KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KXAN) — Nearly a yr to the date, Texas and Texas Tech are once more getting ready to satisfy in Kansas Metropolis within the quarterfinals of the Massive 12 Match.
The assembly final yr between the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds by no means occurred. It was March 12, 2020 — the whole school basketball season was simply hours away from being canceled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
This yr, the No. 3-seed Longhorns and No. 6-seed Pink Raiders will play in entrance of a restricted crowd on the convention tourney. The loser received’t go residence to attend for his or her name on Choice Sunday, as a substitute, they are going to head to Indiana to get “bubble prepared” for the NCAA Match. This yr’s 68-team event might be played completely in the Hoosier state in a quasi-bubble throughout the state.
Each groups are firmly within the NCAA Match discipline, which is able to totally tip off March 19. Texas is projected to be a No. 4 seed and Tech is projected to be a No. 5 seed, according to Bracket Matrix.
Texas nonetheless has one thing to show in opposition to Chris Beard’s Texas Tech squad. The Longhorns have failed in seven of the final eight video games in opposition to the Pink Raiders. Tech was the one team to sweep the regular season series with the Longhorns.
Texas was compelled to complete the common season with a street recreation gauntlet of 4 straight in 9 days after COVID-19 postponements all through the season. The Longhorns are feeling good after successful the final three games of the road trip, however it began with a loss at Texas Tech on Feb. 27.
In each video games in opposition to Tech, the Longhorns have began robust and unraveled after halftime. The Pink Raiders’ protection has given Shaka Sensible and his veteran guards suits within the second half. Texas has shot simply 26.5% from the sphere in these two video games.
The Longhorns let a 10-point halftime lead in Austin slip away with some late turnovers and massive photographs from Mac McClung. The Pink Raiders guard is Beard’s largest scoring risk with over 16 factors per recreation. Terrence Shannon Jr. and Kyler Edwards have gotten equally harmful.
Andrew Jones and Jericho Sims were pivotal during Texas’ three-game win streak on the finish of the common season. Jones scored just below 14 factors per recreation and Sims had just below 12 factors during the last week of video games.
Postseason success typically comes right down to veteran management and guard play. The Longhorns have each. We’ll get our first have a look at how this staff handles event play Thursday at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN 2.
Massive 12 event schedule
Wednesday — First Spherical
No. 9 Kansas State win 71-50 over No. 8 TCU
No. 7 Oklahoma win 79-73 over No. 10 Iowa State
Thursday – Quarterfinals
No. 4 West Virginia vs. No. 5 Oklahoma State — 10:30 a.m. (ESPN)
No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 9 Kansas State — 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)
No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 7 Oklahoma — 5:30 p.m. (ESPN 2)
No. 3 Texas vs. No. 6 Texas Tech — 8:30 p.m. (ESPN 2)
Friday – Semifinals
Semifinal No. 1 — 5:30 p.m.
Semifinal No. 2 — 8:30 p.m.
Saturday – Championship
Championship recreation scheduled for five p.m. on ESPN