On Friday, I wondered whether Texas had an AJ Abrams problem. I concluded that his benefits he provided on offense outweighed his limitations, but may have spoken a day too soon. Abrams was atrocious on Saturday afternoon, and the main reason Texas lost, 73-72. Why Rick Barnes played him for 38 minutes against a team that physical is beyond me.
No rest for the weary for Rick Barnes' club. Texas participates in ESPN's Big Monday with a road trip to College Station. The Aggies are fresh off of a stunning upset in Lawrence that vaults them to the top of the Big 12 standings. Texas is a double-digit underdog, according to Ken Pomeroy's ratings.
The Longhorns managed just one run in the rubber match with USD, dropping Sunday's game 4-1, despite a solid outing from James Russell. Texas will try to get back in the win column on Tuesday against UT-Arlington. Game is at 3:00 at the Dell Diamond.
As noted below, Mack Brown got the final commit he was seeking for his 2007 class, and it was a good one: Christian Scott chose the Longhorns over LSU, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma State. Along with USC, Tennessee, and Florida, the Longhorns are at the top of the ranks in recruiting this year. You can view an updated list of all Texas' 2007 commits here.
Horns fans who want a nice visual representation of where Texas' recruits are coming from should keep an eye on Texas' Map Game Day Page, where Richard's mapping out where each recruit is coming from. Or start at the Map Game Day Recruiting Home Page and browse by state, school, or conference. All very cool.
Last, I leave you with a question: did the Longhorns and Trojans suck up and use all the championship game drama left in the universe? Since the thrilling 2006 Rose Bowl in January of last year, we haven't had a sniff of an exciting title game.
First, the Steelers beat the Seahawks in a forgettable Super Bowl. In early April, Florida captured the NCAA hoops crown with a not terribly exciting win over UCLA. The Miami Heat dispatched the Dallas Mavericks in six games, with a collapse by Dallas after game two. The St. Louis Freaking Cardinals won the World Series over the Detroit Tigers in a snoozer. We got the BCS Title game this year - a Florida romp - and the Super Bowl last night, a boring Colts win.