The Big 12 spent all season puffing out its chest. The league pointed to its RPI, that mercurial number that only seems to take on meaning in March, and the number of teams it had in the Top 25 as evidence of its superiority.
All five Texas teams that made it into the 68-team NCAA tournament field were eliminated on Thursday. Texas, Baylor, SMU, Stephen F. Austin and Texas Southern all were beaten.
Jakob Poeltl had 18 points and eight rebounds, and fifth-seeded Utah celebrated its return to the NCAA Tournament by holding off Stephen F. Austin for a 57-50 victory on Thursday night.
SMU’s locker room was eerily quiet, with team managers folding jerseys and clothes in the middle as players sat at their stalls trying to digest the ending of a heartbreaking 60-59 loss to UCLA.
Kellen Dunham scored 20 points, including a pivotal 3-pointer with 1:18 to play, to lift sixth-seeded Butler to a 56-48 victory over 11th-seeded Texas in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday
Dirk Nowitzki scored 25 points and the Mavs withstood a fourth-quarter meltdown to beat the Magic by a score of 107-102 on Wednesday night, their third straight win.
In the NCAA’s way of thinking, Dayton was technically the visiting team on the scoreboard and in its road uniforms. The 12,592 screaming fans in the arena thought otherwise.
Sounds so simple. And it surely is effective if it can be done.
Stephen F. Austin earned its berth with an 83-70 victory over Sam Houston State in the final of the Southland Conference Tournament.
Let this be a lesson to the other teams in the NCAA tournament who have yet to take the floor. A quick start means a lot. But a great finish is even better if you want to win.
The Aggies fought off Montana to pull away with an 81-64 victory in the opening round of the NIT on Tuesday. Jalen Jones led the way with 25 points and eight rebounds.
While the Mustangs are back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1993, Brown returns to the Big Dance for the first time since leading Kansas to a national title 27 years ago.