Texas Basketball: March Madness Team Profile and Season Recap

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Ricky Dimon

NCAAB · 1 year ago

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

March Madness is here. It’s going to be a lot different in 2021 with the entire NCAA Tournament in one location, but having been canceled in 2020 the players are going to be even more enthused than usual and the bettors will be especially eager. With the regular season winding down, it’s time to start looking ahead at the teams that can expect to be serious National Championship contenders. We’ll be breaking them down one by one, and our series continues with the ninth-ranked Texas Longhorns.

Texas Longhorns basketball

Performance last five NCAA Tournaments: First Round, First Round, DNP, First Round, DNP

Ranking: 9

Coach: Shaka Smart

Star players: Andrew Jones, Matt Coleman

Main strengths: Veteran leadership in the backcourt

Biggest weakness: Offensive inefficiency (assist-to-turnover ratio worse than 1-to-1)

Record: 19-7

Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns

Texas Longhorns NCAA Tournament Odds

Texas Longhorns prospects

A lower seed than expected (No. 3) may not hurt. After all, the Longhorns landed in an East Region that is there for the taking. Top-seeded Michigan is likely without Isaiah Livers and No. 2 Alabama is by no means unbeatable. The ‘Horns have lost a ton of close games and they also boast plenty of big wins. Five of those wins have come in succession, with Texas riding incredible momentum heading into the Big Dance thanks to its run to the Big 12 Tournament title. Matt Coleman has been absolutely awesome of late. With this kind of guard play, the Longhorns are capable of going all the way.

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