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No. 25 Texas Longhorns claim No. 3 seed in Big 12 Tournament

After taking care of business in their regular season finale against Kansas with a clean sweep, the No. 25 Texas Longhorns turned their attention south to the city of Houston. While it wasn’t a game they were playing, the final between Houston and Oklahoma State had huge implications for the Big 12 Tournament.

An upset victory for Houston would have seen the Longhorns finish second in the conference and thus give them the second seed in the tournament. Earning that No. 2 seed would have meant a break on Tuesday, with their first game being played Wednesday night.

Texas Longhorns catcher Kimble Schuessler (10) celebrates a score with infielder Casey Borba (31).

Texas Longhorns catcher Kimble Schuessler (10) celebrates a score with infielder Casey Borba (31). / Aaron E. Martinez/American-Statesman /

That wouldn’t be the case, however, as Oklahoma State handled the Cougars in dominant fashion with a 9-2 victory in the second game of their doubleheader. That assured victory them No. 2 seed and pushed the Longhorns to the No. 3 seed. Their first game will be Tuesday night against the No. 10 seed Texas Tech Red Raiders at 7:30 p.m. CT.

This will be the Longhorns’ fourth game against the Red Raiders this season, as Texas won the series between the two to start their conference schedule. It was a high-scoring affair in the first contest between these two teams, with Texas scoring 33 runs and Texas Tech scoring 22.

As it currently stands, Texas ought be safe in the Field of 64 for the NCAA Tournament. What is at stake during the Big 12 Tournament is an opportunity to improve positioning within that field. A likely No. 2 seed in a regional, where the Longhorns finish and how favorable a tie is could depend on how well or poorly they play in Arlington.