Texas draws Arizona State in the Midwest

Posted March 16th, 2014


And over in the Steve Patterson bracket, it’ll be Texas vs. Arizona State.

Texas’ athletic director, hired away from Arizona State last November, will be one of a couple different Longhorns storylines heading into this week’s NCAA Tournament.

Texas, the No. 7 seed in what looks like a loaded Midwest Region, faces 10th-seeded Arizona State on Thursday in Milwaukee.


The Longhorns have lost five of their last eight games, hadn’t won a game away from the Erwin Center since Feb. 4 before last Thursday’s Big 12 tournament quarterfinals win over West Virginia, and looked alarmingly flat in Friday’s loss to Baylor.

Other teams in Texas’ side of the Midwest bracket: Wichita State, Michigan, Duke, Louisville and Kentucky.

If Texas gets past Arizona State, the Longhorns would probably face second-seeded Michigan in the next round.

It’s the 15th trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last 16 years for Texas, which missed last year’s.

Texas faced 18 teams this season that ended up in the Tournament field, going 9-9 against them.

Since the NCAAs field expanded to 64 teams in 1985, Texas is 16-6 in its opening games, including five of the last seven.

Arizona State (21-11, 10-8 in the Pac-12) also has struggled of late; the Sun Devils have lost five of their last seven games, including three in a row.

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