Texas Longhorns: NCAA tournament

Way-too-early Bracketology

April, 16, 2012
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Sure it's only been two weeks since Kentucky was crowned national champs, but that doesn't mean we can't make some early bracketology projections.

Joe Lunardi has done just that and Texas is in the field for, what would be, a 15th consecutive season. Lunardi has the Longhorns as a No. 6 seed facing a No. 11 Purdue team.

By the way, Lunardi's No. 1 seeds are Indiana, Kansas, Louisville and Kentucky.

Check out the full bracket.
Texas freshman Jonathan Holmes wanted to make one thing perfectly clear after the matchups came out on Sunday night: “I’m not afraid of Yancy Gates. I’m not afraid of anybody.”

Maybe Holmes did not see the right hook Cincinatti’s Gates laid on Xavier’s Kenny Frease in their brawl back in December. Of course neither did the unsuspecting Frease. The point is Gates has some fight in his game. And Texas has to be more than a punching bag. The No. 11 seed Longhorns (20-13) have to throw a few haymakers of their own as they match up with the No. 6 seed Cincinnati (24-10) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Nashville Friday.
Pierre Jackson, Jonathan Holmes
Kevin Jairaj/US PresswireTexas will need Jonathan Holmes to be physical against Cincinnati.

To make sure Texas has at least a puncher’s chance here are three keys to the game:

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March Madness: Reading fortunes, What to watch

March, 14, 2012
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It's time for your daily dose of NCAA tournament coverage. The first night of the first round saw huge rallies by both Western Kentucky and BYU who lived to fight another day.

Syracuse, the No. 1 seed in East Region (which features the Longhorns), will be without one of their best with Fab Melo being ruled ineligible.

Dana O'Neil takes a look at each team's fortunes and what will determine their tourney fate.

Here's what she had to say about Texas:

Write 'em in: This team goes as J'Covan Brown goes. The best returning player for coach Rick Barnes, Brown has basically carried a young Longhorns team to an unexpected berth, averaging 20 points per game. Point guard Myck Kabongo has been good, if at times erratic, like most young players are. Brown needs to be sensational, and Kabongo controlled for Texas to win.

Write 'em out: This team isn't terribly complicated -- take Brown out of the offense and you've essentially taken the offense out of Texas. Other guys can score, but the Longhorns absolutely need Brown to be in double digits to win.

Write it down: Since 1956, Tom Anderson, the university's carillonneur, plays songs at 12:50 p.m., using the 56-bell chimes in the Tower. Since he takes requests, may we suggest "It's a Miracle" to emphasize the Longhorns' unexpected run to the tourney?


Jason King takes a look at Thursday and Friday's games and what to watch.

Finally, President Obama has submitted his bracket. Andy Katz visited the White House. The President has picked Kansas to win it all the last two seasons only to see the Jayhawks fail. This year, the Commander-in-Chief is taking the Tar Heels.

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March, 13, 2012
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Texas is dancing for a 14th straight year

March, 11, 2012
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The Texas Longhorns (20-13) are in the Big Dance once again. For the 14th straight season, Texas has earned a bid to the NCAA tournament. The Longhorns are in the East Region as a No. 11 seed. They open the tournament on Friday against No. 6 seed Cincinnati (24-10).

The East Region features No. 1 seed Syracuse, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Florida State. Texas

Texas is one of just six teams to make the tournament in each of the last 14 seasons. This will also be the Longhorns' 30th overall trip.

For more, here's the official bracket.

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Video: Longhorns in or out?

February, 19, 2012
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King's Court: Countdown to the madness

February, 15, 2012
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There are four week to go until the madness of the NCAA tournament begins. Jason King is counting the days and looking at the players and storylines that will dominate the next month.

Here's the full story.

The Longhorns are improving their tournament resume, but King says, they can't relax just yet:

Four teams from BCS leagues that will sweat it out until Selection Sunday

1. Texas: Rick Barnes has led the Longhorns to 13 straight NCAA tournaments, but this season he's traded first-round picks for gray hairs while guiding a team full of freshmen and a streaky gunslinger in junior guard J'Covan Brown. The Longhorns are dangerous and unpredictable -- but not always in a good way.

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Bracketology: Horns hanging on 

January, 3, 2012
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Big 12 play starts this week and Kansas, Missouri and Baylor are locks to make the NCAA Tournament, while Texas is hanging on to its postseason hopes.

In Joe Lunardi's expanded look at Bracketology, he looks at tournament odds and a bubble picture that is starting to take shape. The Longhorns find themselves firmly on that bubble.

Here's a look at what Lunardi said:

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