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Chris Beard insists that it was the most difficult decision in his life to return to his alma mater at Texas after a successful, five-season run at Big 12 rival Texas Tech that included an overtime loss in the national championship game two years ago.

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SAN ANTONIO — Zia Cooke scored 16 points, and South Carolina used its stifling defense to advance to the Final Four for the third time by shutting down Texas for a 62-34 victory Tuesday night.

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SAN ANTONIO — Moon Ursin and DiJonai Carrington both had 21 points as reigning national champion Baylor advanced to its 12th consecutive Sweet 16 with a 90-48 victory over Virginia Tech in the second round of the women’s NCAA Tournament on Tuesday night.

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INDIANAPOLIS — After MaCio Teague and the Baylor Bears got comfortable in the spacious confines of Lucas Oil Stadium, they looked like a team that could be playing here for bigger stakes in a few weeks.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Mac McClung scored 16 points in his first NCAA Tournament game, and Kyler Edwards added 12 to help sixth-seeded Texas Tech pull away from 11th-seeded Utah State 65-53 on Friday.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Matt Coleman scored a career-high 30 points, Jericho Simms added a career-best 21 and No. 13 Texas was poised at the foul line down the stretch in beating No. 12 Oklahoma State 91-86 on Saturday night to give the Longhorns their first Big 12 tournament title.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Cade Cunningham scored 25 points, Avery Anderson III added 20, and No. 12 Oklahoma State was nearly perfect from the foul line down the stretch in beating second-ranked Baylor 83-74 on Friday night in a Big 12 tournament semifinal.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — MaCio Teague scored 24 points, and Davion Mitchell added 23 as second-ranked Baylor held on to beat Kansas State 74-68 on Thursday and avoid what would have been one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Big 12 tournament.

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WACO — Jared Butler scored 22 points and No. 3 Baylor, fresh off clinching a Big 12 title on the road two days earlier, beat No. 17 Oklahoma State 81-70 on Thursday to end the Cowboys’ five-game winning streak.