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]

BEVO BEAT Women's Basketball

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

Posted March 23rd, 2020


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:


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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