Gonzaga is the tournament’s top seed. Kansas and Arizona are also No. 1. Duke and Kentucky are up there as No. 2 and defending champion Baylor is the other seed and a force to be reckoned with again. also.
But all that similarity felt more like a celebration when the deals were made on this Selection Sunday. The most anticipated reveal of the year looked like a party again, though it might have been pushed back a notch on the ticker by Tom Brady’s unexpected return to the NFL in an announcement that came just as where Dick Vitale and Co., were beginning to break the 68-team draw.
“It was a really special year because we all realized what we missed,” Villanova coach Jay Wright said.
For the first time since 2019, teams will scatter across the country in eight cities for 48 games during the first four-day weekend of the unofficial American Hoops holiday. Then they’ll travel to four cities for the Sweet 16. And they’ll cut the nets in New Orleans, where the Final Four takes place April 2-4.
A total of seven teams in the men’s tournament hail from Texas, including the University of Houston and Texas Southern University.
On the women’s side, four teams are from Texas. This year, the women’s tournament is called “March Madness”, just like the men’s. This installment was revealed on Sunday, as was the men’s. The No. 1 seeds in this one: South Carolina, Louisville, North Carolina and Stanford.
Here’s an overview of what to watch with each team.
No. 1 Baylor
Baylor won it all last year, so they will be looking to do it again by entering the tournament as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Region. They face Norfolk State Thursday at 1 p.m. at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth.
The Bears (26-6) are the No. 1 seed for only the second time in program history.
As for its opponent, Norfolk State won the regular season and MEAC Tournament championships and is making its second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Texas Tech No. 3
This is the Red Raiders’ fourth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Their next stop will be San Diego, Calif., for a West Region game against No. 14 Montana State on Friday at 10:45 a.m. (PST).
It’s a big deal for Tech, who has enjoyed consistent success, including a 2018 trip to the Elite 8, a 2019 NCAA National Championship final and the 2021 second round.
The Red Raiders have had 19 NCAA Tournament appearances overall.
The University of Houston Cougars earned the fifth seed after reaching the Final Four last season, their first since 1984.
The Cougars also defeated the Memphis Tigers to win the AAC Tournament trophy.
Next, they will face the University of Alabama – Birmingham on Friday at 8:20 p.m. in Pittsburgh.
Texas No. 6
The Longhorns take on No. 11 Virginia Tech on Friday at 3:30 p.m., marking their 36th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Texas is just one of eight schools nationally to have appeared in at least 20 of the last 23 NCAA tournaments, according to the school’s website.
Texas Christian University No. 9
Friday is shaping up to be one of the first nights to watch Texas teams in the tournament, and that includes TCU, which will be at 8:57 p.m. (to be precise!) against Seton Hall.
This will be the ninth tournament for the men’s basketball team.
TCU participated in the tournament recently. This time it will be their second appearance in four post-season seasons.
The winner of that game will move on Sunday against the winner of the No. 1 seed Arizona and either Bryant or Wright State, who are both No. 16 seeds.
University of Southern Texas No. 16
The tournament begins with TSU facing Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio on Tuesday at 5:40 p.m.
ABC13 was there when the TSU Tigers left campus for the airport. The Tigers are in play after beating Alcorn State to win the SWAC Championship.
This will be TSU’s third straight appearance in the top four and fourth all-time for the Tigers.
“I feel great. I couldn’t even sleep last night. I just woke up… two hours of sleep, already loaded. I’m just ready to get there,” said senior striker John Walker, who says the team’s strategy is just to play hardball.
“We believe nothing is impossible at all,” Walker said.
Watch: Head coach Johnny Jones explains why he thinks his team can go all the way
No. 16 Texas A&M – Corpus Christi
It’s island time! Texas A&M Corpus Christi also makes this 20 hour (!) trip to Dayton, Ohio.
The Islanders got an automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament after winning the Southland Conference Championship. This will be the Islanders’ second NCAA tournament and their first since 2006-07.
The winner of the game between Corpus Christi and TSU will face No. 1 Kansas on Thursday night in Fort Worth.
This year, the women’s tournament is called “March Madness”, just like the men’s. This installment was revealed on Sunday, as was the men’s. The No. 1 seeds in this one: South Carolina, Louisville, North Carolina and Stanford.
No. 2 Baylor
Baylor fell to Texas in the Big 12 Championship Final on Sunday, but that didn’t stop them from earning a spot for March Madness.
On Friday, Baylor will face 15th-seeded Hawaii in a first-round match. The winner will advance to a second round match on Sunday with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line.
The Lady Bears earned a top-2 seed for the 11th consecutive time. This is their 20th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament, so they’re used to dancing, or should we say, two-stepping Texas!
They’ve moved to the Sweet 16 in the last 12 tournaments.
Texas No. 2
Texas Women’s Basketball learned its fate in the tournament 30,000 feet in the air after winning the Big 12 Championship from Baylor.
Like several other teams, Texas will play Friday at home against Fairfield.
This will be the Longhorns’ 34th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. This ranks #4 in NCAA Division 1 history.
They are also coming off an 11-game winning streak.
No. 12 Stephen. F.Austin
The Ladyjacks are also tied to the NCAA Tournament.
They learned Monday that they will face the North Carolina Tar Heels in Arizona on Saturday, March 19 at 6:30 p.m. CT.
The Ladyjacks clinched their ticket after beating Grand Canyon Lopes 74-57 over the weekend and winning the 2021-22 WAC Tournament Championship.
No. 14 UT Arlington
Let’s go dancing, Lady Mavs.
As the No. 14 seed, UT Arlington will face No. 3 seed Iowa on ESPNU on Friday.
This is UTA’s third all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament after securing berths in 2005 and 2007.
And even the head coach shines.
Coach Shereka Wright has been honored as the 2022 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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