Mock bracket: Texas schools should land multiple teams in NCAA tourney

Posted Friday, Feb. 14, 2014  comments  Print Reprints
A

Have more to add? News tip? Tell us

If Friday’s media mock bracket for the 2014 NCAA Tournament mirrors real life on Selection Sunday, the state of Texas will not endure a second consecutive shutout in this year’s Big Dance.

Based on voting by a 12-member media panel, with hypothetical results in conference tournaments supplied by NCAA administrators, the Lone Star State landed three schools in the 68-team field: Texas, SMU and Stephen F. Austin. In addition, the Big 12 landed seven teams in the tournament, most of any conference.

No. 19 Texas (19-5, 8-3 in Big 12) and No. 23 SMU (19-5, 8-3 in American Athletic Conference) received at-large berths in the field. SFA (23-2, 12-0 in Southland) was added as the projected winner of the Southland Conference tournament.

If that holds true when actual berths are assigned March 16, that would represent a major turnaround from last year, when Texas’ Division I programs went 0-for-21 in efforts to earn berths in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. It marked the first NCAA Tournament without a school from Texas since 1977.

In the mock bracket, Texas received a fifth seed in the South Regional, where the Longhorns would be paired against the winner of a “First Four” game between Missouri and Providence. Texas’ first two tournament games would be played in Orlando, Fla,. the same venue where SFA — the No. 13 seed in the South — would face fourth-seed Wisconsin.

SMU, a No. 8 seed in the Midwest Regional, was targeted for an opening matchup against ninth-seed George Washington in St. Louis.

In addition to Texas, the Big 12 teams that joined the mock bracket (with seeds) include: Kansas (2), Iowa State (4), Kansas State (6), Oklahoma (7), Oklahoma State (10) and West Virginia (11). The Mountaineers, one of the last four at-large teams in the field, were targeted for a “First Four” matchup against Tennessee in Dayton, Ohio, with the winner advancing to face sixth-seed Connecticut in the South Regional.

The 2014 tournament will conclude April 5-7 with the Final Four at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. NCAA officials announced Friday that they will distribute 200,000 clear plastic bags in various locations in DFW during the week of the Final Four because the games will be played at an NFL stadium and NFL policy requires fans to carry personal items in a clear bag.

Jimmy Burch, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @Jimmy_Burch

Looking for comments?

We welcome your comments on this story, but please be civil. Do not use profanity, hate speech, threats, personal abuse, images, internet links or any device to draw undue attention. Our policy requires those wishing to post here to use their real identity.

Our commenting policy | Facebook commenting FAQ | Why Facebook?





Sunday, April 20Full Scoreboard
Toronto4Final | Box
Cleveland «6
LA Angels1Final | Box
Detroit «2
Seattle2Final | Box
Miami «3
Atlanta3Final(14) | Box
NY Mets «4
Milwaukee «3Final(14) | Box
Pittsburgh2
St. Louis2Final | Box
Washington «3
NY Yankees «5Final(12) | Box
Tampa Bay1
Minnesota «8Final | Box
Kansas City3
Cincinnati «8Final | Box
Chicago Cubs2
Chicago WSox «16Final | Box
Texas2
Houston1Final | Box
Oakland «4
Philadelphia «10Final | Box
Colorado9
Arizona1Final | Box
Los Angeles «4
San Francisco «4Final | Box
San Diego3
Baltimore5Final | Box
Boston «6
Full Scoreboard
Sunday, April 20Full Scoreboard
Dallas85Final | Box
San Antonio «90
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. San Antonio leads series, 1-0.
Charlotte88Final | Box
Miami «99
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Miami leads series, 1-0.
Washington «102Final | Box
Chicago93
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game One. Washington leads series, 1-0.
Portland513rd Qtr 8:26 | Box
Houston61TV: TNT, CSN-HOU
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
Full Scoreboard
Full Scoreboard
No games this week
Full Scoreboard
Sunday, April 20Full Scoreboard
Philadelphia «4Final | Box
NY Rangers2
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Series tied, 1-1.
Detroit1Final | Box
Boston «4
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. Series tied, 1-1.
Tampa Bay2Final | Box
Montreal «3
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Game Three. Montreal leads series, 3-0.
Los Angeles22nd Prd 12:14 | Box
San Jose1TV: NBCSN, CBC, FSN-W
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game Two. San Jose leads series, 1-0.
Full Scoreboard