Texas Teams Shut Out of March Madness

For the first time since 1977, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament won't include a single team from Texas.
Sun March 17, 2013 11:30 am
Desmond Haymon stands by his bench as Northwestern State players celebrate after the Southland Conference men's tournament title match-up Saturday, March 16, 2013. Northwestern State won 68-66 in the NCAA college basketball game.
AP | David J. Phillip
On Friday the University of Texas at Austin will play host to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament for the first time in eight years. But what you may not see on the court at the Frank Erwin Center is a single team from Texas.

That includes UT. Under NCAA rules, host teams don’t play at their own arena, but the 16-17 Longhorns won’t be in the tournament at all this season, breaking a streak of fourteen consecutive appearances for head coach Rick Barnes. (Before the season’s final home game against Baylor, Mike Finger, who

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