Conference: Big 12 Conference
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
Region: No. 7 in Midwest
Texas was not supposed to be this good this year, but it is. The Longhorns got back in the national spotlight by knocking off the North Carolina Tar Heels when they were ranked No. 14 in college basketball.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Jonathan Holmes (13.0 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Cameron Ridley (8.1 rpg)
Leading Passer: Isaiah Taylor (3.9 apg)
Bad Losses: Texas Tech
Good Wins: North Carolina, Iowa State, Kansas State, Baylor (twice), Kansas, Oklahoma State
The Longhorns definitely earned their NCAA tournament seed this season. The Big 12 was arguably the best conference this year and they managed to finish in third place in the standings. Not to mention, they were one of the few teams that beat Kansas in the Big 12.
This has been the year of the freshmen and there is one first-year player that has gone well under-the-radar all season long. Isaiah Taylor has been great this season and his 12.5 points per game, 3.3 rebounds per game and 3.9 assists per game prove that.
Texas is probably not one of the favorites to make the Final Four, but what it did in the Big 12 cannot go unnoticed and this team really has the talent to compete with anyone in the dance. Just ask all of the top 25 teams that it beat.
The Texas Longhorns are dancing!