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January 17, 2007

Durant keeps doubling up

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Shortly after the Texas basketball team boarded a plane for Stillwater, Okla., on Monday, snow dusted Austin on Tuesday morning.

The winter weather is a rare sight for the Texas capital, but these days a blizzard is more likely in Austin than Kevin Durant missing out on a double-double.

In Durant's first Big 12 games at home, the freshman scored 34 points against Missouri on Jan. 10 and 28 points against Oklahoma on Saturday. He had 13 rebounds against each team and has posted five consecutive double-doubles.

Because of those efforts, Durant has achieved another double-double of sorts. He has been named Rivals.com's National Freshman of the Week for the second week in a row.

In his three-month college career, Durant has already sent his fair share of opposing coaches home cursing the rule keeping players out of the NBA for at least one year.

He leads all major-conference players in both scoring (23.7 points per game) and rebounding (11 per game).

Scaring coaches even more is the prospect that Texas coach Rick Barnes didn't make a major effort to put the ball in Durant's hands during last week's games in Austin.

"We've played two games and we haven't called any plays for him," Barnes said. "He gets things done because it comes to him."

While the rest of the country gushes over Durant, Barnes is trying to keep him in place.

Despite Durant's stellar early season play, Barnes said the freshman still has work to do.

"Do I think he's got it figured out totally? No, I don't," Barnes said. "Have we seen the best of him? No, we haven't. He's still got a lot of things to work on to get better. The key is we're halfway through. He's got it figured out if he sustains it."

Others considered for freshman of the week honors:

Ohio State center Greg Oden scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a 68-66 win over Tennessee on Saturday. He scored 10 points with seven rebounds and six blocks in the 72-69 loss to Wisconsin on Jan. 9.

Georgia Tech point guard Javaris Crittenton scored a career-high 23 points with five assists and just one turnover in an 88-80 win over Florida State on Saturday. He scored 11 points nine in the final four minutes to go with seven rebounds and five assists in a 74-63 win over Duke on Jan. 10.

Duke guard Jon Scheyer scored a season-high 25 points in an 86-63 win over Miami on Saturday. He also had 16 points against Georgia Tech on Jan. 10.

Louisville guard Edgar Sosa scored 20 points with five steals and four assists in a 78-63 win over Providence on Saturday. He also has 12 points in an 81-55 win over South Florida on Wednesday.

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