College Sports Morning Headlines-03/04/11

News from around the Texas College Scene - 03/04/11.

Baseball Heads to Houston College Classic - No. 16 Bears take on Houston, Utah and Rice.  Baylor's 16th-ranked baseball team heads to Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas for the Houston College Classic this weekend. The Bears take on Houston on Friday at noon, Utah on Saturday at noon and Rice at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.  The Bears enter the series with a 4-4 record. Baylor won two of three in a three-game set at Georgia last weekend for their fourth consecutive series win dating back to the 2010 season. The Bears lost a midweek game at home against Texas State on Tuesday.   READ MORE

Softball Heads West To San Diego - Baylor is off to its best start in program history with an 16-1 record, surpassing its 14-1 start in 2005.  The Baylor softball team (16-1) will look to continue the best start in program history, traveling on a 10-day, eight-game road trip beginning with five games at the Campbell/Carier Classic in San Diego, Calif. on March 3-6.  All games can be heard live and for free on baylorbears.com.   READ MORE

MBB, Dunn Host Texas for College GameDay - Saturday's regular-season finale will tip at 8:05 p.m. CST on ESPN.  QUICK HITS:  • For the first time in school history, Baylor will be the epicenter of college basketball Saturday as the host site for ESPN's College GameDay Driven by State Farm. And for the second consecutive season, Baylor (18-11) will host long-time rival Texas (24-6) in the regular-season finale at the Ferrell Center.  • Saturday marks the 236th series meeting -- the longest-standing rivalry for both schools.  • Baylor needs two more wins to clinch its school-record fourth consecutive 20-win season.  • Baylor is 91-45 over the last four seasons and has never posted four consecutive 20-win seasons or four consecutive postseason appearances in school history.  • Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 617 consecutive games.   READ MORE




Horns' Weiss starting his college career with a bang - Pitch after anguishing pitch, Erich Weiss refused to back down.Though it was only batting practice — a chance for Texas pitchers to get some work in — the bashful freshman couldn't help but do what came naturally. He'd slide into the batter's box, smoothing his 6-foot-2-inch frame into a wide stance and cocking his right foot out a few inches, all while sidling dangerously close to the plate.  "Then they'd throw pitch after pitch after pitch," said Longhorns associate head coach Tommy Harmon, "and he'd just foul them all off. Frustrated them so much that they'd finally give him something to hit and he'd drive it."    READ MORE

A closer look at the Horns' eight undecided recruits - The Texas Longhorns already have 13 commitments for next year's recruiting class, but there are another eight in-state prospects who have scholarship offers but haven't decided.   READ MORE

Former Horn Acho to appear at fund-raiser on Friday - Former Longhorn Sam Acho, fresh off a dazzling performance at the NFL combine that certainly elevated his stock for the April draft, will make an appearance Friday in Austin to help raise donations for the Christian missionary program founded and operated by his family that provides free medical and dental aid in Nigeria.   READ MORE




A true 12th Man: Darko has helped lead A&M men's basketball team - A couple of hours before tipoff for the Colorado game, every player on Texas A&M's team received a text.  It called for a players' only meeting in Andrew Darko's hotel room.  "I think they were [shocked]," Darko said. "A couple of people were like, what? Darko is calling a team meeting?"  Darko couldn't have seemed like the leading candidate to gather the Aggies. He'd logged just 55 minutes on the court over his first three seasons, and had been nothing more than a role player off the bench as a senior. But here he was beckoning everyone to his room.  He had to get something off his chest.   READ MORE

Aggie baseball team set for College Classic - The No. 13 Texas A&M baseball team will make its sixth appearance in the Houston College Classic at Minute Maid Park. The Aggies will face Utah at 3:30 p.m. Friday, No. 17 Rice at 7 p.m. Saturday and Houston at 6 p.m. Sunday.  The Aggies (8-1) are riding a two-game winning streak after sweeping a two-game set from Texas-Pan American this week at Olsen Field.   READ MORE

