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Texas' Barnes rips teams for late-season mistakes

By Jim Vertuno

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 21 2012 1:00 p.m. MST

Texas center Clint Chapman, center, asks for a timeout after coming up with a loose ball between Baylor guard Pierre Jackson, right, and Texas guard Jonathan Holmes during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, in Austin, Texas. Baylor won 77-72.

Michael Thomas, Associated Press

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AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Longhorns are scrambling to earn an invitation to the NCAA tournament. Their coach sounds like he wonders if he's leading a team worthy of one.

After a close loss to Baylor on Monday night, Barnes said his young squad doesn't listen to coaching, doesn't understand game situations and hasn't learned how to change those problems in order to win.

Barnes didn't sound angry after Texas blew a 12-point lead in the 77-72 loss. He sounded more resigned to accept what he's got on the court and hope that it is good enough.

Texas (17-11, 7-8 Big 12) has played in the NCAA tournament 13 consecutive years.

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