AUSTIN (KXAN) - Texas earned its 13th NCAA tournament berth Sunday as a No. 4 seed in the West (Anaheim) Region.
"I don't know if it matters what line you go in on, I think you've got to win basketball games," coach Rick Barnes said.
This is just the second time the Longhorns (27-7) earned a four seed under Barnes, the first time was in 2007 when they lost to USC in the second round. Texas will face No. 13 Oakland University (25-9) in Tulsa on Friday at 11:15, Central.
After winning the Summit League regular season with a 17-1 conference record, Oakland earned an automatic bid to the Big Dance after beating Oral Roberts 90-76 to win its conference tournament.
The Golden Grizzlies have experience playing against major competition. They played five Top 25 teams in their non-conference schedule, including a 92-63 loss on the road to the top seed in the tournament, Ohio State. Their biggest win of the season came in December when they upset then-no. 7 Tennessee in Knoxville 89-82.
Oakland enters the tournament as the second highest scoring team in the country, averaging 85.6 points per game on .494 percent shooting, also the second highest average in the nation.
Texas is coming off a loss to Kansas in the Big 12 championship game. After losing three out of four games towards the end of the season, the Longhorns won their next three games at Baylor and against Oklahoma and Texas A&M in the Big 12 tournament.
"Over the last four or five games, we've gotten closer to where guys really are playing their roles," Barnes said. "Now, it's just a matter, as a team, that we be consistent."
Winter is invading Texas with a vengeance as snow, sleet and ice were unleashed on much of northern and western sections of the state.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.
Caldwell County residents gathered Thursday evening to organize their fight against a proposed landfill that they say poses a hazard that they don't need.
The pastor of the Austin church attended by the teacher who was killed Thursday in Benghazi remembered him as a spiritual friend dedicated to improving the lives of others.
As the Austin area prepares itself for an impending winter storm on Friday, Dec. 6, many schools have already announced delays.