Tech grabs a 3 seed, six other Texas schools make NCAA Tournament

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The Texas Tech Red Raiders, in just their second season under coach Chris Beard, were awarded a three-seed in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament as announced on Sunday.

Texas Tech is in the East Region and will face Stephen F. Austin, which won the Southland Conference Tournament over Southeastern Louisiana.

The Red Raiders and Lumberjacks will square off at the American Airlines Center in Dallas on Thursday.

Two more Texas schools are in the West Region with Houston grabbing a six seed after falling in the American Athletic Conference title game on Sunday to Cincinnati.

The Cougars play San Diego State in the first round.

Texas A&M had a rocky season, but made the tournament as a seven seed and will face Providence.

If the Aggies win, it would most likely mean a date with two seed North Carolina in Charlotte.

"To go through this season and what we went through as a team, to re-group and get it back together and say we still have a chance to do this the right way. it's incredible," A&M forward Tyler Davis said.

"Some teams don't have that kind of resolve, but we did and it's a new season. We understand that. It's a new opportunity."

The Oklahoma Sooners made a surprise appearance in the bracket. Oklahoma has lost 11 of its last 15 games, but received a 10 seed and will face Rhode Island in the first round.

TCU is the six seed in the Midwest Region, and faces the winner between the Arizona State-Syracuse play-in game.

The Texas Longhorns the South Region's 10 seed and will play Nevada in the first round. It is head coach Shaka Smart's second NCAA Tournament appearance with the Longhorns.

Texas Southern earned an automatic bid by winning the SWAC, and will battle North Carolina Central in a play-in game.

Seven teams from the Lone Star State made the tournament.

Some of the biggest snubs included 23-11 USC, and Middle Tennessee, which won more true road games than anyone else.

Notre Dame was knocked out of the field when Davidson won the Atlantic-10 Conference title, taking away a spot.

Oklahoma State beat Oklahoma and Kansas twice this season, but was also left out of the NCAA Tournament.

Baylor also did not make the field, but is a one seed in the NIT.

First round games begin Thursday with the second round wrapping up on Sunday.

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