Aggies Pick Up Their QB - Trevor Knight (6'2 190, QB, San Antonio Reagan HS)  verbally committed to A&M today, becoming the Aggies 16th commitment of the 2012 class. Many rank Knight as the top passing quarterback in the State. The Ags are likely done at the QB position in this recruiting class. With four other QBs on campus, the Aggies do not need to bring in more than one QB in this class. Knight was one of three QBs that A&M offered, along with Matt Davis, and texas commit Connor Brewer. Reagan appears to run an offense very similar to A&M's West Coast offense, with zone read and spread concepts included. Knight has a nice over-the-top throwing motion, and is adept at scrambling out of the zone read. Mike Sherman has built some nice depth at the QB position on campus. Knight is a nice addition to this class, which is looking more and more like one of the top A&M recruiting classes in the last two decades.   READ MORE




Double-T Nation Daily Diatribe | 2011-03-04 - First up, Totally Tech's TTU Red has posted new campus pictures, excellent as always, for those of you that do not live in Lubbock . . . For those of you keeping score, the University of Texas has named two ESPN bigwigs to be Vice Presidents as the fledgling UT Network . . . Former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach is trying to change legislation, by hiring a lobbying firm, to permit an employee of the state to sue said state employer.   I think this is a longshot by Leach, but I guess we'll see.   There are a ton of comments on the link, which is from Texas Monthly.  READ MORE

Football To Host Saturday Morning Scrimmage - Scrimmage set for 11:10 a.m. at Jones AT&T Stadium.  Texas Tech football will hold its scrimmage scrimmage of the spring this Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium.  The scrimmage will get underway at 11:10 a.m. and fans are asked to enter the stadium through Gate 1 and sit on the west side of the stadium. Parking will be available in the C1 commuter lot which is the main parking area between Jones AT&T Stadium and the City Bank Coliseum/Auditorium.    READ MORE

Lady Raiders Host No. 18/17 Oklahoma in Regular-Season Finale - Senior Teena Wickett will be honored prior to the start of the game.  The Game:  Texas Tech (20-9/7-8) concludes regular-season play by hosting No. 18/17 Oklahoma (20-9/10-5) on Sat., March 5, at 2 p.m. It is the 43rd meeting between the two schools. It is also Senior Day on Saturday as the Lady Raiders honor their lone senior Teena Wickett prior to the start of the game.   READ MORE




No. 23 Houston Falls to San Diego State in Day One Nightcap, 6-0 - Bourgeois strikes out four in complete game loss.  The University of Houston softball team gave up its first loss of the Campbell/Cartier Classic to host team San Diego State, 6-0, Thursday night at the SDSU Softball Stadium.  The Cougars (14-4) fell victim to a two-hit shutout, dealt by Aztec starter Samantha Beasley (2-2). In the circle, senior right-hander Donna Bourgeois (4-4) scattered nine hits over her seven innings in the circle, while allowing five earned runs. Thursday's loss marked the first time since opening day that the Cougars' were defeated by more than two runs.  At the plate, redshirt junior second baseman Jennifer Klinkert and sophomore shortstop Brooke Lathan each tagged singles, giving them at least one hit in both of Thursday's games.   READ MORE

Men's Basketball Wraps up Regular Season vs. Rice on Saturday - Cougars to honor four-man senior class in pregame ceremonies.  The University of Houston men's basketball team wraps up the regular season against a familiar rival when it squares off against Rice at 5 p.m., Saturday, in a Conference USA showdown in Hofheinz Pavilion.  Prior to Saturday's game, the Cougars will recognize their 2011 senior class. Houston will pay tribute to guards Cory Tellis, Adam Brown and Zamal Nixon and forward Maurice McNeil and their families.  The Cougars enter this weekend's regular-season finale following a tough 80-77 loss at league-rival Tulane on Wednesday in New Orleans. Against the Green Wave, McNeil finished with a team-high 21 points, while Nixon poured in 20 second-half points, including five 3-pointers, to pace the Cougars.   READ MORE

Cougars Drop Cougars in First Game of Campbell/Cartier Classic, 4-0 - No. 23 Houston shuts out BYU to move to 14-3 on season.  The University of Houston softball team opened the weekend at the Campbell/Cartier Classic with a win against BYU, 4-0.  The Cougars (14-3) overtook the Cougars of BYU (7-9) using senior right-hander Amanda Crabtree's fifth complete game shutout of the season. Crabtree moved to 9-0 after surrendering just two hits to the Cougars, while striking out 10.   READ MORE




