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Michigan manhandled the Longhorns in a 79-65 loss during the Round of 32 of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday, but the team can still fly home from Milwaukee, Wis., with a few ounces of moxie intact.

After all, the future is bright at Texas.

No. 2 seed Michigan proved to be a 3-point shooting buzzsaw against the Longhorns. The Wolverines converted a school tournament-record 14 treys and shot a blistering 50 percent behind the arc.

They played almost perfect offensive basketball and stymied a team that’s had issues scoring consistently all season. The Longhorns are a scrappy, young group but they cannot be confused with the most talented bunch.

Saturday, the Longhorns ran into a supremely talented unit on a great day. It was nothing more than that. Texas can only go so far on effort, and without further developed talent, it hit its ceiling for the season against Michigan.

But next year, that ceiling may prove to be the floor. With a roster boasting only one scholarship upperclassman — junior forward Jonathan Holmes — Texas will return every scholarship player. It’s a group that gelled well together all season, and an additional offseason of working with each other could reap significant benefits.

The team remaining intact is the foundation of Texas’ future success, but the individuals that comprise the roster will provide the greatest growth.

Freshman point guard Isaiah Taylor has been a spark plug for the Longhorns all season. An unheralded recruit entering college, Taylor finished his season among the top freshmen in the country in a group populated by future lottery picks. With an offseason of work, Taylor can develop his shaky outside shot, which would make him an even better offensive threat. 

And Taylor is far from being the only freshman guard who should develop nicely. Martez Walker, Kendal Yancy and Demarcus Croaker all have noticeable holes in their games but will elevate their skills by working with head coach Rick Barnes. Walker is the player to watch: He’s shown an aptitude for the spotlight late in the year, and it would not be surprising to see him getting the start over sophomore guard
Javan Felix next season.

Still, it’s Texas’ frontcourt that stands to make the biggest jump.

Sophomore center Cameron Ridley transformed from a pudgy freshman into one of the Big 12’s best players in 2013. At 6-feet-9-inches and 280 pounds, Ridley has the potential to be a force next season as his endurance and range of post moves continue to improve. It’s as Barnes said of Ridley: his next step is to “dominate.”

Elevated play from Ridley and Taylor would give Texas a one-two, inside-out combo that could take the team far.

After missing the tournament for the first time in 15 seasons last year, expectations were nonexistent at the beginning of the season and Barnes’ job was on the line.

Now, after a pleasantly surprising year, this energetic, hard-working team can hold solace in the future. And the Big 12 Head Coach of the Year honoree is here to stay.

Expectations for Texas basketball have returned. This team has earned them.

No. 15 Texas returned to action after three weeks without a meet and traveled to Madison, Wis., to compete in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Saturday.

The rust showed as Texas finished 18th overall in a field of 36.

Junior All-American Craig Lutz led the team with a 14th place finish in the 8000 meter run with a time of 23:36. Lutz was followed by Ryan Dohner who finished in 44th, Chris Galvin in 85th, Mark Pinales in 167th and Austin Roth
in 173rd.

Other Longhorn runners included Will Nation, Brady Turnbull, Eduardo Rodriguez and Collin Smith.

Texas will return to action Nov. 2 at the Big 12 Championships in Waco.

Despite a strong, third-place finish from the senior All-American Marielle Hall, Texas placed 26th in the field of 37 with 629 points in the fifth-annual Wisconsin Adidas Invitational this past weekend in Madison, Wis.

Hall, who beat out 285 other runners in the 6,000-meter race, set a personal-best time of 19:46. Senior Megan Siebert was the next best runner for Texas finishing 76th. 

After that, though, the Texas women didn’t finish strongly, with the remaining seven runners all finishing 158th or worse and five of those in the 200s. 

Arizona finished first and featured four runners in the top 25, while Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino finished first overall. 

The Longhorns enter the championships portion of their season following this weekend’s meet. The Big 12 Championships will be held Nov. 2 and the NCAA South Central Region meet will follow on Nov. 15, with both meets being hosted by Baylor in Waco. 

Photo Credit: Anik Bhattacharya | Daily Texan Staff

This article was corrected after its original posting. Forbes ranking came out in 2006.

Student life on any college campus can often consist of the occasional sip of alcohol. Recently, Austin was ranked by The Daily Beast as one of the top five drunkest cities in America.

Other cities ranked above Austin are: Charleston, S.C.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Norfolk, Va.; and Boston, Mass. The rankings are based on the average number of alcoholic drinks consumed by adults per month, percentage of population classified as binge drinkers and percentage of population classified as heavy drinkers.

Austin's place has not changed from a 2006 ranking by Forbes that also found it as the fifth drunkest city.

Other cities ranked above Austin on the list were Milwaukee, Wis.; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; Columbus, Mo; and Boston, Mass., respectively.  Cities were ranked on the basis of five categories: strictness of state laws, number of drinkers, number of heavy drinkers, number of binge drinkers and rate of alcoholism. 

