Within a span of just over five hours, both SMU and TCU saw their seasons come to an end with first-round exits in their conference tournaments.
Despite a valiant effort, the SMU Mustangs lost 53-52 to Alabama-Birmingham in the opening round of the Conference USA Tournament in Tulsa.
SMU trailed by as many as 11 points early in the second half, bit with Jalen Jones scoring nine of his 13 points in the second frame, the Mustangs had it down to three with less than seven minutes to go.
Despite the fact that they didn't make a field goal in the last 3:13 of the game, the Mustangs actually had their first lead on two Brian Bernardi free throws with 29 seconds left.
Up 52-51, Cannen Cunningham looked to preserve the gave by blocking Jordan Swing's shot with 10 seconds left. But Swing got his own rebound and put it in for the Blazers' lead. Nick Russel had one last chance for SMU, but his shot was blocked by Robert Williams, ending the game and drawing ire from coach Larry Brown that a foul was not called.
SMU's season ends at 15-17, with the 15 wins being their second most ever under a first-year head coach.
TCU's game didn't end quite as close, as the Horned Frogs dropped their Big 12 Tournament opener 70-57 to Texas in Kansas City.
Trailing for most of the first half, the Frogs did lead 44-43 with 12:39 remaining in the game. But they never led by more than a single point, and the Longhorns outscored them 27-13 the rest of the way.
TCU was unable to stop Myck Kabongo, with 16 points and six assists. Julian Lewis scored 19 off the bench for the Longhorns.
TCU's season ends at 11-21, and losing four senior starters will leave a number of questions as to where Trent Johnson will start next year.
Things may be even more complicated for SMU, who is up in the air right now as to what type of conference they will be in next year.