Xavier Musketeers guard Colby Jones (3) rises for a shot as Texas Longhorns forward Timmy Allen (0) defends during the first half of a Sweet 16 college basketball game between the Xavier Musketeers and the Texas Longhorns in the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 24, 2023, at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Mo. Ncaa Xavier Texas Ncaa Sweet 16 March 24. Photo: Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer / USA TODAY NETWORK
Following their 83-71 victory over Xavier in the Sweet 16, the Texas Longhorns (29-8, 12-6 Big 12) find themselves one win away from their first berth in the NCAA Tournament's Final Four since 2003. In order to make it to Houston as one of the last four teams standing, the Longhorns will have to get past a surging Miami Hurricane team that dismantled No. 1 seed Houston 89-75 on Friday night.
The news of Dylan Disu's injury last Friday saw the hopeful emergence of Texas forward Christian Bishop, who stepped up big-time in Disu's absence. Bishop had his best game of the season, scoring 18 points and 9 rebounds in 24 minutes played against the Musketeers. Disu's status is day-to-day with a bone bruise on his foot, and he will likely not play against the Hurricanes.
When faced with adversity, Texas has found an answer to win in every game in this tournament. They will likely need to dig deep to muscle out a win over Miami team that is big, athletic and played in last season's Elite 8 game.
Miami won the ACC regular season but lost to Duke in the ACC Tournament.
Since their loss to TCU in the regular season, the Longhorns have reeled off 7 straight wins including a Big 12 Tournament Championship.
Today's game is big for both programs. Miami has never made it past the Elite 8 in program history, while the Longhorns are seeking their fourth trip to the Final Four and first in the last 20 years.
WHAT: No. 2 seed Texas Longhorns (28-8, 12-6 Big 12) vs. No. 5 seed Miami Hurricanes (28-7, 15-5 ACC)
FORMAT: 2023 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament - Elite 8
WHEN: Sunday, March 26, 2023
TIME: 4:05 PM CST
VENUE: T-Mobile Center
LOCATION: Kansas City, Missouri
LINE: Texas -5.5
SERIES/ALL-TIME RECORD: Texas leads Miami 2-1
LAST MEETING: Texas defeated Miami 75-72 (March 23, 2008 - Little Rock, AR)
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