Heck, most of its current players were barely born in 1998.
Now, 20 years later, the Horned Frogs are getting another chance to compete. In fact, seven Texas schools have qualified for the “Big Dance.” That’s the most ever.
“I could see the genuine excitement in our guys, and they know they’ve accomplished something, but at the same time, we know we have a lot to do here going forward,” said coach Jamie Dixon.
Dixon’s only in his second year at the helm of the school, which he once played for in the 1980s. TCU will take on the winner of Arizona State and Syracuse on Friday night in Detroit.
— TCU Basketball (@TCUBasketball) March 11, 2018
Here's the schedule for rest of the Texas teams:
- Texas Southern is in its fourth NCAA tournament in five years. The Tigers face North Carolina Central in one of the play-in games in Dayton, Ohio. Both are 16 seeds. (Wednesday, 5:40 p.m.)
- Houston hasn't been to the Big Dance since 2010 -- and it hasn't won a tournament game since a string of three straight Final Fours ended in 1984. The resurgent Cougars take on San Diego State in Wichita, Kansas (Thursday, 6:20 p.m.).
- Texas Tech is the highest-seeded Lone Star team, and the No. 3 seed headlines an all-Texas matchup at against Stephen F. Austin at the American Airlines Center in Dallas (Thursday, 6:27 p.m.). The AAC hosts second- and third-round games on Thursday and Saturday.
- Texas A&M and Texas also play on the same day -- just not against each other. The premiere in-state rivalry has fizzled a bit since A&M bolted for the Southeastern Conference in 2012. And the only way they'll face off this time is if both make the Final Four -- a serious Lone Star long shot. A&M plays Providence in Charlotte (Friday, 11:15 a.m.). UT takes on Nevada in Nashville (Friday, 3:30 p.m.).
No matter which school you root for, there’s no shortage of Texas teams to cheer on in this year’s March Madness. Just hope that one of them won’t be the team to bust your bracket.