Best of the Rest: TCU, Texas head to NIT while UTSA opts out of post-season

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TCU’s snub from the NCAA Tournament was somewhat eyebrow raising, but not necessarily a shock. Texas’ exclusion was neither. But neither team’s season is over in addition to numerous other Texas programs who accepted invitations to other post-season tournaments, with the exception to one.

NIT, National Invitational Tournament

No. 1 TCU (20-13) vs *No. 8 Sam Houston State (21-11), March 20 on ESPNU at 9 p.m. in Fort
Worth, Texas

No. 2 Texas (16-16) vs *No. 7 South Dakota State (24-8), March 20 on ESPN at 7 p.m. in Austin, Texas

*Automatic qualifier for regular season conference champion

CIT, Tournament

Wednesday, March 20
Texas Southern (21-13) vs. New Orleans (19-13) 8 p.m.
Grambling (17-16) vs. UT Rio Grande Valley (19-16) 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 23
FIU (19-13) vs. Texas State (24-9) 7 p.m.

No Texas schools were selected for the CBI Tournament.

UTSA turns down post-season invite

Head coach Steve Henson and his Roadrunners are onward to 2019-20. After losing to UAB in the Conference-USA quarterfinals, UTSA chose to end its season there and not accept a bid into a post-season tournament. The team finishes 17-15.

“We were talking to the CIT, and we talked to the CBI, and indicated to the CIT that we expected to play,” Henson told the San Antonio Express-News. “But just as the last few days went down, and the way that game finished up, I just decided not to do it.”

Per Greg Luca, Henson pointed to overall team fatigue and injuries to the primary rotation as the primary reasoning behind the decision as well as the team’s early start in August when they traveled to Costa Rica for exhibitions.

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