The Texas Longhorns avoided a third straight loss and may have saved their season thanks to Tyrese Hunter's buzzer-beater layup.
“I enjoyed every single day of this journey with this group. I’m going to really miss working with this group," Terry struggled to say minutes after the Longhorns’ 88-81 loss to Miami.
This will be the first Final Four with no team seeded better than No. 4, says the Associated Press.
The Longhorns have taken the season in 40-minute bites, one game at a time, never gazing too far down the path. The next 40 minutes will decide whether Texas reaches its first Final Four since 2003.
Tyrese Hunter scored 19 points, and Marcus Carr and Christian Bishop added 18 apiece, to move second-seeded Texas within a game of the Final Four for the first time in 15 years.
The second-seeded Longhorns (28-8) made just one of 13 shots from 3-point land, so Dylan Disu turned this one into a mid-range game.
No. 2 Texas defeated No. 10 Penn State 71-66, marking the first trip to the Sweet 16 for the Longhorns since 2008.
Beard’s two-year tenure at alma mater Texas ended abruptly in January, though felony domestic charges were ultimately dismissed on Feb. 15.
After finishing second to Kansas in the regular season, the Longhorns proved Saturday night they were champs in their own right, blowing out the Jayhawks 76-56 in the Big 12 finals.
Texas entered the day in a three-way tie for second, but the win and losses by Kansas State and Baylor left the Longhorns alone in the spot.
It was the second loss in a row and third in five games for the Longhorns.
Rodney Terry was given the interim head coach title when former coach Chris Beard was fired on Jan. 5.
Jalen Bridges had 17 points for the Bears, who went on to beat Big 12 co-leader and No. 8 Texas 81-72 on Saturday after the Longhorns had jumped out to a 14-point lead.
Texas Longhorns guard Sir’Jabari Rice’s fourth 3-pointer of the game gave Texas an 84-77 lead with 2:26 left in overtime.
Forward Christian Bishop led the Longhorns’ comeback, including the go-ahead lay-in with 37 seconds to go, and the new Big 12 leaders held on for a 69-66 victory over the No. 7 Wildcats on Saturday.
Texas Longhorns guard Sir’Jabari Rice’s 3-pointers kept any chance of a Baylor rally in check and Texas never trailed in the second half.
The raucous crowd of more than 20,000 at Thompson-Boling Arena watched the No 4. Tennessee Volunteers dominate the No. 10 Texas Longhorns inside.
Texas is 10-2 under Terry, with its only losses coming against No. 5 Kansas State and No. 12 Iowa State, the two teams at the top of the Big 12 with the Longhorns.
Texas got its typical scoring surge from floor leaders Marcus Carr and Timmy Allen.
The Longhorns bounced back from a double-digit loss at No. 12 Iowa State on Wednesday. Without Carr taking over on Saturday, Texas could have been staring at its first losing streak since last January.