Texas Has Chance to Conquer Rare March Madness Sweep

Texas Has Chance to Conquer Rare March Madness Sweep
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The University of Texas enters the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Tournaments with the third-best odds to do what hasn’t been done since 2014 when the University of Connecticut men and women completed their second national championship sweep. The Huskies first did it in 2004.

The Longhorns men, 26-8 and the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region, open the NCAA Tournament against No. 15 seed Cornell at 6:25 p.m. Thursday in Des Moines, Iowa. The Texas women, 25-9 and the No. 4 seed in the Seattle 4 Region, are hosting No. 13 seed East Carolina at 9 p.m. on March 18 at the Moody Center in Austin.

BetTexas.com utilized DraftKings Sportsbook to calculate the likelihood of Texas sweeping March Madness. Texas’ dual title odds at +91400 rank behind UConn and Indiana among schools in both tournaments.

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Men’s, Women’s March Madness Title Odds

School Men’s Title Odds Women’s Title Odds Parlay
Odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook.

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Texas Teams Won Big 12 Titles in 2023

The Longhorns men could meet rivals Texas A&M in the second round and No. 1 seed Houston in the region final. Texas finished second in the Big 12’s regular season, but conquered Kansas at the Big 12 tournament in a 76-56 blowout. It was a school-record ninth victory over a ranked opponent, second over the No. 3 Jayhawks in a week and senior forward Dylan Disu was named the Big 12 Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

The Texas women, who would host the winner of No. 5 seed Louisville and No. 12 seed Drake in the second round, won their first Big 12 regular-season title since 2003-04 with a 14-4 record to tie with Oklahoma. The Longhorns nearly added the tournament crown, but fell to Iowa State 61-51 in the final. Vic Shaefer, the Big 12 Coach of the Year, led Texas to the Elite Eight in his first two seasons.

UConn, Indiana’s Paths to Two Titles

The Hoosiers women, 27-3 and Big Ten regular-season champions, are the Greenville 2 Region’s No. 1 seed. They’ll have to get by No. 2 seed Utah or No. 3 seed LSU. If they can do that, their possible Final Four foe could be UConn.

The Huskies women, 29-5 and winners of the Big East regular season and tournament, are the Seattle 3 Region’s No. 2 seed, and Virginia Tech is the No. 1 seed.

Meanwhile, the UConn men (25-8) are the West Region’s No. 4 seed and top-seed Kansas looms as a Sweet 16 foe. The Indiana men (22-11) are the Midwest Region’s No. 4 seed, so the Hoosiers could be an Elite Eight opponent for the Longhorns.

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Douglas Pils has been a sports journalist for 30 years in Texas, Arkansas and New York having worked for the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press, The Dallas Morning News and Newsday. He most recently ran the Student Media Department at Texas A&M for eight years.

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