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Written by Trey Scott | 20 March 2011

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This post was supposed to be five paragraphs long, but I’m going to cut it abruptly short and just make it four.

Salt in the wound?

You can blame who you want, the officials, Jordan Hamilton, Cory Joseph, Rick Barnes, the NCAA, Dick Vitale, Marv Albert, Barack Obama, Libya — it’s not going to do any good.

The Longhorns are going home early.

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Written by Trey Scott | 20 March 2011

i-2Texas (4) plays Arizona (5) today in Tulsa, with the winner advancing to the round of 16.

But the Longhorns aren’t nearly as worried about the Wildcats (28-7) as they are about their star forward Derrick Williams, who is averaging 19 points and eight rebounds a game.

If Texas can stop Williams — Rick Barnes has given the assignment to Gary Johnson — then this should be a game it will win.

That is a big “if” though. Williams has proved to be nearly unstoppable this year and has had a tremendous impact in every facet of the game for Arizona. Look no further than Friday against Memphis, when he scored 22 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and swatted what might have been Memphis’ game-winning shot.

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Written by Trey Scott | 18 March 2011

oaklandA 17-point lead turned into a four-point win against 13-seed Oakland in the second (weird) round of the NCAA Tournament. There’s a lot of good things about this 85-81 win, most importantly that it means Texas survives and advances to face the winner of the Memphis (12)/Arizona (5) game. But, if the Longhorns still expect to be a national championship contender, and they do, then they’ll need to iron out a few wrinkles.

Let’s start with the bad, for no other reason than that it’s always better to finish with the good:

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Written by Trey Scott | 17 March 2011

practiceDue to the fact that it’s already Thursday evening and a slew of games have already been completed, I’ll assume that you readers have already filled out your brackets and contemplated potential matchups.

I’m sure that if you are a Texas fan, you weren’t too pleased with the Longhorns receiving a 4 seed and drawing a tough one against Oakland in the first round.

So with both teams taking the court in Tulsa about twelve hours, here are a few late-night thoughts. You’ve probably already heard them, but it never hurts to hear some stuff twice. no comments

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Written by Trey Scott | 15 March 2011

augieErich Weiss had just finished his post-game interviews and was walking back to the clubhouse, when a young fan reached over the railing and asked for him to autograph a baseball. Weiss obliged and, right when he was about to sign the ball, the kid asked him the funniest question I’ve heard all year.

“So are you a player on the team or something?”

After such a weekend from the freshman phenom, I guess you could say that.

 

Weiss’ heroics, along with some other impressive individual — looking at you, Tant Shepherd — and team performances, were the talk of the dramatic win over UTSA and a weekend series against Brown, a 3-1 final series advantage for the Longhorns.

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Written by Trey Scott | 13 March 2011

1ughThe Longhorns lost to the Jayhawks for the third time in the Big 12 Conference Championship game last night, 85-73.

And man, was it ugly. 

Kansas (32-2) came out running and gunning, establishing a pace that Texas (27-7) might not have been expecting and capitalizing on any and all Longhorn turnovers, going in to halftime with a 48-33 lead. Their lead was cut to eight in the second half, but Texas just wasn't strong enough to make a run. no comments

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Written by Trey Scott | 12 March 2011

4dunkIf the Longhorns wanted one last chance to prove they deserve a top seed in the NCAA tournament, here it is.

They’ll play No. 2 Kansas (31-2) tonight for the Big 12 Championship in a rematch of a 74-63 Texas win in Lawrence.

It’s the heavyweight title bout that just about everybody wanted, and expected, to see. The Jayhawks have won eight Big 12 Tournament Championships, the Longhorns with none — but they’ve gotten close a few times and have established themselves as the class of the Big 12 south division.

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Written by Trey Scott | 10 March 2011

barnesjordanThis one was over yesterday.

Baylor announced the suspension of talented freshman Perry Jones III for their first-round game against Oklahoma, the Sooners capitalized and beat the listless Bears 84-67, setting up a second-round match with the Longhorns.

No. 10 Texas loved this of course, given their season success over Oklahoma; much easier wins than the games against Baylor.

Tonight’s game was just a reflection of that, an easy 70-52 win over the rival Sooners. no comments

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Written by Trey Scott | 10 March 2011

kevinthomasThe Longhorns picked up another commitment today — their fifth of the 2012 recruiting class — with a verbal from 6-7, 205 pound forward Kevin Thomas. Thomas is the second Canadian in the 2011 class, a teammate on the AAU Grassroots Canada team with Myck Kabongo.

Thomas, a three-star recruit, will add some much-needed depth on the wing for Texas next year, presuming Jordan Hamilton declares for the NBA draft, and could even be a candidate to start sometime down the road of his first year.

His versatility is what caught the Longhorns’ attention, as he is athletic, skilled with the ball and possesses an improving jump shot. Barnes doesn’t really call on many forwards to handle the ball, but Thomas certainly has the ability to do so. no comments

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Written by Trey Scott | 09 March 2011

tantIt took 365 at-bats for the Longhorns to hit their first home run of the year.

30 more, and they had hit their second, this one in walk-off fashion.

Tant Shepherd’s three-run shot to left field in the bottom of the eleventh inning — with two outs and an 0-2 count — is the highlight of the year so far. And Texas needed it, because it was very close to an embarrassing loss against UTSA.

The game shouldn’t have even gone into extra innings, but the Roadrunners put together a five-run eighth inning to tie the game, one the Longhorns had dominated throughout. no comments

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