While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction:
1. Texas remains a highly unlikely choice to receive a berth in the NIT although a selection committee member told me the Longhorns can strengthen their case in this week’s Big 12 basketball tournament, starting with their opening game against TCU Wednesday night. “I would say Texas would have to work their way into their conference tournament,” said NAIA basketball Hall of Famer and former Houston/New Mexico athletic director Rudy Davalos, who serves on the selection committee with six others, including former Longhorn coach Bob Weltlich. “I don’t speak for the committee, but from previous years, a team like Texas would have to have a really great run in the conference tournament.” Even though Texas (15-16, but the loss to Division III Chaminade does not count in its considered record) has won two straight for the first time since December, its overtime win against Texas Tech didn’t help much because of the Red Raiders’ 231 NCAA RPI. Texas’ RPI is a mediocre 114 “although we don’t live and die by the RPI,” Davalos said. Texas’ NIT chances would be helped if both Iowa State and Baylor receive NCAA Tournament at-large bids.
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