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Texas Longhorns
RECORD: - REGION: Atlanta  SEED: 3
COACH: Rick Barnes CONFERENCE: Big 12
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Road to the Final Four  ...................................................................................

PREVIOUS GAMES
OPPONENT ROUND RESULT
Princeton 1st Round W 66 - 49
North Carolina 2nd Round W 78 - 75
Xavier Sweet 16 L 79 - 71


REGULAR SEASON STATISTICS


Will lose when ...
Shoot too many 3-pointers and can't get enough easy looks in transition.

Famous Last Words
Overall talent is good enough to return to the Final Four, but the pieces don't all fit exactly right.

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TO THIS POINT    
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How They Got Here: The Longhorns started slowly against Princeton and finished unsteadily against North Carolina. Most everything in between was just what Rick Barnes ordered. The Tigers' style took some getting used to, but Texas dominated the second half in route to a 15-point victory. Then the Longhorns used their depth and inside advantages to control the Tar Heels before surviving a late rally.

If Texas is able to get to the Final Four it will have earned it as being the most adaptable team in the tournament. Next up is Xavier, which plays more at North Carolina's pace, but has gotten here with dominance from the 3-point arc. How Texas defends that and how much the Longhorns capitalize on a distinct size advantage will determine an Elite Eight appearance with Duke looming following a matchup with Illinois.

Texas played Duke just before Christmas and got run out of Madison Square Garden by the Blue Devils, 89-61. Longhorn veterans Brandon Mouton and Royal Ivey shot a combined seven-for-25 in a game that was as humiliating as the final score would indicate. That version of the 2003-04 Longhorns still hadn't figured out how to function without a true point guard. This one has.

Yes, the Longhorns lost twice to Big 12's best in March, but Oklahoma State is not going to be anywhere near Texas until San Antonio -- if both get there. So, the second-best team will go about its business with plenty of confidence. Of UT's seven losses, only two were of the "bad" variety -- at Kansas State and Iowa State. The Horns also lost to Arizona in NYC, but also won at Providence and handled Wake Forest in Austin.

PLAYER TO WATCH      
Brandon Mouton | G | Senior
For Texas to advance, the Horns will need a consistent scorer to emerge -- and that means Brandon Mouton. The senior can knock down the three or the mid-range jumper and can get to the basket. Mouton picked up the scoring pace late in the season and had an outstanding 2003 tourney.

ROSTER
NO NAME HT WT YR  PPG RPG APG MPG FG% FT% 3PT%
  Brandon Mouton 6-4  205 Sr 13.43.31.529.7.414.726.339
  P.J. Tucker 6-6  224 Jr 10.76.80.922.4.556.645.000
  Royal Ivey 6-4  215 Jr 9.03.94.229.0.439.569.400
  Brian Boddicker 6-8  228 Sr 7.94.90.521.5.440.766.424
  Kenny Taylor 6-2  190 Sr 7.82.01.319.8.368.813.367
  Jason Klotz 6-9  245 Sr 7.33.80.316.1.528.7551.000
  James Thomas 6-8  235 Sr 5.86.10.316.6.465.651.000
  Brad Buckman 6-8  235 Sr 5.84.60.615.3.379.724.308
  Kenton Paulino 6-1  185 Sr 4.81.41.915.7.350.647.339
  Sydmill Harris 6-4  200 Sr 4.21.20.411.5.365.600.347
  Edgar Moreno 6-2  195 Sr 3.21.32.612.5.548.500.188
  Drew Gressett 6-0  180 Sr 0.70.00.01.7.500.000.000
  Kyle Peco 6-0  165 Fr 0.60.00.01.6.000.750.000



LAST 5 GAMES LEADERS
OPPONENT RESULT POINTS REBOUNDS ASSISTS
@ Kansas StateL, 58-48   
@ Oklahoma StateL, 76-67   
Texas TechW, 74-71   
KansasW, 82-67   
@ OklahomaW, 68-63   


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