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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Texas still in play to qualify for the NCAA Tournament

Plus Texas softball relishes their latest rankings

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According to CBS Sports, Texas still has what it takes to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

From CBS Sports: “More surprisingly, we welcome Texas back to the bracket. The Longhorns, a No. 12 seed, looked dead to rights after a 29-point loss at Iowa State on Feb. 15. Since then, Texas has won four in a row, including a win at home over slumping West Virginia and at Texas Tech on Saturday. The latter is the Longhorns’ best win of the season. Texas still has work to do if it hopes to stay in the bracket, but this has been a pretty good late run for a team thought to be done and without its leading rebounder, Jericho Sims.”

WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS

Austin American-Statesman: With so many injuries, Texas’ Shaka Smart has element of surprise working for Longhorns

Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Texas, Kansas State lead the Big 12 early in the 2021 recruiting race

Austin American-Statesman: How did Texas fare at the 2020 NFL Combine?

Dallas Morning News: Tom Herman’s side trip to South Bend shows he is serious about Texas’ turnaround

247Sports: The Stampede: Texas recruiting quick hits to start the spring

NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12

  • Despite having beat both teams ahead of them last week, Texas softball (20-3) remains ranked No. 3 in the NFCA’s national poll, behind the UCLA Bruins and the Washington Huskies. But that’s only one-third of the story, as the Longhorns were also ranked No. 2 overall in ESPN and USA Softball’s poll, and No. 1 overall by the Softball America.
  • Texas men’s basketball travels to Norman tonight to take on the Oklahoma Sooners. For the Longhorns, it’s a do-or-die moment if they’re to make the NCAA Tournament this season.
  • Texas freshman guard Celeste Taylor is getting the recognition she deserves. Earlier this week, she was named to a share of the Big 12’s player of the week award with the Baylor Bears’ Lauren Cox. Taylor also received the Big 12’s weekly honor for freshmen, making her and Kansas guard Holly Kersgieter the only players to win both in a single week.
  • Andrew Jones is getting his share of recognition, too.
  • Junior guard Jase Febres will undergo surgery tomorrow, per Smart.