Champ Week: Preview, Bubble Watch
March, 5, 2012
By HornsNation staff | ESPN.com
It's that time of year. It's championship week. Many teams, including the Texas Longhorns, will be watching and awaiting their NCAA tournament fate. Texas still holds a slim chance at a 14th straigh tournament bid, but they'll need help.
For Texas to even have a chance, it must get a win (or two) in the Big 12 tournament. Texas will open the conference tournament Thursday against Iowa State at 8:30 p.m. CT.
Myron Medcalf provides a primer of the second half of Championship Week:
When: Wednesday, March 7 through Saturday, March 10
Where: Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Another (final) Kansas-Missouri classic? In their first matchup, Missouri and Kansas staged a memorable game that the Tigers won in the final minutes. In their second meeting this season, the Jayhawks stormed back from a 19-point second-half deficit to beat Missouri in overtime on Feb. 25 at Allen Fieldhouse. It's a shame that this rivalry will end next season when the Tigers leave for the SEC. But we could see one more battle between them in the Big 12 championship game on Saturday. We should be so lucky.
Fred Hoiberg and Co.: The Mayor did not want to wait. When he took over the Cyclones, his alma mater, two years ago, he immediately grabbed a crew of transfers and set his sights on the here-and-now. And his vision has been realized. With All-Big 12 first-teamer and Newcomer of the Year Royce White playing part-time point guard -- yes, he employs a 6-8, 270-pound point guard -- Hoiberg led the Cyclones to a tie for third in the Big 12 and an all-but-guaranteed at-large NCAA tourney bid in just his second season with the program. The Big 12 tournament is another showcase for the Cyclones and Hoiberg, who earned co-Big 12 coach of the year honors with Bill Self on Sunday.
Thomas Robinson: The Kansas power forward is locked in a two-man race for National Player of the Year honors with Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis. Robinson, who's averaging 18.0 ppg and 11.9 rpg, led Kansas to its eighth consecutive Big 12 regular-season title. Voters have a multitude of reasons to pick him for national player of the year. And this will probably be their last opportunity. Robinson will soon take his services to the NBA.
In the Monday edition of Bracketology, the Longhorns are still in.
Joe Lunardi has Texas as one of his last four teams in the tournament. The Longhorns are listed as a No. 13 seed.
Lunardi provides a checklist for bubble teams heading into conference championships.