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Daily Round Up: There’s Always Next Year

Next season will be key for Shaka Smart.

NCAA Basketball Tournament - First Round - Northern Iowa v Texas Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Next season will be key for Shaka Smart’s program.

The Longhorns were No. 303 in pace last season and No. 210 this season. His last three teams at VCU all finished in the top 90. Next season, Smart will have his type of players -- and he will finally have a point guard that can run his system.

This is only the second time Texas has not made the NCAA tournament since 1999.

"The amazing thing with Texas isn't that the Longhorns missed. It's how badly they missed. It wasn't just a .500 whiff. When you think about it, 22 losses in a power conference for a program with a good history is really hard to do.”

The Dallas Morning News ranks Big 12 quarterbacks.

Colt McCoy wants the A&M game back on the schedule.

My whole life growing up I thought about Thanksgiving day and that's when Texas and A&M play, or they play the day after. But that weekend is about about football and this was kind of the climax, this game. Hopefully we can find a way to bring that back.”

How about an NCAA bracket based on football?

St. Mary’s basketball coach Jamion Christian talks about the role Shaka Smart played in his coaching style.