Texas may be more well-known for football than basketball but the state also has a proud hoops tradition. That’s what makes this nugget about the 2013 NCAA Tournament so surprising: there are no Lone Star entrants in the field.
That’s right. Out of all 68 teams in the Big Dance, there are none from the second-most populous state in the country. That hasn't happened since 1977. Stephen F. Austin came close to earning a berth but lost 68-66 to Northwestern State in the Southland Conference title game. The Lumberjacks failed to receive an at-large bid as well. Prairie View A&M and Texas-Arlington also made it to their respective conference championship contests only to lose. Baylor – which has made two trips to the Elite Eight in the last three years – was also a no-show. Texas matched a tournament record by sending seven teams to the Dance three years ago. But nothing in 2013. And how’s this for an ironic twist: second and third round games will be played in Austin while the South Regional Finals will take place at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
Moving to the next level, the Heat tied the second-longest winning streak in NBA history with their 22nd victory in a row. Miami pulled away from Toronto in the fourth quarter and beat the Raptors 108-91.
And in NFL free agency news, former number one overall pick Jake Long is headed to Saint Louis. The offensive tackle was a Pro Bowl starter in his first four seasons with the Dolphins.