January 23, 2007

Longhorns looking to get back on track

The Texas Longhorns are reeling coming off of back-to-back road losses to Oklahoma State and Villanova. On Wednesday night in Lincoln, Texas will have a final chance to get a win on the three-game road trip against a 12-5 Nebraska team that is 1-2 in Big 12 play.

The Cornhuskers are coming off of a 71-50 home win over Colorado in which 6-foot-11 junior center Aleks Maric scored 28 points and pulled down eight rebounds. It was the first conference win for Nebraska after dropping games to Iowa State (71-62) and Oklahoma (70-53) on the road.

Nebraska is led by Maric, who averages 17.5 points and 7.6 rebounds. The Cornhuskers have started four guards around Maric for the majority of the season including 5-8 senior point guard Charles Richardson, who is averaging six assists per game.

Five members of the eight-man rotation for Nebraska are freshmen and sophomores with all of them being guards.

The 13-5 Longhorns travel to Lincoln having struggled mightily in Saturday's loss to Villanova, but are 3-1 in Big 12 play. Point guard D.J. Augustin was named the Big 12 rookie of the week for his stellar play in last week's losses. Augustin averaged 22 points and 6.5 assists and ranks fifth nationally in assists per game.

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