podium while talking to the media after his first career double-double against Austin Peay in a first-round, NCAA Tournament victory. Pittman was talking about what a dream it was to be a big part of such a meaningful game, when his sentence tailed off, his head dropped, and he started laughing. He blamed his buddy – junior guard A.J. Abrams – for saying something under his breath that distracted him. But Pittman's role in second-seeded Texas' regional semifinal game against third-seeded Stanford on Friday night at Reliant Stadium in Houston will be no laughing matter.

Mason growing into Texas' No. 24
San Antonio Express-News
Justin Mason chose the number that he wears. He wore No. 24 in high school and wears it now for the Texas Longhorns. But Mason likely will be last UT player to get that choice. The last two players to don No. 24 — Mason and Royal Ivey — have given it stature.

Brothers truly are twin towers
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Despite being twin brothers, it's not hard for defenders to differentiate between 7-foot sophomores Brook and Robin Lopez with their contrasting hairstyles.

Texas offers no apologies
Houston Chronicle
Rick Barnes sat there as the tide turned and the lead was threatened. Never blinked. Never flinched. Later, he said something about not wanting his players to share his anxiety, and in those final few moments, he never let the world see him sweat. The Texas coach looked more relieved than happy as he spoke in a hallway outside his locker room, but that's how March is for a team with high expectations.

Longhorns' game against Stanford not in the bag yet
Daily Texan
Doesn't feel right, does it? A trip to Houston for the Sweet 16 in what should amount to another home game and a 26-point night for A.J. Abrams on 6-10 shooting from behind the arc should make Texas fans feel pretty good about the Longhorns. But the numbers don't lie - nor do they comfort.

Stanford eschews structure, and is better for it
San Jose Mercury News
When the topic is Stanford in the NCAA tournament, the discussion inevitably turns to the Cardinal's lack of athleticism. Slow Stanford. Soft Stanford. Plodding Stanford. Can't-handle-pressure-defense Stanford. Can't-defend-quick-guards Stanford.

Hoops recruiting:

Evans Down To Four; Will Announce Soon
Inside Texas
Tyreke Evans is almost ready to announce his college decision. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound wing is down to four schools and will take one final visit before he decides.


Texas squeaks past Oral Roberts
Austin American-Statesman
He was up and down, up and down, up and down. Three times — in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings — left-hander Russell Moldenhauer was about to pinch hit. Three times Texas coach Augie Garrido pulled him back. In the 10th inning, Moldenhauer finally got his chance with two outs and the bases loaded. The sophomore tapped a ball that bounced once and then dribbled between Oral Roberts pitcher T.J. Kelly and third baseman David Genao, providing the shortest game-winning single in Moldenhauer's career as the Longhorns won 5-4 on Monday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

Tenth-inning rally salvages 5-4 win
Daily Texan
The bad breaks had to end sometime. Luckily for Texas, they ended in the bottom of the tenth inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, sophomore Russell Moldenhauer hit a trickling single to the left side of the infield to give the No. 13 Longhorns (17-6) a 5-4 victory over Oral Roberts (13-6).

Women's hoops:

Texas in a relaxed state of mind
Austin American-Statesman
Not so long ago, Texas coach Gail Goestenkors was soaking up the same national spotlight as Connecticut's Geno Auriemma. Like Auriemma's Huskies this year, Goestenkor's Duke team earned the top overall seed in the 2007 NCAA tournament. For more than a decade, she never really sweated the early rounds — victories were near guarantees until she got to the Elite Eight. Her teams earned a No. 1 seed in six of seven seasons and were no lower than a No. 2 for eight straight years. Then Goestenkors came to Texas 11 months ago for a $1 million annual contract and the chance to refurbish the Longhorn program. She's taken nothing for granted since then.

Women's NCAA Tournament: Connecticut-Texas
Dallas Morning News

An uphill struggle for Longhorns
Daily Texan
It's a new chapter in the battle between Gail and Geno. Legendary coaches Gail Goestenkors and Geno Auriemma's teams clashed several times in the NCAA tournament while Goestenkors was at Duke. This time will be different. Rather than a match up of two powerhouses, like when Goestenkors was at the helm for the Blue Devils, this year Goestenkors will face off against a heavily favored powerhouse Connecticut team with an underdog Texas squad.

Big 12, Big East face off twice in NCAA tournament at Bridgeport
Associated Press
Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma is impressed by Texas, no doubt. But as far as the UConn coach is concerned, Tuesday's second-round NCAA game between the Huskies and Texas is not about the Longhorns.

Texas A Study In Togetherness
Hartford Courant
They were required to read books. They had to give oral reports. They were told to keep journals. Texas players aren't afraid to admit it now. When Gail Goestenkors moved her coaching address from Duke to Texas last April, they thought her off-court demands were crazy.

Huskies set sights on Longhorns
Danbury News-Times

Texas coach has had success against UConn
Waterbury Republican American
The University of Texas women's basketball team goes into tonight's game against No. 1-ranked UConn with no players who have postseason experience and a pair of sophomore captains. The Longhorns do, however, have a coach in Gail Goestenkors who has a wealth of experience and success even against UConn.

Earning ayes of Texas
Boston Globe
All of this talk about Texas coach Gail Goestenkors's previous success at Arena at Harbor Yard took Longhorns guard Erneisha Bailey slightly by surprise yesterday. more stories like this


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