Even though the Rice Owls and Texas A&M Aggies struggled in their respective conference tournaments each school was named to be a regional host for the 2012 NCAA tournament. In the Big 12 tournament Texas A&M fell to No 6 seeded Missouri in their second round game and then fell to No. 7 Kansas to be eliminated from the tournament.
In the Conference USA tournament the format was pool play, and Rice was the top seed fell to No. 5 Memphis 3-2, and since Memphis defeated Rice and went 2-1 they advanced to the title game.
Both schools had exceptional seasons to be one of the 16 schools to host a regional with Texas A&M finishing with a 42-16 record and Rice had a 40-17 record.
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