Owls Clinch a First-Round Bye with 73-63 Win at SMU - Kuster Goes For 23 points and 13 rebounds.  Jessica Kuster scored a game-high 23 points and Brianna Hypolite added 21 points to lead the Rice Owls to a 73-63 win over SMU inside Moody Coliseum. With the victory, Rice clinches one a top four seed and a first round bye in next week's (March 9-12) Conference USA tournament. The Owls are now 18-12 overall and 10-6 in C-USA, while the Mustangs are 14-15 on the season and 7-9 in C-USA action.  Kuster also had a game-high 13 rebounds for her team-leading 12th double-double of the season. The super freshman made of eight of 16 from the floor and 6-7 free throws and scored 19 points in the second-half. Kuster now has 325 rebounds on the season to rank second in Rice history.   READ MORE

Owls Head Way Downtown This Weekend For Games At Minute Maid Park - Rice Meets Kentucky, Texas A&M and Baylor This Weekend.  After splitting a two-game series with nationally-ranked Arizona on the road earlier this week in Tucson, Ariz. (March 1-2), the 15th-ranked Rice baseball team (6-4) meets three more tough opponents this weekend at the annual Houston College Classic Tournament (Mar. 4-6). The tournament is downtown at Minute Maid Park, major league home of the Houston Astros. The Owls face SEC foe Kentucky (4-4) at 7 pm on Friday, nationally-ranked Texas A&M (6-1) at 7 pm on Saturday and Baylor (4-4) at 2:30 pm Sunday.   READ MORE

Pflieger Finalist for V Foundation Comeback Award - 11 finalists announced by V Foundation for Cancer Research.  Rice University senior guard Cory Pflieger, who has had to overcome not one, but two season-ending injuries during his career at Rice, has been named one of 11 finalists for the eleventh annual V Foundation Comeback Award. The V Foundation for Cancer Research announced the finalists on Thursday.  The V Foundation Comeback Award is presented in conjunction with ESPN and the recipient will be announced during ESPN's basketball tournament coverage in early April.   READ MORE




Mustangs Fall 73-63 To Rice In Regular Season Finale - SMU faces UTEP in first round of C-USA Tournament.  SMU senior Haley Day posted a double-double in her final home game, but it wasn't enough lift the Mustangs over the Owls as Rice won 73-63 in Moody Coliseum Thursday night.  Day scored 12 points with 10 rebounds, and fellow senior Raquel Christian added 10 points. Alisha Filmore scored 14 points to lead SMU (14-15, 7-9 Conference USA).   READ MORE

Teurlings Catholic QB hearing from SMU - Dshaie Landor, fresh off an impressive showing at the Baton Rouge NUC, talks about recruiting with Scout.com. While Landor doesn't have prototype QB size, he's determined to play that position in college. Read further to get the details.  "I called Coach (Jeff) Reinebold from SMU earlier this week," said Dshaie Landor. "He asked if anyone had offered yet, and I told him no. He said they want to be the first to offer. I sent a hard copy of my highlight tape to him, and I'm going to call tomorrow to hopefully get an update."   READ MORE

UCF Holds Off SMU, 51-48 - Papa Dia led the Mustangs (17-12, 8-7) with 18 points.  Isaac Sosa scored 17 points, including 12 in the second half, as UCF defeated SMU 51-48 Wednesday night.  A.J Rompza added 10 points, and Marcus Jordan and A.J. Tyler had eight apiece.  Trailing by as many as 10 points in the second half, the Knights (19-9, 6-9) used 3-pointers from Tyler and Sosa on consecutive possessions with 9:34 remaining in the game to take their first lead, 35-31, since the opening minute.  The Mustangs (17-12, 8-7) were led by Papa Dia's 18 points and nine rebounds. SMU shot 62.5 percent (10 for 16) in the first half, but connected on just 34.6 percent (9 for 26) after the break.   READ MORE




