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Texas basketball team members want to win big in NCAA Tournament

Texas basketball team members want to win big in NCAA Tournament

Every player who transferred to Texas last spring came to Austin with a goal in mind.

Forget personal accomplishment. They wanted to win.

We’re also not talking about winning a few games before Christmas, or in January or February. Win in March. Step into the NCAA Tournament and win big.

Everyone knew that this team, given the overwhelming number of upper class men, might also have just one shot.

“Coming here and talking to (Texas coach Chris Beard) since the summer, all year round with all the guys, the team, the practice, everything, it’s always been about March “said goalkeeper Marcus Carr.

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Most of these Longhorns only saw the NCAA Tournament on television. Christian Bishop went to the Sweet 16 with Creighton, but Carr never got that far with Minnesota. The remaining four Horns never made it past the first round. Timmy Allen never played in the NCAA, neither did Devin Askew or Dylan Disu.

If this group has any hope of playing well in March, the Horns need to ignite their rockets now. Saturday’s regular season finale at No. 6 Kansas (23-6, 12-4 Big 12) isn’t a win-or-go home affair, but No. 21 Texas (21-9, 10-7) should treat this as such.

Kansas' Ochai Agbaji battles for a loose ball with Texas' Courtney Ramey and Marcus Carr on February 7.  Ramey held Agbaji, a strong Big 12 Player of the Year contender, to 11 points in the Longhorns' win.

You can bet the Jayhawks will. With a win, Kansas can clinch at least a share of the Big 12 title, if not all of it, depending on what happens with Baylor on Saturday.

“We’re going up against nine guys against Kansas. All nine are going to have to bring their A-game,” Beard said. “We can’t beat a team like Kansas with everything in play on Saturday with three or four guys there. Everyone has to show up and play well, and we have to play well. »