Texas teams flame out of Big XII Tournament, UTSA has eyes to the future

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Texas teams flame out in Big XII quarters

Although Texas Tech already achieved history by becoming the first school not named Kansas to win the regular season Big XII title in 14 years, the Red Raiders can’t be happy with how they fared against a struggling West Virginia. Chris Beard’s team shot better and won the turnover battle, but the Mountaineers gave themselves more chances with 19 offensive boards and 22 second chance points. Tech’s tournament hopes are cemented, and the Red Raiders will likely command a No. 3 or 4 seed come Selection Sunday.

Baylor’s tournament hopes are still on good grounds, but the Bears will likely fall to a No. 9 or 10 seed now after losing to Iowa State. What can you say, it’s really tough to beat a team three times.

Two teams that aren’t so lucky with their tournament future are TCU and Texas. TCU (20-13) fell 70-61 to No. 1 seed Kansas State in the quarterfinals and Texas lost 65-57 to No. 3 seed Kansas. Joe Lunardi has TCU as one of his Last Four In for the NCAA Tournament while Texas is left on the outside looking in at 16-16.

Young UTSA knocked out by UAB

Although the Roadrunners’ shot at a CUSA title were ended by UAB in the quarterfinals, UTSA has plenty to be excited about. After starting the year off slow partially due to star guard Jhivvan Jackson’s injury rehab, UTSA finished above .500 with an 11-7 mark in conference.

More importantly, they’ll likely bring back one of the most talented scoring backcourts in the state in Jackson and sophomore Keaton Wallace whose offensive production surged this season upping his points per game output from 11 to 20 whil also increasing his shooting percentages from the floor.

Potentially losing junior point guard and playmaker Giovanni De Nicolao, who is debating going pro overseas, would be a significant loss to the team, but Jackson and Wallace could be capable of dividing the playmaking duties while Byron Frohnen and Atem Bior should provide stability inside.

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