Will Texas Have Any Teams Make the 2013 NCAA Tournament?

The year of parity in college basketball seems to have skipped over the state of Texas.

The schools in Texas are below the average of the average, and it doesn’t appear any Texas major school will make it into the NCAA Tournament.

Baylor, Texas, A&M, Tech are all having down seasons.

Could it really be that this powerhouse state will be without any entries in this year’s Big Dance?

Sorry Rick, but it looks like not even one school from Texas will be dancing this year. (Image credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America)

Sorry Rick, but it looks like not even one school from Texas will be dancing this year. (Image credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America)

Just when the possibility appeared to have arrived, two schools only 45 minutes from one another, playing in a little-known conference, have given the Lone Star State the smallest of breaths.

Believe it or not, it looks like Texas college hoops hopes rest on teams with 21 losses each.

Texas State University in San Marcos and the University of Texas San Antonio each have advanced to the semifinals of the WAC tourney, and they won’t play each other in the semis. Friday in Las Vegas will see them both in action fighting for a WAC Finals appearance.

So far, UTSA beat top seed La Tech, while Texas State toppled the second seed U. of Denver.

The semis feature UTSA versus one other Texas hope, UT-Arlington. Texas State takes on New Mexico State.  Arlington has a ho-hum record of 17-12 and wouldn’t be as maddening to see going to the Dance as much as one of these other Texas schools with more than 40 losses combined.

If one of these low winning percentage teams were to advance to the NCAA tourney, it would be an incredible upset.

And, it would punch a ticket for Texas basketball.

Howard Alperin is Managing Editor of AmericanizeSoccer.com

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  1. AJ Kaufman says:

    Don’t forget Stephen F. Austin State, my friend. They’ve led the Southland all season and play in the final Saturday night.

  2. Well, Texas probably won’t go completely without. Three TX teams are in finals Saturday: Stephen F. Austin, UT Arlington and Prairie View A&M. But whichever ones make it will be such low seeds that they won’t have any realistic chance of doing anything. Baylor and Texas were the teams that were supposed to be good this year. But Texas was done in by the long Kabango suspension, and there’s no way to avoid the fact that Baylor just underachieved. The Bears lost five games on their home court, including to Northwestern and College of Charleston. Yeah, they got hosed against Okie State in the tournament quarters, but they shouldn’t have put themselves in a position where that was a must win-game.

    Stephen F. is the best team in the state and has the second-best record in the nation. The Lumberjacks should in regardless of their final against Northwestern State, but I would advise them to win it.

  3. When I was a boy in the 60s and 70s, Texas and Southwest Conference hoops were the pits. Then Houston brought a rebirth ending with a resounding thud in the Final Four 3 straight years, particularly 1983. Now Texas hoops seems to have returned to the bottom of the barrel. Sadly, if Texas colleges could just recruit the Texas high school hoops talent Texas college basketball would not be in the pathetic state in which it now finds itself. But after years of Rick Barnes’ failures in the tourney, we will not have to worry about his failing this year. Wait until next year, and see whether any Texas hoops coaches can recruit the vast pool of high school talent in their backyard from which Kentucky has already plundered two star twin guards.

  4. Shelby Metcalf at Texas A&M also had a great deal to do with the revival of basketball in this state which has not gone back to the abyss.

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