Your daily dose of Austin
Smartphone image
×
Make your inbox more Austin.
Local news and fun, every day 6am.
March Madness begins with UT as No. 3 seed in NCAA Tournament
(Texas Men's Basketball/Twitter)

With the team's first-ever Big 12 Conference title under its belt, UT men's basketball has secured a spot as the No. 3 seed in the first round of the upcoming 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.


Texas will face the East Region's No. 14 seed Abilene Christian, who are also conference champs, at 8:50 p.m. on Saturday.

This is the first time that UT has entered the tournament as a No. 3 seed or higher in over a decade and will be the team's 35th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Longhorns have now made the sixth-most NCAA Tournament appearances in the country.

While Texas' conference-winning season has been historic, they'll face the Abilene Christian Wildcats, who defeated Southland Conference foe Nicholls State in a blowout for their first-ever conference title this season. ACU has made only one other appearance in the national championship since they moved up to Division I in 2017.

Texas is coming off of a 91-86 win over Oklahoma State that saw the team ramp up its momentum to a five-game win streak. With leadership from senior guard Matt Coleman II, who scored a career-high 30 points in his final Big 12 performance, the team was able to keep the lead for the entire second half and secure their first championship win.

While Abilene Christian will need to watch out for Coleman and formidable senior forward Jericho Sims, Texas can't keep its guard down against the ultimate underdogs that have made themselves known as a threatening mid-major team.

Clocking in at seven feet tall, ACU's Kolton Kohl will keep a 6'10 Sims plenty busy in the paint, while a Wildcat defense that holds the most turnovers per game in the nation (20.26) is sure to keep the entire Longhorn offense on their toes.

Popular

Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway