NCAA Tournament 2012: Texas Loses To Cincinnati 65-59

Texas was unable to recover from the massive hole they dug themselves in their first round game against Cincinnati, as the Bearcats experience proved too much in the game's final minutes.

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VIDEO: Texas Has Too Many Resources To Be An Average Team

The Texas Longhorns comeback attempt came up short against the Cincinnati Bearcats as they fell 65-59. The loss was not unexpected as Texas was the No. 11 seed and Cincinnati was a No. 6 seed, but the way Texas loss is what was concerning. Texas was getting blown out in the first half and had to come back from a 14-point first half deficit.

Dan Rubenstein and Bomani Jones go over the game and pondered what Texas needs to do get to the Sweet 16 which is something that they have not done in the past four NCAA Tournaments. Jones points out how far Texas has fallen since they made the Final Four in 2004 and he questions that head coach Rick Barnes has no offensive strategy. However, he does mention that Texas has too much going in their favor to be this mediocre.

For more on Texas basketball go visit Burnt Orange Nation and Barking Carnival. For more on the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stay with SB Nation's Selection Sunday StoryStream, and stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and tons of analysis on who was snubbed, who got the best bracket, and who will make it all the way to New Orleans and the Final Four.

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Texas Vs. Cincinnati Final: Furious Longhorns Comeback Falls Short

After a brutal start offensively to their first round game against Cincinnati, a furious comeback fell just short for Texas, as the Longhorns lost 65-59.

Nothing went right for Texas in the first half, as they opened the game with a 16-2 deficit. Without much scoring from their front-court, the Longhorns offense stagnated as they resorted to firing away jumpers from the perimeter.

But as has been their pattern all season, Texas mounted a furious second-half comeback led by J'Covan Brown. The junior guard didn't have the most efficient game, but he still finished with 19 points and 6 assists.

However, after getting the score tied at 52, the Longhorns inability to get easy shots in the paint came back to haunt them one final time, as they missed a series of tough three-pointers which gave the Bearcats the chance to regain control of the game.

Cincinnati, with a starting line-up that featured three juniors and two seniors, never panicked, finishing Texas behind a balanced offensive attack from their starters, who scored 59 of the team's 65 points.

For Texas, their up-and-down performance was the culmination of a season great in promise but lacking in execution, as their talent couldn't quite overcome their lack of experience.

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Texas Vs. Cincinnati Halftime Update: Longhorns Struggling To Score, Down 31-17

The Texas Longhorns couldn't hit the side of a fire station in the first half against the Cincinnati Bearcats in the second round match-up of the NCAA Tournament.

Texas scored a season-low in a half, trailing Cincinnati 31-17 and shooting 17 percent from the field. The only scoring power the Longhorns have had has come from leading-scorer J'Covan Brown who has 9 points at halftime. Yancy Gates leads the Bearcats at halftime with 8 points and 6 rebounds, on his way to a double-double performance if he stays consistent.

Texas is having all sorts of issues. Aside from not being able to shoot the ball, the Longhorns are having issues passing it and catching it as well.

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For more on the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stay with SB Nation's Selection Sunday StoryStream, and stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and tons of analysis on who was snubbed, who got the best bracket, and who will make it all the way to New Orleans and the Final Four.

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Texas Vs. Cincinnati: NCAA Tournament 2012, Game Preview

The Texas Longhorns and Cincinnati Bearcats face off in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

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NCAA Bracket 2012 Reactions: Texas May Man Up Yancy Gates

No. 6 Cincinnati presents a few matchup problems for No. 11 Texas in the two teams' Friday matchup in the Second Round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. But while Peter Bean of Burnt Orange Nation thinks that the Longhorns might go to a zone to deal with foul trouble, he suspects that Rick Barnes will stick to man defense on Yancy Gates:

I think Texas can live with a productive game from (Yancy) Gates if it does a good job preventing Cincinnati from getting easy looks from three, whether in transition or the halfcourt. Moreover, as effective as Gates can be, the one thing he doesn't do nearly as well as you'd expect is draw fouls -- as reflected in his very pedestrian 31.7 FTRate.

Given all that, I expect that a zone defense will be something that Rick Barnes retreats to if Texas finds itself in foul trouble, but that otherwise the Longhorns will do their best to defend Gates in man defense, aggressively try to deny entry passes, live with whatever he's able to score, and force Cincinnati's guards to be productive without open three pointers to shoot. As another Texas coach was fond of saying: "Dance with the one that brung ya."

