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3 things to watch vs. Cincinnati

Texas Longhorns team logo   Mar. 16, 2012 9:34 a.m. - by Steve Habel
No. 1 -- Long time, no see. Texas and Cincinnati have met only once, in a second-round game in the 1963 NCAA tournament. It was a regional semifinal when the tournament had just 25 teams. Cincinnati, two-time defending NCAA champs at the time, beat the Longhorns, 73-68, but did not win a third straight title, losing to Loyola (Illinois) in the NCAA championship game. No. 2 -- Horns have success as higher seed. UT is the 11th seed in Friday's game against 6th-seeded Cincinnati but being the lower seed rarely predicts that the Horns will struggle. UT has been the higher seed in five of their 16 wins in the NCAA tournament since 1989 and has won twice as the 11th see against a sixth seeded team. No. 3 --Brown's finale? Junior Guard J'Covan Brown has sidestepped questions about his leaving for the NBA after this season, but the Big 12's leading scorer (20.1 ppg) may opt to head for the pros sooner than later. A good performance in the NCAA tournament, be it in one game or six, may be the impetus for leaving Austin.
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