Horns Illustrated

Men’s basketball seeded sixth in West, face surging Northern Iowa

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Texas head coach Shaka Smart is familiar with the Longhorns' first-round opponent in the NCAA men's basketball championship, having coached three times against Northern Iowa when he was the head coach at Virginia Commonwealth (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — Selection Sunday for the NCAA tournament carried a lot less stress this year for the Texas men’s basketball team than it has at the end of the past two campaigns, thanks to a good, if not great, body of work in the regular season and a number of benchmark wins against some of the nation’s top teams.

For their efforts — and, some would say, despite their quarterfinal exit in the Big 12 Tournament last week — the Longhorns drew a sixth seed in the West Regional of the NCAAs and will face No. 11 Northern Iowa at 8:50 p.m. Friday at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.

If the Longhorns beat Northern Iowa, they


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