Texas can hook its horns to an NIT championship.
Dylan Osetkowski had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Texas to the NIT championship with an 81-66 win over Lipscomb at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Longhorns (21-16) beat South Dakota State, Xavier, Colorado and TCU to reach the final, and survived a few late shots at the lead to win their first NIT title since 1978.
Smart, 71-66 in four seasons with the Longhorns, got Texas to cut down the nets at the same time he reportedly is on the short list of candidates to take the UCLA vacancy. Texas has not won an NCAA Tournament game under Smart and few Texas fans would weep if he left for the Bruins.
Texas fans at the Garden held up the “hook ’em” hand gesture as the final seconds elapsed.
Smart was doused with water in the locker room and had a towel with him as he walked to a news conference.
“There have been teams that have come and won the NIT and used it as an unbelievable springboard,” Texas head coach Shaka Smart said. “And there’s teams that haven’t.”
Jase Febres held off the Bisons (29-8) with 3s in the second half that extended the lead to 13 points each time and kept the Longhorns firmly in charge. He finished with 16 points and Kerwin Roach II had 16.
Houston extends Sampson: Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson signed a contract extension through the 2024-25 season after helping the Cougars to their best season in 35 years.
The move comes after Sampson turned around a downtrodden program and led the Cougars to their first Sweet 16 since 1984. Houston lost to Kentucky 62-58 to end its season at 33-4, a school record for wins.
Stanford heads to Maui in 2020: Stanford will spend some of November 2020 in Hawaii as part of the Maui Invitational field.
The Cardinal will be joined at the Lahaina Civic Center by North Carolina, Alabama, Davidson, Indiana, Providence, Texas and UNLV.
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