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Inside Texas Blog: Comparing Champions

Which of Wheeless' teams is better? (Gallagher/IT)

Heading into the Big 12 Tournament, Augie Garrido's Horns, at 42-14 overall, appear to be a virtual lock for one of the top eight national seeds in the NCAA Tournament, ensuring a 'home' path to a College World Series berth. But how does this Longhorn team compare to recent Texas teams of championship vintage?

Quite well, actually. In some ways, this team resembles the 2005 national title squad, at least in terms of defense and pitching depth. The 2005 team finished with a .978 fielding percentage, exactly where this 2007 team stands heading into tournament play. That's several points above both the 2002 title team (.972) and the 2004 runner-up team (.974). The ERA for the 2005 staff (2.80) is a bit...

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