2021 NCAA Tournament: Drake, Texas Southern win in First Four games

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2021 NCAA Tournament: Drake, Texas Southern win in First Four games

Drake and Texas Southern advanced to the NCAA Tournament main draw after surviving Wichita State and Mount St. Mary's in their respective First Four...

2021 NCAA Tournament: Drake, Texas Southern win in First Four games By 2 Comments Drake and Texas Southern advanced to the NCAA Tournament main draw after surviving Wichita State and Mount St. Mary's in their respective First Four games. Wichita State led by 12 in both the first and second half, but Drake clawed back each time to win 53-52. Drake's Joseph Yesufu, who finished with 21 points, missed a free-throw with just five seconds left, but Wichita State's 3-pointer hit the front of the rim, ending its season. Morris Udeze led all scorers with 22 points for the Shockers, but was called for a travel with less than two minutes to go and Wichita State down 49-47. Drake capitalized and extended the lead on the next possession. The Shockers last made the NCAA Tournament in 2018 under then-head coach Gregg Marshall who resigned before the start of the season after allegations of verbal and physical abuse. Texas Southern edged Mount St. Mary's 60-52 in the first NCAA Tournament game in two years. The Tigers trailed by 10 after the first half, but outscored the Mountaineers by 18 in the second half to win Thursday's first First Four game. John Walker III led all scorers with 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Tigers. Texas Southern (17-8) will face No. 1 Michigan in the East Region on Saturday while Drake (25-4) will play No. 6 USC. This is a developing story. More to come. Significance of Texas Southern's win Brian Bennett, college basketball staff writer: Barring a miraculous upset, Texas Southern will lose to No. 1 seed Michigan by a lot of points on Saturday. But beating Mount St. Mary's is important for the school and for the SWAC. The Tigers victory' guaranteed one NCAA Tournament unit for the conference; a unit was worth about $280,000 the last time the tournament was played. Especially for cash-strapped programs like Texas Southern and the SWAC, every dollar counts. (Photo: Trevor Ruszkowski / USA Today) Backstory

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