WHO DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT AND WHY?
American Airlines Center, Dallas - The home of the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars has ample seating to host the tournament, but the mid-March dates make getting the AAC locked down for a week near impossible. Both the Stars and Mavs would need to be on the road in order to use the facility. However when talk of moving the tournament was broached last spring, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he was not opposed to having the AAC as the host site.
AT&T Center, San Antonio - While the Spurs' home court would have been a fitting match close to Austin, but with the professional vibe, the problem with the venue stems from scheduling with a major NBA franchise and the radio that would be in town.
Moody Coliseum, Dallas - The newly remodeled home of the SMU Mustangs, while an updated facility in the heart of Dallas, the 9,000 capacity was still much too small for the crowds expected at the state tournament.
The Toyota Center, Houston - The home of the Rockets offers a pretty easy trek south for the state tournament and with the usual one or two teams coming from Southeast Texas in addition to the Houston-area teams that are perennial contenders, the NBA arena seems fitting. The challenge, like with the AAC came from scheduling conflicts with the Rockets, who would need to be on the road for back-to-back weekends in March.
Curtis Culwell Center, Garland - The facility has shown it can handle big basketball crowds and events, serving as the host site for the SWAC conference tournaments and numerous high school basketball regionals. The Culwell Center is now the site of the UIL state volleyball and wrestling tournaments. The city itself has some good basketball history with guys like Mookie Blaylock among its notable hoops alumni, but again, the capacity issue makes hosting a major high school championship a challenge.
Ferrell Center, Waco - Baylor's home arena has drawn large crowds for mens and women's college games in recent years and it has served as the home of several regional tournaments at the high school level. It holds more than 10,000 people, and it is pretty centrally located for both DFW and Houston-area teams. However, even with the iconic gold dome, Waco was pretty much a non-contender.