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Elite teams are relying on stud freshmen

Updated: December 22, 2006, 12:52 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

If you want to know how much this freshmen class means to college basketball, sit down with Texas coach Rick Barnes for a reality check.

"Without this class we'd be dead," Barnes said. "Think about it. We lost everybody and had only four returning players. In our situation, we need them."

Four of Texas' top five scorers, including 21.2-point scorer Kevin Durant, are freshmen. That was a freshman, by the name of D.J. Augustin, who had 25 in an overtime win over LSU in Houston. And ...

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