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Instant Analysis: Second-half run dooms the Cardinal

Editor's note: ESPN.com's Tim Griffin provides instant analysis from No. 2 seed Texas' 82-62 win over No. 3 Stanford to advance to the Elite Eight.

Game analysis: Texas 82, Stanford 62

TURNING POINT: After Stanford pulled within 52-51 on Landry Fields' 3-pointer with 12:50 left, Texas blew the game open with a 20-3 run before Stanford scored another basket (another Fields hoop) with 3:25 left to pull within 72-56. Texas started the run with six straight points and had a 16-2 run that featured scoring from five players.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Texas guard D.J. Augustin showed the form that made him a Cousy finalist. Augustin scored a team-high 23 points and expertly directed Texas' explosive offensive attack with seven assists and five rebounds.

PLAYER OF THE GAME II: Texas forward Damion James scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, topping his big performance with a rainbow 3-pointer with 1:05 left.

STAT OF THE GAME: Unable to buy a bucket early in the game, Stanford was doomed by a drought of more than nine-and-a-half minutes without a field goal midway through the second half and finished by hitting 28.1 percent from the field (9-for-32) after the break.

DEFENSE STEPS UP: After Brook Lopez scored nine points during a four-minute span early in the second half, Stanford's leading scorer was shut out over the final 9:26 and failed to score a basket for the final 13:52. Lopez finished with a game-high 26 points.

PLAY OF THE SECOND HALF: The Longhorns employed a textbook fast break when Justin Mason fired a perfect skip pass to a streaking Augustin, who provided a double scoop shot for a basket that gave Texas a 72-54 lead. The play typified what went right for Texas in the second half and what went wrong for Stanford.

WHAT IT MEANS: Texas advances to the Elite Eight for the second time in three seasons and first since 2006, when it was eliminated in the regional final by LSU. The Longhorns will be looking for their first trip to the Final Four since 2003.

JUST WONDERING: Sure, Texas doesn't exactly enjoy the biggest home-court advantage at the Erwin Center back in Austin. But I bet Rick Barnes was happy to see his team routed through the South Regional with a stop in Houston this weekend after seeing his team play in North Little Rock, Ark., in the first and second rounds last week.

First-half analysis: Texas 43, Stanford 34

TURNING POINT: Actually it started from the beginning of the game. Stanford couldn't handle Texas' sticky zone defense, and the Cardinal's outside shooting went south from the tip-off. The Cardinal didn't score a point outside the paint until Lawrence Hill's 3-pointer with 2:36 left in the half.

PLAYER OF THE HALF: D.J. Augustin. So much for those fears about being worn down from fatigue this season. Augustin expertly ran Texas' offense, hitting a team-high 12 points -- including a pair of 3-pointers -- and four assists.

PLAYER OF THE HALF II: Brook Lopez. Stanford was lucky to be in the game without his contributions. Lopez dominated the smaller Longhorns in the paint, providing 15 points and eight rebounds.

LINE OF THE HALF: Texas got a nice lift from guard Justin Mason, an underrated player most of the season playing with Augustin and A.J. Abrams. Mason provided seven points, five rebounds and four assists in a solid, 18-minute, all-around performance.

STAT OF THE HALF: Stanford and Texas missed their first five 3-pointers each. Augustin's trey with 10:56 left was the first made shot from behind the arc in the game.

PLAY OF THE HALF: Texas showed off its transition game early as Augustin provided a scintillating alley-oop pass to Damion James to give the Longhorns an early 8-4 lead with 16:05 left.

WHAT'S THE BEEP: Another element that added to the weird setup at Reliant Stadium was the use of what sounded like an automobile horn from the scorer's table to signal for substitutions and timeouts.

DOMED AND DONE: Neither team had any success in outside shooting, perhaps owing to the weird shooting backdrop at Reliant Stadium. Stanford started by missing 11 of its first 14 field goal attempts, including all three 3-pointers. Texas was nearly as frigid, hitting only six of its first 17 shots.

BLAST FROM THE PAST: The cavernous configuration in Reliant Stadium brought back memories of the Astrodome, the site for the 1971 national championship game -- the first played in a domed stadium. But the configuration also was reminiscent of Williams Field House at Minnesota, with recessed media seating a couple of feet below an elevated court and stools present for both teams along the sidelines during timeouts.

And for sheer weirdness, the Astrodome is only a couple of long jumpers outside Reliant Stadium. Media members passed through a walk between the two facilities on their way into the game on Friday.

OLD-SCHOOL FUNDAMENTALS: Stanford guard Mitch Johnson is known more for his passing than his shooting. But his set shot is reminiscent of a 1950s-era NBA player's. Where have you gone Andy Phillip and Bob Cousy?

Tim Griffin is a college football and basketball writer for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espntimgriff@yahoo.com.