Texas Has No Problem With Austin Peay

Longhorns ignore boo-birds to cruise into second round
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Mar 21, 2008 7:09 PM CDT
Texas guard Damion James (5) tries to protect the basketball from Austin Peay guard Todd Babington (32) in the first half of a first-round game at the NCAA South Regional today.    (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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(Newser) – Second-seeded Texas had more problems with the fans in Arkansas than it did with its first-round opponent today in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, reports the Houston Chronicle. The Longhorns blew past Austin Peay 74-54 but it didn't keep them from getting booed the whole time they were on the floor in Little Rock.

The players, their band and even their cheerleaders can blame the harsh treatment on coach Rick Barnes, who earlier this week made a joke he would pull out of his contract with host Arkansas if the fans weren't nice to them. The Longhorns (29-6) weren't much nicer to Austin Peay (24-11), which trailed 39-24 at halftime and was held to 28.8% shooting from the floor for the game.