Miners Travel to North Texas for Courtyard Classic - The Miners will join North Texas, Ole Miss, Wichita State, Louisiana Tech and Texas-Arlington in the three-day tournament that is scheduled to begin on Friday, March 4, at 10 a.m. (CT).  The UTEP softball team will head to Denton, Texas, for their final preseason tune-up as they take part in the Courtyard Classic hosted by the University of North Texas.  The Miners will join North Texas, Ole Miss, Wichita State, Louisiana Tech and Texas-Arlington in the three-day tournament that is scheduled to begin on Friday, March 4, at 10 a.m. (CT).  UTEP will open competition with back-to-back games against Wichita State and North Texas beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Saturday’s matchups include meetings with Louisiana Tech, 10 a.m., and Texas-Arlington, 3 p.m. The Miners will close out the weekend against Ole Miss on Sunday at 10 a.m.   READ MORE

UTEP Takes Down Tulsa, 65-62, In OT - Gloria Brown Records Third Straight Double-Double.  Junior forward Gloria Brown notched her third straight double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds) while also blocking six shots to help the UTEP women's basketball team topple Tulsa, 65-62, in overtime in the regular-season finale for both squads inside the Donald W. Reynolds Center Thursday evening.  Brown's final blocked shot of the game was her biggest, coming with 40 seconds remaining in OT and the Miners (15-13, 7-9 C-USA) up 63-62. The Golden Hurricane's (5-19, 1-15 C-USA) Virginia DeWare appeared poised to propel her squad into the lead with a short jumper but Brown came out of nowhere to swat the attempt.   READ MORE

How do the Miners Stack up Against Other Bubble Teams? - Let me start off by saying that in me my opinion we need to win the conference tournament to make the NCAA tournament. The Miners have just dug themselves too deep a hole by losing those three recent games against Southern Miss, UCF, and ECU.However, Joe Lunardi's (ESPN) most recent S-Curve projections place UTEP in 78th position. That's only ten teams outside the tournament, with one regular season game and the conference tourneys still left. I've been doing a litttle research to see just how the Miners' NCAA tournament resume stacks up against those of other bubble teams, and here's what I've found.   READ MORE




TCU Hits Road For Weekend Test At Texas Tech - Frogs look to end three-game slide.  The 8th-ranked TCU Horned Frogs look to get back on the winning track this weekend with a three-game series at Texas Tech (8-2). The Frogs are 3-1 so far this season against Big 12 competition. TCU and Texas Tech will kick off the series Friday evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Dan Law Field.   READ MORE

Erik Miller Should Change Roles - One of the issues coming into this season was the bullpen and closer. With Tyler Lockwood gone and Kaleb Merck on the shelf with Tommy John Surgery on his arm, the Frogs lacked a shutdown closer that they have found in guys like Robbie Findlay, Sam Demel and Andrew Cashner in the past. The discussion surrounded Erik Miller, Trent Appleby and a bunch of unknowns, but to date the late innings remain a struggle.   READ MORE

Schedule Announced! - Yes, you read that right - the 2011 football schedule is out shockingly early this year. We didn't even have time to do an announcement pool! Deeper analysis will surely follow, but for the sake of timeliness - read: beating everyone to the punch - here's the first glance.  READ MORE




NT Goes For Win No. 20 In SBC Tourney Opener - In a rematch of last year's Sun Belt title game, West Division No. 4 seed North Texas is slated to take on the East's No. 5 Troy in the opening round of the 2011 SBC Tournament.  Tip off from Summit Arena is slated for 6:30 p.m. and can be heard on the Mean Green Radio Network.  The Mean Green features the league's leading scorer in First-Team All-Sun Belt selection Tristan Thompson, as well as George Odufuwa, who is one of just four players in the nation to average a double-double in each of the last two seasons. Josh White is the Sun Belt's active career scoring leader with 1,614 points.   READ MORE

Thompson, Kellum on the All-Sun Belt team - UNT senior guard Tristan Thompson was a first-team selection on the All-Sun Belt team that was released today.  Denetra Kellum was a third-team pick on the women's team.  If you have followed UNT through the years, you have to feel good for Tristan Thompson. He has essentially been the ultimate Robin to Josh White's Batman through the years and been great about it the whole way. The guy can flat score and will end up as the fifth-leading scorer in school history -- and by far the most under appreciated guy in the top 10.   READ MORE

