College basketball will crown it’s champion on Monday but on Thursday, in a battle of two teams that didn’t get th chance to “Dance”, the Texas Longhorns topped the Lipscomb Bison 81-66 to claim the NIT championship in New York City. The Longhorns, who also won the tournament in 1978, were led by Dylan Osetkowski who had 19 points and 11 rebounds. Jase Febres and Kerwin Roach each chipped in with 16 for the winners. Texas roared out to a 41-27 halftime lead and were never headed the rest of the way.
It was sweet vindication for a 21-16 team that disappointed most of the year. Head coach Shaka Smart, who had so much success with mid-major VCU, was just 71-66 in his four years in the Lone Star State and rumored to be on his way to UCLA. The Longhorns had a tough road to get to the final beating South Dakota State, Xavier, Colorado, and TCU. With three freshman and a sophomore starting for Texas, the longhorns should be very good in the years to come and win their first NCAA tournament game under Smart in the not to distant future.
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