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Texas baseball’s RPI ‘historically bad’; NCAA hopes slim

This week staff writer Kevin Lyttle took a look at the baseball programs in the state and their prospects of reaching the NCAA tournament. He has high hopes for Texas A&M, Texas Tech, TCU, Rice and Dallas Baptist getting a ticket to the playoffs and start the road … Read More

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NCAA Tournament projections: Planting The Seeds (March 4)

The American-Statesman’s NCAA Tournament projections — called Planting The Seeds — have become among the best forecasters in the country and a popular feature in our newspaper. As we move toward Selection Sunday on March 13, we update The Seeds more regularly, and you can often find them on our … Read More

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UT ex Justin Tucker earns franchise tag with Ravens

Justin Tucker, one of the most reliable kickers in the NFL, was given the franchise tag Friday by the Ravens in order to keep the former Westlake Chaparral and Texas Longhorn in Baltimore for the 2016 season. Tucker and the Ravens have been unable to come to agreement on a … Read More

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Horns rise up Big 12 power poll (and national poll)

With 6 of the 10 teams in the Big 12 playing Tuesday night, I’ve updated my power poll from the one that was in the Wednesday print edition of the American-Statesman. I’ve also provided a look at how my Top 25 national ballot might look like if we … Read More

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At half way point of season, what do Big 12 officials, Shaka Smart think about the rule changes?

The NCAA is touting a better brand of hoops. This season, new directives installed to create more motion and space on the basketball court while reducing the time of the shot clock, have driven an almost six-point increase in scoring. NCAA Division I teams were averaging 73.4 points per … Read More

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Lyttle: What are the odds Texas hoops can win Big 12 title?

In Wednesday’s Big 12 update and power poll, staff writer Kevin Lyttle breaks down the top six teams’ chances to win the Big 12 regular season title. Could this be the year that another team breaks Kansas’ incredible 11-year streak of regular-season titles? What are the … Read More

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How does Texas compare? Big 12 football recruiting vs. on-field results

We took a hard look back at the five-year recruiting cycle that made up the rosters for the 2015 season to compare the recruiting numbers to the results on the field. Here is a look at the Big 12 recruiting ranking, according to 247Sports, for the five-year period that made up … Read More

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Texas expected to make powerful late push in recruiting

With less than five days until national signing day, Kevin Lyttle breaks down the 2016 class situations for the Big 12 teams. According to folks at recruiting sites 247Sports, ESPN, Scout and other places the Longhorns will shoot up the charts because they are finalists for eight to … Read More

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Shaka Smart: ‘We’ve got to get better at playing faster’

Texas men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart answered questions from reporters on this morning’s Big 12 teleconference call. Some highlights of Smart’s time on the call from the Statesman’s Kevin Lyttle: On changing the gameplan since Cam Ridley’s injury Shaka Smart:'transition is something we can … Read More

Our fifth annual Ranking the NFL Longhorns project: Thomas leads the list

Ten former Texas Longhorns will appear in the NFL playoffs, including one defensive leader determined to get his team back to the Super Bowl and another defensive stopper desperate to snap his franchise’s 22-year run of postseason futility. Free safety Earl Thomas and his Seattle Seahawks are on a roll … Read More

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Shaka Smart first impressions of Big 12: ‘Teams played through the roof’

Texas head basketball coach Shaka Smart answered questions from reporters on this morning’s Big 12 teleconference call. Some highlights of Smart’s time on the call from the Statesman’s Kevin Lyttle: On Demarcus Holland’s lack of playing time: Shaka Smart on Demarcus Holland's limited minutes: … Read More

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Powerful North Carolina is concerned about Texas trip

It’s not often that you can get the North Carolina Tar Heels to bring their super-sized basketball program to your arena, so connoisseurs of the sport in Central Texas are in for a rare treat Saturday. The third-ranked Tar Heels play the Longhorns at the Erwin Center at 4:15 … Read More

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Hard to believe, but 4-7 Longhorns could be back in bowl picture

After Texas lost a 48-45 shootout to Texas Tech on Thanksgiving night, the Longhorns thought they would be home for the holidays. Not so fast … The ever-mushrooming bowl season is the gift that keeps on giving. The postseason has expanded to 41 games (40 bowls and a national title … Read More

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Bevo XIV diagnosed with cancer, to retire immediately

Beloved University of Texas mascot Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia virus and is being retired immediately. A preliminary diagnosis of the illness last week was confirmed by several of the state’s top veterinarians and his long-time vet Dr. John Tarlton. Bevo XIV, whose given name is Sunrise … Read More

Texas 42, Rice 28: Five key plays

There were 134 snaps taken in Texas’ 42-28 win over Rice on Saturday. Here are five that ended up making a big difference: 1. Shot Heard ’round DKR After Texas built a 21-0 first-quarter lead, Rice dominated the second quarter and went into halftime down just 21-14. The … Read More

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Despite win, Horns defense couldn’t get off field

A win is a win is a win, but … Texas players and staff weren’t thrilled with the way Saturday’s Rice game played out, save for all their big plays. That’s because the defense was on the field nearly the entire night. Rice ran an astounding 96 plays to a … Read More

Longhorns notebook: Gray held in check (again)

All week long, the Texas coaching staff hinted that Johnathan Gray would be a big part of the offensive game plan against Rice. Turns out the senior running back was almost no factor at all. Gray had nine carries for 17 yards, a 1.9 average. He did have a 1-yard … Read More

Ranking the top BCS title games: Texas-USC rules

Texas and USC pulled off the near impossible in the 2006 Rose Bowl — a game where performance actually topped incredible hype. The setup had everything: Two of the most iconic programs in the sport, massive winning streaks, individual star power, Wild West vs. Hollywood, all in the grandest setting … Read More

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Big 12 hoops: four to the floor

By Kevin Lyttle American-Statesman So if you knew the Big 12 men’s basketball race was coming down to a four-team scrum with just over a week to play, what are the odds that not one of the four would be Texas? Maybe 20-to-1? How about 30-to-1? Heck, perhaps as much … Read More

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Big 12 baseball tourney: UT’s in good shape

Texas is in ideal position late tonight to take a crack at regular-season champion Oklahoma State in a Big 12 baseball tournament winners-bracket game at Oklahoma City. The Longhorns have all their top pitchers available, and they have emerged from a lengthy hitting funk. Texas drilled Texas Tech 8-3 late … Read More