UNT mailbag, et cetera - There have been a couple of questions posted on the blog the last couple of days I haven't gotten around to answering.  It's a busy time of the year, needless to say.  One question was about why UNT doesn't play walk-on guard Avery Redmond more considering all its injury issues.  UNT just couldn't afford to in a tight game with Arkansas-Little Rock last time out. Cross your fingers that he plays in the Sun Belt tournament this week with UNT up. It's one-and-done. If Redmond is playing, that means UNT is blowing someone out.   READ MORE




Bobcats Begin Southland Conference Play With Three-Game Set In Corpus Christi - Riding the momentum of its 13-2 Tuesday win against No. 16 Baylor, the Texas State baseball team will travel to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this weekend for its first Southland Conference series of 2011.  The Bobcats enter the weekend with a 6-2 overall record, while the Islanders are 8-2.  Texas State's starting pitchers for the weekend will be junior Carson Smith (0-1, 5.40 ERA) on Friday, junior Mitchell Pitts (2-0, 1.50) on Saturday and sophomore Colton Turner (2-0, 4.22) on Sunday.   READ MORE

Late Bobcat Rally Falls Short, Men's Basketball Drops 113-102 Decision to Lamar - Beaumont, Texas – Texas State rallied back in the second half against Lamar on the road tonight, but it wasn't enough as they fell to the Cardinals, 113-102. The Bobcats committed 19 turnovers and had only four steals in the game to drop to 15-14, 10-5 in the conference, while Lamar improved to 13-16, 7-8 in the league. Despite the loss, Texas State remains in first place in the west division and tied for first overall.  Tony Bishop netted a career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead Texas State. Ryan White had 16 points and seven assists. Matt Staff finished with 14 points and Cameron Johnson recorded 11 points.   READ MORE

Texas State To Open Spring Practice On Saturday, March 5 - The Texas State football team will hold its first spring football practice under new head coach Dennis Franchione this Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. to begin a 15-session schedule that will culminate with the annual Maroon-Gold football game on April 16 at Bobcat Stadium. Kickoff for the Maroon and Gold Game is scheduled for noon.  The Bobcats are generally scheduled to work out on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday each week except for the week of March 13-20 during spring break. Franchione will use these 15 practices to evaluate his players and install his new offensive and defensive systems.   READ MORE




UTSA to begin five-game road trip on Friday - The UTSA baseball team will embark on a five-game road trip that begins Friday with the opener of a four-game series at New Mexico. The set will be played at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque.  UTSA (5-5) is coming off a six-game home stand at Wolff Stadium in which it posted a 3-3 record against Saint Joseph's, Oregon State and Houston. The Roadrunners split four contests with the Hawks over the weekend, dropped a 10-7 heart-breaker against the Beavers on Monday held off the Cougars' ninth-inning rally for a 7-6 victory on Tuesday night.   READ MORE

Sophomore sharpshooter steps up game since cracking starting lineup - Sophomore guard Melvin Johnson III has come on to the scene as one of premier shooters in the Southland Conference.  The Dallas native leads the team with 70 3-pointers and ranks second in scoring at 14.5 points per game this year. His accurate shooting touch shows in the stat sheet. He has knocked down 42 percent of his shots, including 39 percent from downtown, and hits at an 89-percent pace from the free-throw line.  Once the top offensive punch off the bench as a freshman and for the first half of this season, he cracked the starting lineup against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Jan. 12 and has stepped up his game since. He racked up 19 points behind an 8-for-15 shooting performance and tallied seven rebounds in the 55-47 victory over the Islanders and has averaged more than 15 points in the last 15 games.   READ MORE

Football program to kick off spring drills on Saturday - UTSA will kick off its first-ever spring season on Saturday at Dub Farris Stadium. The Roadrunners will practice a total of 14 times beginning March 5 through the inaugural spring game, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, at the Alamodome. Included in that total are three scrimmages at Farris Stadium, which are slated for March 11, March 28 and April 4.    READ MORE

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