After an 11-win season kept Texas out of the tournament last season, the Longhorns are back in the Big Dance as the No. 10-seed in the South Region, where they’ll take on the 7-seeded Nevada Wolf Pack on Friday in Nashville around 3:30 p.m. CT on TBS.
The tourney berth marks the second Texas appearance in three seasons under Shaka Smart, thanks in large part to five ranked wins throughout the Big 12 slate and three crucial wins over Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Iowa State down the stretch.
The Longhorns latest NCAA Tournament appearance marks their 34th in school history and 18th in the past 20 years. However, Texas is without a tournament win since knocking off Arizona State in 2014. Since that victory, though, the Longhorns are 0-3, including a buzzer-beating loss to Northern Iowa during Smart’s debut season.
This time around, after needing three wins throughout the past two weeks just to reach this point, the ‘Horns will aim to secure their first NCAA Tournament win of the Smart era against a Nevada team that notched a 27-7 record this season.