For up-to-the-minute scores on all NCAA Tournament games, please check out SI.com's complete scoreboard.

For more on the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stay with SB Nation's Selection Sunday StoryStream, and stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and tons of analysis on who was snubbed, who got the best bracket, and who will make it all the way to New Orleans and the Final Four.

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March Madness 2012, Cincinnati Vs. Texas: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The No. 11 seeded Texas Longhorns are taking on the No. 11 Cincinnati Bearcats in the first game on Friday. Texas has been inconsistent this year and that is due to having six freshman on the team that see significant time. At times they can be a very good team and other times a team that looks disorientated and lost, so this game could go either way.

SB Nation's Cincinnati blog Down the Drive believes that Texas' J'Covan Brown is the key matchup in this game:

Brown on the other hand is a real threat to this team and this defense. For all the Big East battles this team has been through this year UC has yet to face a pure scorer on the order of Brown. Malik Wayns comes closest and he had 39 against UC in the first Villanova match up and he followed it up with 26 in the regular season finale. But game to game Brown is more consistent.

Over at Burnt Orange Nation they talk about how they will defend Yancy Gates and their overall defensive strategy:

... A defensive strategy centered on man defense with aggressive double-teaming of Gates is attractive and risky for many of the same reasons. It provides consistent, targeted help against Gates on the inside, limits fouls that might be drawn from guarding him one-on-one, and offers a defensive look that the Bearcats aren't used to seing. On the downside, like with a zone, it's not something our players are used to playing (even less so, in fac), it can disrupt positioning for defensive rebounding, and it leaves Texas vulnerable to open three-point shooters. And in addition to all that, it actually helps open up the lane and makes Texas more vulnerable to penetration.

Game date/time: Friday, March 16, 11:15 a.m. CT

Location: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.

TV: CBS

Radio: Longhorns Radio Network

Streaming: NCAA March Madness Live

Line: Texas (+2.5)

For more on the Texas Longhorns go visit Burnt Orange Nation and Barking Carnival. For the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stay with SB Nation's Selection Sunday StoryStream, and stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and tons of analysis on who was snubbed, who got the best bracket, and who will make it all the way to New Orleans and the Final Four.

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President Obama 2012 Bracket Predictions: Commander-In-Chief Picks Texas To Lose In First Round

The Leader of the Free World is picking the No.11-seed Texas Longhorns to go down to the No. 6-seed Cincinnati Bearcats in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. President Obama fills out his bracket every year with ESPN's Andy Katz.

Last season he picked the Kansas Jayhawks to beat the Ohio State Buckeyes in the championship game, Of course, neither team made it to the Final Four. This year's Final Four prediction by President Obama is as follows:

No.1 Kentucky Wildcats vs. No. 2 Missouri Tigers

No.1 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes

Obama admitted that he's a "sucker for North Carolina" when filling out his bracket on ESPN. Just a few upsets Obama picked were No. 10 Xavier defeating No. 7 Notre Dame in the South region on Friday and No. 11 NC State over No. 3 Georgetown in the Midwest region.

For updates on the NCAA Tournament, visit our stream at the SB Nation NCAA college basketball hub page.

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2012 NCAA Tournament Schedule: Texas Starts With Cincinnati On Friday

The Texas Longhorns (20-13) will open up their road to the Final Four with a match-up against the Cincinnati Bearcats (24-10) on Friday at 11:15 in Nashville. The Longhorns haven't experienced much luck on the road or at neutral sites this season, with a combined 5-10 record in those situations.

Texas is coming off a loss in the Big 12 conference tournament semifinals to the Missouri Tigers after a win over Iowa State in the quarterfinal match-up. The Bearcats just fell to the Louisville Cardinals in the Big East tournament championship. Cincinnati is led by Sean Kilpatrick who averages 14.3 points a game, and Yancy Gates who commands 9.2 rebounds a game.

This marks the 14th consecutive and 30th overall appearance by the Longhorns in the NCAA Tournament. UT is one of just six schools to have advanced to each of the last 14 NCAA tournaments (1999-2012).

Date/Time: Friday, March 16, 11:15 CT

TV:CBS

Bracket: Click here for SB Nation's printable NCAA Tournament bracket.

For more on the Texas Longhorns, check out Burnt Orange Nation. To read more about March Madness, visit the SB Nation college hoops hub page.

