Texas head coach Karen Aston speaks with her team on the bench as they compete against Baylor in Austin on Jan., 31, 2020. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]

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One and done? Texas women bounced in the first round of ESPN’s simulated March Madness

Posted March 23rd, 2020

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The NCAA women’s basketball tournament never got underway this month, but one media outlet has an idea of how March Madness would have gone.

On Monday, ESPN published a simulation of the 2020 women’s basketball tournament. The tournament was cancelled by the NCAA on March 12 as concerns grew about the coronavirus outbreak. As a placeholder for the on-court action, ESPN used its Basketball Power Index to create a hypothetical competition that ended with Baylor winning its second straight title.

ESPN’s simulation was not kind to Texas. The Longhorns were sent to a UConn to open their postseason run as a No. 10 seed. Texas was then bested in the first round by Arizona State. In his breakdown of this fictional fracas, ESPN  bracketologist Charlie Creme wrote:

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For an offense that never found its identity this season, Texas drew what might have been its worst possible matchup. Sun Devils coach Charli Turner Thorne is a master at making opponents uncomfortable, and the Longhorns never made a significant run.”

In reality, Texas closed out its 2019-20 season with a 63-52 win over Oklahoma State on March 8. The Longhorns went 19-11 and finished in third place in the Big 12 standings.

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