Gonzaga is the tournament’s top seed. Kansas and Arizona are also No. 1. Duke and Kentucky are at the top as No. 2 and defending champion Baylor is the other top seed and again a force to be reckoned with.
But all that equality felt more like a celebration as the pairings were settled on this selection Sunday. The most-anticipated reveal of the year felt like a party again, even as they were punctuated by the unexpected return of Tom Brady to the NFL in an announcement that, just like Dick Vitale and co., began breaking the 68-team draw.
“It was a very special year because we all realized what we were missing,” said Villanova coach Jay Wright.
For the first time since 2019, teams will be spread across the country in eight cities for 48 games during the first four-day weekend of America’s unofficial Hoops holiday. Then they will move to four cities for the Sweet 16. And they will be dismantling the nets in New Orleans, where the Final Four will be held April 2-4.
A total of seven teams in the men’s tournament come from Texas, including the University of Houston and Texas Southern University.
For the women, four teams come from Texas. This year, the women’s tournament, like the men’s, will be branded as ‘March Madness’. This brace was unveiled on Sunday, just like the men’s. The #1 seeds in this one: South Carolina, Louisville, North Carolina State and Stanford.
Here’s a look at what you can see with each team.
Baylor won it all last year so they’ll try to do it again if they enter the tournament as No. 1 in the East Region. They play Norfolk State on Thursday at 1 p.m. at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth.
The Bears (26-6) are No. 1 for only the second time in program history.
As for their opponent, Norfolk State won MEAC regular-season championships and tournaments and makes its second straight trip to the NCAA tournament.
#3 Texas Tech
This is the Red Raiders’ fourth consecutive NCAA tournament berth. Your next stop is San Diego, California 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 had consistent accomplishments including a trip to the Elite 8 in 2018, a 2019 NCAA National Championship final and 2021 second round.
The Red Raiders made 19 total appearances in the NCAA tournament.
The University of Houston Cougars earned the No. 5 spot after reaching the Final Four last season, their first since 1984.
The Cougars also defeated the Memphis Tigers to take home the AAC tournament trophy.
They next meet the University of Alabama – Birmingham on Friday at 8:20 p.m. in Pittsburgh.
The Longhorns take on No. 11 Virginia Tech at 3:30 p.m. Friday, marking their 36th overall appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Texas is just one of eight schools nationwide to have competed in at least 20 of the last 23 NCAA tournaments, according to the school’s website.
#9 Texas Christian University
Friday is shaping up to be one of the premiere nights to see Texan teams in the tournament, and that includes TCU, which will take on Seton Hall at 8:57 p.m. (to be precise!).
It is the ninth tournament participation of the men’s basketball team.
TCU was recently in the tournament. This time it will be her second appearance in four postseason seasons.
The winner of that game will play Sunday’s winner, No. 1 Arizona, and either Bryant or Wright State, both No. 16.
No. 16 Texas Southern University
The tournament begins with TSU taking on Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Tuesday at 5:40 p.m. at the First Four in Dayton, Ohio
ABC13 was there when the TSU Tigers left campus for the airport. The Tigers are in after beating Alcorn State to win the SWAC Championship.
This will be TSU’s third straight First Four appearance 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 charged. I’m just ready to do it,” said senior striker John Walker, who said the strategy of the team is just playing hard.
“We don’t think anything is impossible,” Walker said.
Watch: Head Coach Johnny Jones on Why He Thinks His Team Can Go All the Way
#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 automatically qualified for the NCAA tournament after winning the Southland Conference Championship. This is the Islanders’ second NCAA tournament and their first since 2006-07.
The winner of the Corpus Christi vs. TSU duel will take on No. 1 Kansas on Thursday night in Fort Worth.
Tournament of women
This year, the women’s tournament, like the men’s, will be branded as ‘March Madness’. This brace was unveiled on Sunday, just like the men’s. The #1 seeds in this one: South Carolina, Louisville, North Carolina State and Stanford.
Baylor fell to Texas in Sunday’s Big 12 Championship final, but that didn’t stop her from earning a spot for March Madness.
Baylor meets No. 15 seeded Hawaii in a first-round game on Friday. The winner goes to a second-round game on Sunday with a sweet 16 spot on the line.
The Lady Bears have earned a top-two seed for the 11th straight season. This is their 20th NCAA tournament appearance overall, so they’re used to dancing, or should we say Texas Two-Stepping!
You’ve advanced to the Sweet 16 in the last 12 tournaments.
Texas women’s basketball met its fate in the tournament from 30,000 feet after winning the Big 12 championship over Baylor.
Like several other teams, Texas will play at home on Friday and take on Fairfield.
This will be the Longhorns’ 34th appearance overall in the NCAA tournament. That’s number 4 in NCAA Division 1 history.
They’re also on an 11-game win streak.
No. 12 Stephen. F Austin
The Ladyjacks are also tied to NCAA tournaments.
They learned Monday that they will face the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday, March 19 at 6:30pm CT in Arizona.
The Ladyjacks redeemed their ticket after beating the Grand Canyon Lopes 74-57 over the weekend and winning the 2021-22 WAC Tournament Championship.
No. 14 UT Arlington
Let’s dance, Lady Mavs.
As No. 14, UT Arlington will take on No. 3 Iowa on Friday on ESPNU.
This is UTA’s third all-time appearance in an NCAA tournament, having placed in 2005 and 2007.
And even the head coach shines.
Coach Shereka Wright was named the 2022 Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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