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NCAA Tournament 2012 Bracket Reaction: Texas In Good Shape Against Cincinnati

Texas is off the bubble - in a good way - and in the NCAA Tournament, with a trip to Nashville on the slate against Big East Tournament winner Cincinnati. SB Nation's Texas blog Burnt Orange Nation breaks down a Bearcats team that, despite being on the higher side of a 5/11 matchup, the once-shaky 'Horns match up extremely well against Cincy:

In many ways, Cincinnati is a lot like Texas, with similar strengths and weaknesses. Both teams share the characteristic of being good at offensive rebounding, but bad at defensive rebounding. Despite being an 11 seed, Texas actually has a somewhat higher rating than Cincinnati based on advanced rating systems such as the kenpom.com ratings or the SRS. The difference between these two teams is that during the season Cincinnati managed to win some of their close games against top teams, whereas Texas did not. Of course these wins matter, and Cincinnati has a higher seed as a result. But they probably aren't very useful in predicting what is going to happen in Nashville. This game is a coin flip, which after the season that Texas has had is about the best that you could hope for.

Fellow Texas blog Barking Carnival lauds the consistency of the program under head coach Rick Barnes, and despite the 'Horns' decline from a national title contender in recent years, the team itself is enjoying its best run in history:

More globally, this NCAA bid was about a continuation of sustained - well, if not excellence - pretty damn good-ness at Texas under Rick Barnes.

This marks:

  • Texas' 13th straight 20 win season
  • Texas' 14th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance (tied for fourth behind Kansas, Duke, Michigan St)
  • The highest sustained level of basketball success in the history of the program

Click here for a printable bracket for the 2012 NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament.

For more on the Texas Longhorns, be sure to vist Burnt Orange Nation and Barking Carnival. For news and info on March Madness, head on over to SB Nation's college basketball news hub.

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2012 NCAA Bracket: Texas Lands In East Region, Could Face Florida State

If Texas can survive their first game against Cincinnati, the East Region will be filled with challenges for a young Longhorns team who would essentially be playing with house money.

In the second round, they would face the winner of No. 3 seed Florida State and No. 14 St. Bonaventure.

The Seminoles won the ACC Tournament, beating UNC and Duke in the process, and they are one of the biggest and most athletic teams in the country. The Bonnies snuck into the NCAA Tournament with a run through the C-USA Tournament, and they're led by a potential NBA draft pick in 6'9 senior PF Andrew Nicholson.

Down-the-road, the East Regional features No. 1 seed Syracuse and No. 2 Ohio State, two of college basketball's premier programs.

For more on this matchup and the impending March Madness season, check out SB Nation's college hoops news hub. Stay tuned to SB Nation Dallas for more Longhorns recaps, previews and news updates.Brackets on the brain? Us too! Play Yahoo! Tourney Pick'em and be a part of the craziest month of college basketball. It is fun, easy, and free.

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NCAA Tournament 2012 Bracket: Texas Is An 11 Seed, Will Face Cincinnati On Friday

Texas earned a 11 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and will face Cincinnati in their first game.

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NCAA Bracket 2012: Texas To Play Cincinnati In The First Round

After landing the No. 11 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, the Texas Longhorns will be playing the sixth-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats in the first round of the East Regional.

Cincinnati had one of the most tumultuous seasons in the country this year, as they were part of an ugly brawl at the end of their non-conference game against cross-town rival Xavier on Dec. 10.

But the ensuing suspensions and media scrutiny seemed to galvanize the Bearcats, who rebounded to a 12-6 record in Big East play and a run to the Big East Conference Championship that included a victory over Syracuse.

While Cincinnati doesn't have any big-time NBA prospects, they're very balanced offensively with five players -- 6'0 juniorCashmere Wright, 6'4 sophomore Sean Kilpatrick, 6'3 senior Dion Dixon, 6'9 senior Yancy Gates and 6'3 junior JaQuon Parker -- all averaging between 9 and 14 points.

The biggest concern for Texas will be handling Gates, a powerful 260-pound big man, in the low post.

For more on the Texas Longhorns go visit Burnt Orange Nation and Barking Carnival. For the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stay with SB Nation's Selection Sunday StoryStream, and stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and tons of analysis on who was snubbed, who got the best bracket, and who will make it all the way to New Orleans and the Final Four.

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