Texas’ placement in the West Region typifies the blessing/curse reality of college basketball. It’s an entire region full of flawed teams...Texas is one of them. OKC is the closest geographical location to Austin possible...they’ll be joined at their site by A&M fans, OU fans and VCU fans. The region has arguably the weakest 1 and 2 seed in the tournament...Texas may not make it out of the first round.
After sweating out whether or not they were even going to get a bid to the tournament, the Texas Longhorns find themselves in the odd situation of being the lower seed (11 to Butler’s 6) but the favorite (as high as 2.5 points depending on where you look). Much was expected out of this Texas program at the beginning of the season; we all know how that ended up during the regular season and conference tournament. Butler, on the other hand, wasn’t even picked to be in the top half of their conference; yet here they are after a 22-10 season where they tied for second place in the league at 12-6.