Cities were ranked on the strictness of state laws based on the “Rating The States” report conducted and written by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The report considered factors such as whether the state has passed laws forbidding open containers in cars or laws regarding the regulation and sale of alcohol.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 1,129 DWI or alcohol related car crashes and injuries in 2011 in Austin.

Statistics regarding the number of drinkers in the various categories were taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey conducted in 2004. According to the survey, adults who reported having had at least one drink of alcohol within the past 30 days were considered drinkers and adults who reported having five or more drinks on one occasion were considered binge drinkers. The number of heavy drinkers was calculated based on the number of adult men who reported having had more than two drinks per day, and adult women having had more than one drink per day.

In determining the rate of alcoholism, Forbes looked at the number of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings held in the area as a ratio of the drinking age population.

Anthropology sophomore Samuel Deleon said it has become socially acceptable to drink in college. It is easy to access alcohol, especially with such a large population, Deleon said.

“If you search liquor stores in Austin, 161 store listings will come up,” Deleon said. “So it is easy to find alcohol and easy for older students to access it for younger students.”

Printed on Tuesday, April 2, 2013 as: Sixth Street, fifth place 

Women's golf

As a child, Martha Richards played every sport her friend Grant would play. But when it came to hockey and football, two of the most popular sports in her Midwest hometown of Hudson, Wis., her father would not let her join in.

“My dad crushed my dreams,” Richards said. “I wanted to be the first female NFL quarterback.”

That was the attitude Martha Richards, head coach of the Texas women’s golf team, had throughout her childhood and later throughout her career as a collegiate athlete: a curiosity that knew no bounds. It was because of these traits and an outstanding basketball talent that she was recently inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association’s hall of fame for her playing days at Hudson High School in the 1980s.

She first picked up a ball in second grade, playing with her brothers in their driveway and later with other boys in Little League.

“[The] boys were just players,” Richards said. “I just found different ways to score due to their size.”

Despite the stature difference between Richards and the guys she still managed to lead her league in scoring through eighth grade using her patented Bob Cousy-esque shot, a dribble to the left coupled with a pull-up jumper.

“[I] shot the shot all the way out to the three,” Richards remarked with pride.

When she moved up to the girls varsity team in ninth grade, Richards continued to be extremely successful as she led the conference in scoring throughout high school. In 1988, her senior year, Richards was awarded the Miss Wisconsin Basketball award, and was a USA Today All-American.

“She was a phenomenal shooter, so far ahead of the time as a girls’ basketball player,” said her high school coach Dave Johnson.

However the accomplishment she is proudest of in high school was leading her team to its first ever state championship tournament. Along the way, Hudson beat arch nemesis Durant and broke its 63-game home winning streak.

“I’ve never seen so much hype over a girls high school basketball game, they had to turn people away from the doors,” Richards said. “We got to sign autographs for little kids after the game. It was really neat.”

However basketball wasn’t the only sport that Richards excelled at in high school. She was a four-letter athlete who competed in track, tennis and golf as well.

“I was passionate about sports. No one forced it on me, it was just fun,” Richards said. “I worry when kids specialize today — last time I checked it was just a game.”

She was great at all the sports she competed in and even won a golf state championship her senior year, despite only playing the game for two years and practicing sporadically because of the Wisconsin weather.

“She was very talented athletically, she used to compare shooting free throws to putting, and the rhythm that both take to do well,” Johnson said.

Her athletic abilities earned her a basketball scholarship to Stanford, and the option to walk on to the golf team. According to Richards, the golf coach told her, “We’ll just see how good you can get.”

Richards continued to light up the basketball court at Stanford and as a sophomore helped the team to its first ever NCAA championship, plus another Final Four appearance her junior year. Richards also turned into a very successful golfer at Stanford, red shirting her freshman year and learning the nuances of the game. In her four years at Stanford Richards transformed into an all-round golfer, earning All-American honors in 1993 as a senior.

The next step for Richards was the LPGA tour, which she played on from 1995 to 1996.

“It was the natural evolution to see if I was good enough to play on tour against the best players in the world,” Richards said.

After leaving the tour in 1996, ‘The Runner’ looked toward a new field: coaching. She accepted her first job as head coach of the women’s team at Boise State in 1997.

“I always knew deep down I wanted to coach,” Richards said. “I just got to be the boss sooner with golf than with basketball. Can’t see myself being a third assistant.”

She moved on to be an assistant at Texas in 1998, and in 2000 she took the Vanderbilt head coaching job. However in 2007 she returned to Austin, this time as a head coach.

“I’m fortunate and blessed to be doing what I’m doing. It’s an awesome time to be a Longhorn,” Richards said.

Richards doesn’t have much time to get out on the course or the court these days, but whenever her players doubt her abilities she likes to remind them that it doesn’t take a long time to warm up a Rolls-Royce.