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Texas Getting Great Production From Reserves
March 14, 2013
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

In its first-round victory over TCU, No. 7 seed Texas had a 35-19 edge in bench points. Over the last two games, the Longhorns' reserves have scored 85 points; the starters have scored 56.

Texas defeated the Horned Frogs 70-57. Julien Lewis scored a game-high 19 points off the bench while fellow reserve Sheldon McClellan added 12.

"Coach asked us to be aggressive when we come in," said Lewis, who made four of seven 3-point attempts. "We gotta go in and do our jobs. The starters, they're going in, they need to do their job for us, it's got to carry over to the team. The bench has got to come in and do what the starters do."

The victory evened UT's record at 16-16 headed into Thursday's quarterfinal game with No. 2 seed Kansas State. The Longhorns' season of struggle has contributed to its deep bench.

"I don't know if we've got a bench," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "We've got 11 starters. Every guy I started at some point in time because of different circumstances throughout the year. But I do think that we're figuring some things out with a full rotation."

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