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Texas Longhorn Basketball

Tournament experience tilts in Horns' favor
Austin American-Statesman
Dogus Balbay promises he is not going to be nervous. He swears it. After all, didn't the Texas sophomore from Turkey play in some of the most intense games around on the rough European circuit during his teen years? Sure, he's not seen one NCAA tournament basketball game in person, much less played in one.

Horns draw Minnesota in first round of tournament
Austin American-Statesman
The Longhorns, making a school-record 11th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, will hook up with Minnesota, a school they have never faced in basketball.

Texas, Texas A&M have tough road to NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16
Dallas Morning News
Rick Barnes believes his Texas men's basketball team is "in a good place." He means mentally, as opposed to geographically, as it applies to the NCAA Tournament.

Rick Barnes will coach against old friend Tubby Smith
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Texas coach Rick Barnes and Minnesota counterpart Tubby Smith are old friends, having played, coached or recruited against each other since their college days, and they have remained close friends.

UT's Barnes to see a familiar face in NCAAs
San Antonio Express-News
Rick Barnes wasn't yet enrolled at Lenoir-Rhyne College in the early 1970s, but he spent plenty of time there anyway. As a Hickory, N.C., high-schooler, he'd watch the local men's basketball team play as often as he could, and more than three decades later, he still remembers the time High Point College came to town with a point guard named Orlando Smith.

Texas Longhorn Baseball

Texas rallies in bottom of ninth to beat Missouri
Austin American-Statesman
Goodbye, 2008. In fact, goodbye to the past three years. As Morgan Mickan slid head first across home plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, he wiped away any comparisons between the 2009 version of the Texas Longhorns and recent history.

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