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All the Big 12-2 Conference news that is and isn't fit to read.

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"A lot of people were getting the feeling of déjà vu all over again,"
UT forward Gary Johnson said. "But we weren’t going to let that
happen."

The Horns have been healed.

Texas' self-destruction, three weeks in the making, was nearing its climax, and the reasons were obvious.

Jordan Hamilton forgot how to score. He and his teammates lost the ability to defend. The Longhorns didn't have a point guard who could make a play, and they couldn't hit a measly free throw if their season depended on it.

But in the closing minutes at Baylor on Saturday, they didn't just fix one of those problems. They fixed them all.

Baylor's bubble has burst. (At least Baylor got some good news this week...Amazing that the girl's jaw broke all by itself.)

Baylor. That home loss to Texas put the Bears off the bubble and into the NIT. Their résumé (RPI in the 70s, with two wins over Texas A&M and nothing else) is terrible, and they lost four of their last five heading into the Big 12 tourney. They'll need to pull off a miracle to get the league's automatic bid.

Texas is the No. 2 seed in the Big 12-2 tournament.

Five Longhorns earned conference honors.

Five Texas players earned spots on the 2010-11 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Award teams, the league office announced Sunday. Senior guard Dogus Balbay was named Defensive Player of the Year and forward/center Tristan Thompson was named Freshman of the Year. Sophomore swingman Jordan Hamilton claimed a spot on the six-person All-Big 12 First Team.

Jordan Hamilton has been named one of 10 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy.

Yahoo Sports' All-Big 12 team is out.

F Tristan Thompson, Texas, freshman – One of the key reasons for the Longhorns’ turnaround … Impacts the game more than any Texas player because of his athleticism and length … Averages 13.3 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds … Leads the Big 12 in blocks with 2.2 per contest … Also contributes a league-best 3.6 offensive rebounds per game … Had 26 points and 10 rebounds against Kansas State … Blocked a season-high five shots in a win at Kansas.

 

Football

The Horns are a work in progress.

"I think we'll be behind all spring," Brown said. "You have an offense in place for 13 years, the guys knew what to do even if you tweaked it. You have a defense in place for the last three years without a change. No question we'll be a work in progress for awhile."

Dr. Saturday takes a look at the QB competition.

Get out your magnifying glasses and fingerprint kits, junior Bevos, and let's try to figure out what's going on with Texas' quarterback competition this spring. First question: Wait, is there a real competition?

Mike Davis has become very popular this spring.

"Right now, he would be the go-to receiver on our team," said coach Mack Brown. "He’s really had three great days of practice, not good days. We’ve been impressed."

ESPN's David Ubben talks to Fozzy Whittaker.

It's a new reality.

Gideon said he and his teammates had initial doubts about some of Diaz's schemes — "Who's going to cover this guy?" they asked — only to discover they were routinely forcing turnovers and making big stops in practice.

After three years of operating in Will Muschamp's disciplined system, the UT defenders are slowly adapting to Diaz's more free-form style, which Gideon said offers "a lot of flexibility."

"He lets us roam," Gideon said. "(Muschamp) wasn't very lenient."

People are still trying to retire Mack Brown?

 

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Tommy Tuberville is a likeable guy.

THERE IS ABOUT Tommy Tuberville a seemingly easy-going manner, a countenance of assuredness without swagger and a smile eager to assure.

He had completed his first year on the job and, despite the fact it didn’t seem to be of any personal concern, he had in reality spent it under the shadow of the Leach mystique.

And, when Leach’s coaching history is analyzed and dissected, his staying power comes more from being a martyr than a performer.

The schemes haven't changed, just the names.

OSU, home of one of the nation’s best offenses the past two years, changed three of its offensive assistant coaches in the offseason. The highlight comes at the top, where Todd Monken replaces Dana Holgorsen as coordinator. But instead of bringing a new scheme to Stillwater, Okla., Monken, running backs coach Jemal Singleton and receivers coach Kasey Dunn will adapt to how the Cowboys have run their offense.

Poke QB Brandon Weedon gets to teach the offense to the new offensive coordinator.

The senior-to-be is the teacher, tutoring new offensive coordinator Todd Monken in the Cowboy offense as spring football is set to begin on Monday. Monken became OSU's offensive coordinator after Holgorsen left for West Virginia in January.

"He came in trying to learn our system," Weeden said. "So I've spent a lot of time with him, teaching him a little bit. He's really catching on and understanding what we are trying to do."

The Sooners are starting spring practice and there are lots of questions to answer.

Bob Stoops has brought glitz to Oklahoma.

USC's former coach, then, couldn't possibly understand that Stoops has his own Hollywood. It, too, is a place where recruits want to be and coaches settle into, but in a much different way than Carroll's Southern California. It all resides near I-35, a mostly inglorious interstate that connects Duluth, Minn. to Laredo, Texas. Tucked away along that stretch of highway that runs near here is the Stoops family's new home.

 

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Crime and college football.

Two schools actually do background checks on their recruits.

CBS and SI did background checks on every player as of Sept. 1, 2010 and found that 204 of 2,837 players had legal issues, and that only Oklahoma and TCU (within the preseason top 25) do background checks on players.

NewsOK discusses the Land Thieves crime ranking.

The NCAA should follow BYU's lead. (Right....because a chastity violation is soooo much like an athlete breaking a violence code violation.)

Can you really compare college basketball teams?

Luckily, we have a statistical technique that can begin to answer those questions. The concept of Similarity Scores was first proposed by Bill James, and adopted to basketball in the last few years. At its most basic level, a similarity score takes in the relevant stats of the two teams one wishes to compare and creates a value that represents the difference between the two teams. By repeating this process for all teams, we can see which teams are the most similar.

College basketball is mediocre this year but that's not a problem in March.

College basketball is down this year. Mediocre.

I’ve said it numerous times, heard it from countless coaches, fans and even players throughout the season.

But it won’t matter in a couple weeks. In fact, it could become an advantage in what may be the most insane March Madness in recent memory.

ESPN actually wants to have in-depth analysis about the sport they are covering.

Dean Oliver, the leader in cutting-edge sports statistical analysis, is leaving his position with the Denver Nuggets and is headed to ESPN as director, production analytics.

Houstonian and recruit "specialist" Willie Lyles is a pariah.

"We've been told to stay away from him, keep your kids away from him," one local coach said on the condition of anonymity. In separate interviews, two other coaches echoed his statement.

Should Oregon be worried about the NCAA looking into the Ducks' relationship with Lyles?

If you're an Oregon fan, you should be very nervous. And if you're a fan of a lot of big programs, you probably shouldn't be too giddy about the Ducks' predicament, as I'll explain in a moment.

Keep in mind that the NCAA has been determined to slow down or stop the the AAU-ization of college football via street agents, runners and dubious middle men that have popped up at a staggering rate in the past few years through the proliferation of the offseason recruiting business and 7-on-7 world.

Auburn lost money on the national championship.

Where are they now...Catching up with Darrell Scott.