Mar 20, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Texas Longhorns players swarm center Cameron Ridley (55) after the game winning shot during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament against the Arizona State Sun Devils at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Plays Michigan for a Chance to Get to the Sweet 16

Texas hung on. They made shots down the stretch. And they face #2 seed Michigan today.

The Wolverines will be tough. Nik Stauskas is a fantastic offensive player, Caris Lavert is a spectacular defender and a force going to the basket, and their bench and role supporting players are great as well.

But this is the tournament. Anyone can win. Anything can happen. So you have to give the Texas Longhorns, led by senior guard Javan Felix and now famous, Cameron Ridley, a shot.

The Longhorns’ ball movement will keep them in the game. The fact that the Longhorns are the 4th best rebounding team will keep them in the game. And most of all, the coaching performance by one, Rick Barnes will keep them in the game.

After Texas’s win on Thursday, and even before the tournament, many people would doubt the Longhorns in this game. They’d say Texas was too young, or didn’t have enough fire power. And that just adds more fuel to the fire.

Mar 20, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Texas Longhorns center Cameron Ridley (55) blocks a shot by Arizona State Sun Devils guard Jermaine Marshall (34) during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Texas is determined. Rick Barnes and the team has the “want” and will give the effort needed to get the job done today. Question is, will it be enough?

I don’t know if it will, but I do know that contrary to popular belief, this will be a game that comes down to the wire. If Texas can force the Wolverines to turn it over and play lackadaisically, they will be in it, and they’ll put the pressure on Michigan.

And then underdog mentally will take over, and there is nothing better than the underdog mindset that takes place between teams in March.

So make sure to tune in to CBS at 5:15 E.T. to catch the Longhorns in their quest to get to the Sweet 16.

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