Horns Dallas-Bound With No. 2 Seed

Despite a Big 12 Tournament Championship loss to Kansas as the Tournament Committee deliberated, Texas landed an expected No. 2 seed with a short trip up I-35 to Dallas scheduled for the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. The Horns face No. 15 seed Penn in the opening round on Friday at the American Airlines Center. Tip is scheduled for 8:50 p.m.

Penn (20-8, 12-2 Ivy League) earned the Ivy League's automatic bid with its regular season championship. The Quakers final regular season game was a 60-59 OT loss to Princeton last Tuesday on March 7.

Texas and Penn have three common opponents: Duke, Villanova and Colorado. The Horns lost to the Blue Devils, 97-66, but beat both the Wildcats, 58-55, and the Buffs, 89-64. The Quakers lost to the Blue Devils, 72-59, to Villanova, 62-55, and to Colorado, 78-60.

If Texas wins the opener, the Horns will face the winner of the No. 7 seed California vs. No. 10 seed North Carolina State on Sunday in Dallas.

And looming down the road is the Atlanta Regional and two teams Texas beat earlier in the season, No. 3 seed Iowa and No. 6 seed West Virginia, and, with three straight wins, possibly No. 1 seed Duke for a trip to Final Four.

Along with Duke, UConn, Villanova and Memphis landed the other No. 1 seeds.

The Big 12 landed four teams in the Tourney, with league tournament champs Kansas grabbing the automatic bid and a No. 4 seed in the Oakland Regional, Oklahoma a No. 6 in the Minneapolis Regional, and Texas A&M a just-in No. 12 on the other side of the Atlanta bracket.

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