Going dancing: Longhorns to face Nevada in NCAA Tournament

Steve Helwick

After a suspenseful wait, the Texas Longhorns (19–14) avoided the First Four and drew a No. 10 seed in the South Regional of the NCAA Tournament.

Texas’ first-round opponent will be the No. 7 seed Nevada Wolf Pack (27–7) — the Mountain West regular season champions. The Longhorns will play Nevada on Friday in Nashville. The winner will face the team that advances out of the No. 2 seed Cincinnati-No. 15 seed Georgia State matchup.

Texas, which earned its first Tournament appearance since 2016, claimed one of seven Big 12 at-large bids in the field of 68 after advancing to the second round of the conference tournament. The Longhorns look to win their first NCAA Tournament game since 2014, when Cameron Ridley’s layup lifted then-head coach Rick Barnes’ team over Arizona State at the buzzer.