Texas opens NCAA tournament play on Thursday in New Orleans vs. No. 9 seed Wake Forest. Tip time has been set for 8:35 pm. Winner gets No. 1 seed Kentucky on Saturday. Texas is in the NCAA tournament for the 12th straight season. Texas is one of six teams that can make this claim. Also, Rick Barnes has now taken his team to the NCAA tournament in each of the last 15 seasons (three for Clemson, 12 for Texas). Among coaches, this is the longest streak in the country.