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“They can really shoot the ball and they’ve got a force inside (in Benson),” Hamilton said. “But if we come in and execute and do our thing, I think we’ll be OK.”

That all depends on whether Texas can shake its late-seasons struggles and return to the form that saw the school open 23-3, including wins over North Carolina and Kansas.

“To be honest, we totally forgot about that,” said Tristan Thompson, the dynamic freshman power forward for the Longhorns. “We’re not focused on what happened in the past. Situations happen, and we got the losses and that’s good for us to experience those heartaches.

“But now it’s tournament time. We know it’s a lose or go home situation, so now we’ve got to pull our socks up and it’s time to grind.”