Texas rode the hot hand of freshman A.J. Abrams to rout NC State and advance to the Sweet 16. Texas will face West Virginia, a December opponent, for the right to play the Duke-LSU winner. The Horns tip at 8:45 Central time on Thursday night.
A.J. Abrams was spectacular tonight, both as a scorer and as a penetrator. His emergence, along with catching me totally by surprise, has made the Horns that much more dangerous. The continued strong play of Daniel Gibson has Texas in a strong position, playing their best basketball of the year.
Congratulations to Rick Barnes and the Horns on an excellent victory. We'll dive in to a full breakdown of Texas, and all the tournament, action on Monday.