3 teams Texas basketball doesn't want in their NCAA Tournament region

Texas basketball could have a difficult path ahead if it faced any of these three teams in the NCAA Tournament.
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In the latest Bracketology from ESPN, the No. 19 Gonzaga Bulldogs were projected to be a seven seed in the East Region.

It feels like Gonzaga is being disrespected quite a bit if it is ranked No. 19 in the latest AP Poll and in the top 20 of the most recent Coaches Poll and still isn't getting at least a five or six-seed in the NCAA Tournament. KenPom rates head coach Mark Few and the Zags even higher than the major polls.

Gonzaga ranks 15th nationally in adjusted efficiency and 11th in offensive efficiency.

This Bulldogs team is firing on all cylinders lately. If the Longhorns were to somehow fall to a nine or 10-seed in the NCAA Tournament and get matched up with Gonzaga in the Round of 64, that would put a big damper on Texas's postseason hopes to make it back to the Sweet 16.

Gonzaga has won eight consecutive, including two against top 25 opponents. It's worth noting that both of Gonzaga's top 25 wins in the last few weeks came on the road against the No. 17 Kentucky Wildcats and No. 17 Saint Mary's (CA) Gaels.

During this long winning streak, Gonzaga is averaging well over 85 points per game on nearly 54 percent shooting from the field and 37 percent from beyond the arc.

Gonzaga's ability to score the basketball from multiple levels of the floor and its ability to rebound at a high level would be a bad matchup for the Longhorns. The Zags rank 12th nationally in total rebounding percentage and in the top 40 in offensive rebounding percentage.

Few and the Bulldogs have big forwards, namely junior Graham Ike and senior Aaron Watson, who are averaging over 30 points per game combined who could make the Longhorns pay on the offensive end.