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Barnes' tough approach works

Tough approach molds young Longhorns into tourney team

Updated: March 15, 2012, 4:47 PM ET
By Carter Strickland | HornsNation

AUSTIN, Texas -- Three months into the season, two hours into the practice, Rick Barnes was pushing his players to quit.

It was a practice like none had seen or experienced before. And Barnes, always a stick before the carrot coach, was even more unrelenting than usual.

"He was just really hard on us at that practice," point guard Sterling Gibbs said.

In Barnes' mind, he had no other choice. This was a young team, void of cohesion, clouded by confusion. ...

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