Texas was supposed to contend for a Big 12 and even possibly an NCAA title this season; instead, it barely sneaked into the NCAA Tournament field. Butler, on the other hand, was supposed to struggle this season, but instead won 22 games. Now the Longhorns, who are 0-3-1 against the spread in their last four Round of 64 games, take on the Bulldogs, who are 8-1 in their last nine Round of 64 contests, in the Midwest Region on Thursday afternoon.
Texas went just 8-10 in the Big 12 this season, finishing in a tie for sixth place. The 'Horns lost four in a row in January, and four more in a row in February, but wins over Baylor and Kansas State to finish the regular season and a victory over Texas Tech in the conference tournament were apparently enough for an at-large bid to the Dance. Texas then blew a 10-point lead in the final minutes and lost to Iowa State last Thursday on a bucket at the buzzer, and in some minds enters this NCAA Tournament as one of the least-deserving teams to qualify.