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2014 Big 12 Awards: Rick Barnes Named Coach of the Year, Five Longhorns Honored
What a difference a year makes...
A year after missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time at Texas, Rick Barnes was named the Big 12's Coach of the Year today for leading one of the youngest teams in the country to a surprising 11 conference wins and 3rd place finish after losing its top four scorers from a year ago. It was the fourth time Barnes has been honored by his colleagues as Coach of the Year, tying him with Kansas' Bill Self for the most in Big 12 history.
The Longhorns were well represented in the player awards, as well, with Jonathan Holmes being named 2nd Team All Big 12 and Isaiah Taylor, Cam Ridley, and Javan Felix all garnering Honorable Mention. Demarcus Holland joined Ridley on the All Big 12 Defensive Team, while Taylor earned a spot on the All Newcomer Team. (How Taylor wasn't a unanimous selection on the All Newcomer Team is a mystery to me.)
The Big 12 regular season awards were voted on by the conference's coaches, who could not vote for themselves or any of their players.
Big 12 Player of the Year: Melvin Ejim (Iowa State)
Defensive Player of the Year: Joel Embiid (Kansas)
Newcomer of the Year: DeAndre Kane (Iowa State)
Freshman of the Year: Andrew Wiggins (Kansas)
Sixth Man of the Year: Tyler Neal (OU), Phil Forte (OSU)
Coach of the Year: Rick Barnes (Texas)
All Big 12 First Team: Melvin Ejim (ISU), Andrew Wiggins (KU), Marcus Smart (OSU), DeAndre Kane (ISU), Juwan Staten (WVU)
All Big 12 Second Team: Joel Embiid (KU), Marcus Foster (KSU), Buddy Hield (OU), Jonathan Holmes (UT), Markel Brown (OSU)
All Big 12 Third Team: Cory Jefferson (BU), Georges Niang (ISU), Perry Ellis (KU), Cameron Clark (OU), Jaye Crockett (TTU)
All Big 12 Honorable Mention: Isaiah Austin (BU), Wayne Selden Jr. (KU), Naadir Tharpe (KU), Thomas Gipson (KSU), Will Spradling (KSU), Ryan Spangler (OU), Le'Bryan Nash (OSU), Kyan Anderson (TCU), Javan Felix (UT), Cameron Ridley (UT), Isaiah Taylor (UT), Eron Harris (WVU).
Texas Beats Hawaii 3-2; Sunday Open Thread
Texas got a run in the bottom of the 8th and held on for a 3-2 victory that at least guaranteed a series split. The Horns go for a series win in about half an hour.
Texas and Hawaii split a Saturday double header that was finished on Sunday. Hawaii jumped all over Dillon Peters in the early game and cruised to a 6-1 victory that ended after seven innings.
The Horns responded Saturday afternoon, beating Hawaii 3-2 in a game that was suspended Saturday afternoon in the top of the 8th and finished Sunday morning. In the bottom of the 8th Ben Johnson drew a one-out walk, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a Kacy Clemens single. Morgan Cooper gave up one walk over two innings but got the save with some clutch pitching.
Texas has now improved to 12-4 on the year and can get a series win Sunday afternoon over a Hawaii team that has proven far tougher than initially thought. The Rainbow Warriors don't have a ton of pitching depth behind their three starters, so hopefully the Texas bats can come alive in the final game.
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