Spring Game Kickoff Hinges On Horns Hoops

Want to know when Texas' annual Orange-White football game will be played next month? Then pay attention to how the Longhorn basketball team fares in the Sweet Sixteen, starting Thursday against West Virginia.

The program's spring football game would be moved to 2 p.m., Sunday, April 2, if the Longhorn basketball team reaches the Final Four that same weekend, head coach Mack Brown said Monday. The Orange-White Game is currently slated for Saturday, April 1, at a time to be determined. It has been an evening game the last two years and was last played on a Saturday afternoon when the Texas basketball team played in the 2003 Sweet Sixteen in San Antonio.

"In respect to (Texas coach) Rick (Barnes), I've always told him, 'You're playing; we're not,'" Brown said. "We would move it (Spring Game) for a basketball championship. It would be a great problem to have."

The national semi-finals are set for April 1 in Indianapolis.

Second-seeded Texas faces No. 6 West Virginia at 8:40 (Central), Thursday, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. It is a rematch of Texas' last-second win over the Mountaineers last November in Kansas City. If the seeds hold, Texas would then face another rematch -- this time against a Duke team that handed the Horns a 31-point loss in December -- on Saturday for a shot at the Final Four.

"After watching basketball through the years, it seems like the team that gets hot at the right time has the best chance to win," Brown said. "We looked great on Sunday. I'm excited about the guys going to Atlanta. They did a wonderful job. If you go back and look through the years, a lot of time the team that wins the national championship might not be perceived as the best team going in."

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