March Madness in Austin

Texas team huddle. (Will Gallagher/IT)
Texas team huddle. (Will Gallagher/IT)

It’s March Madness in Austin. Texas is headed to the NCAA National Tournament.

Regarding Texas’ draw
•On paper, Butler is a very good matchup for the Horns
•They are a low possession team
•They struggle against effective height
•They play a spread out defense in looking to protect against the three
•They don’t get out on the break
•They have little length or shot blocking
•They rely on getting to the foul line for points
It’s about as winnable a game as one could expect for an 11 seed going up against any of the 6s (I would have liked to see Providence, but what are you going to do?).

Regarding Notre Dame
•Mike Brey might be the one coach with less NCAA tournament chops than Rick Barnes.
•Since 2003 (when Texas went to the Final Four and Notre Dame went to the Sweet Sixteen), Brey’s teams have won two NCAA tournament games.
•That’s right, TWO.
•Including upset losses in four of those years
•Weakness vs. weakness?
•Otherwise, Notre Dame is a perimeter scoring team who will look to spread out Texas on offense
•Not saying Texas would be favored, but genuinely, even lately, Barnes has a better tournament resume than Brey does
•Just saying…
Regarding the tournament in general
•It’s shocking how weak college basketball is this year
•The Midwest is filled with overrated teams (and Kentucky) and it still might be the strongest region
•Kentucky won’t be challenged by this region. I see double digit wins through the Elite Eight, honestly
•The West region is trash, in my opinion. All of Baylor, UNC, Arkansas and Xavier were wildly overseeded
•South has some intriguing matchups, but ISU should feel like they were given a gift with no Zona, Wisconsin or Kentucky in their bracket
•LOVE my UNI Panthers’ chances to make some real noise in the East. Worst top four seeds of the tournament
Regarding some bull****
•Some abysmal seeding this year
•Georgetown as a four?!
•UNC as a four?!
•Louisville as a four?!
•Xavier as a six?!
•MSU as a seven?!
•Wichita State as a seven?!
Rough, rough “prize” for KU and Virginia in those spots.

The tip-off time for The University of Texas’ NCAA Second-Round contest on Thursday, March 19 has been set for approximately 1:45 p.m. Central (30 minutes following completion of Notre Dame-Northeastern game that tips at 11:15 am CT), CBS Sports and Turner Sports announced tonight.

The Longhorns (20-13, 8-10 Big 12), the No. 11 seed in the Midwest Region, will play No. 6 seed Butler (22-10, 12-6 Big East). UT’s game on Thursday will be played at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh and be televised nationally by CBS.

Should Texas advance to the Third Round, tip time for that contest on Saturday, March 21 has not been determined. Texas would face the winner of Thursday’s Notre Dame-Northeastern game.

This marks the 16th NCAA Tournament appearance in the 17 years under coach Rick Barnes and 32nd overall appearance by the Longhorns in the NCAA Tournament.