ASU to face Texas in NCAA Tournament

The NCAA Tournament Committee's selections were announced Sunday afternoon, and the Arizona State Sun Devils are the 10th seed in the Midwest region and will face the 7th seeded Texas Longhorns on Thursday, March 20th in Milwaukee. Tip-off time to be announced later today.

Texas sports a 23-10 overall record, 11-7 in the Big 12. They finished the regular season ranked 4th in their conference, and including their league tournament are 4-4 in their last eight games.

The Longhorns are led by the 6-8 Jonathan Holmes who averages 13 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game, and Isaiah Taylor who averages 12.5 points per game and 3.9 assists per game.

This is Arizona State's 14th NCAA appearance and first since 2009. ASU is 13-14 and has reached the Final Eight on three occasions (1961, 1963 and 1975) under Ned Wulk. Utah, Oregon State and UCLA eliminated ASU in those years. In 2009, sixth-seeded ASU beat #11 Temple 66-57 in Miami before falling to #3-seeded Syracuse 78-68 under Herb Sendek. In 2003, ASU was a 10-seed and beat seventh-seeded Memphis 84-71 before eventual national runner-up Kansas beat ASU 108-76 in Oklahoma City under Rob Evans.

Herb Sendek is making his second appearance in the NCAA Tournament with ASU and his eighth overall and is 7-7. He was 1-1 with Miami (Ohio) in 1995, and then went 5-5 as his North Carolina State teams made five straight appearances from 2002-2006. He is 6-1 in first-round games. He took NC State to five straight NCAA Tournaments in his final five seasons (2002-06).

In the past seven years under Herb Sendek Arizona State is 25-10, 5-0 this season, when the Sun Devil staff has five full days between games. ASU, losers of six of their last eight games would naturally hope for that trend to continue.

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