Texas Gets No. 7 Seed, Arizona State

A year after missing out on the NCAA Tournament for the first time in Rick Barnes's tenure, the Longhorns are back in the field as a No. 7 seed following a 23-10 season.

As a No. 7 in the Midwest bracket, Texas will take on No. 10 seed Arizona State in Milwaukee on Thursday. Arizona State went 21-11 on the season, including a 10-8 mark in the Pac-12. KenPom ranks the Sun Devils No. 47 nationally, with the 97th rated offense and the 27th ranked defense.

Star guard Jahii Carson (5-10 180) averages 18.6 points per game and 4.5 assists per game. Wing Jermaine Marshall (6-4 215) is averaging 15.0 points per game this season. Down low, Arizona State is led by Jordan Bachynski (7-2 248), who averages 11.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game.

It's not a bad matchup for the Longhorns. Arizona State can struggle to score efficiently, with part of that coming from Carson, who scores at a high level, but not necessarily at an efficient one. And while Bachynski is one of the country's best shot-blockers, the Sun Devils don't have a ton of bulk down low, and aren't a great rebounding team on either end.

Should the Longhorns advance, they would take on the winner of No. 2 seed Michigan and No. 15 seed Wofford. Wichita State, the only undefeated team left in the country, is the No. 1 seed in the Midwest region.


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