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.
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Despite a 2-0 deficit, there was a pot of gold for Austin FC after all as it celebrated its annual Pride Night with rainbows and a 2-2 comeback draw to FC Dallas Saturday night.
After three FC Dallas losses last season, the Dallas derby draw marks the first time Austin FC has tied against its Copa Texas rival. Austin continues to edge over FC Dallas as it sits at 3rd in the MLS West.
Here are the biggest takeaways from the match:
A somber start
Decked out in colorful hues for LBGTQ+ Pride, Verde fans started the match on a somber note as they held up banners to take a stand against gun violence before the match.
As the national anthem began, fans held up banners with the names of each child that was killed in the Uvalde school shooting and a plea to "end gun violence."
The supporters' section was also dotted with Pride flags and a "Bans off Our Bodies" banner in protest of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
FC Dallas earns a 2-0 lead
That sober tone continued onto the pitch. With midfielder Daniel Pereira's absence due to a red card, the Verde and Black lost two goals to FC Dallas by the 70th minute of play.
FC Dallas played it sneaky for the first half of the match, giving Austin FC plenty of room to hold possession as it waited to strike on a Verde error. That mentality proved dangerous for Austin as Dallas' Paul Arriola took advantage of Brad Stuver's deflection to score the first goal of the night in the 57th minute of play.
Dallas struck once more as Brandon Servant pushed past the Verde line to score the second goal of the match.
Austin FC strikes back
But energy quickly returned to Austin's favor thanks to Designated Player Sebastian Driussi, who scooted past several FC Dallas defenders alongside Moussa Djitte to snag an unlikely first goal for Austin.
A full Verde comeback
Austin's subs proved deadly as momentum returned to the home team toward the end of the match. A well-placed cross from Nick Lima—and a diving header from a fresh-legged Danny Hoesen—helped the team secure the draw with a second Verde goal in the 84th minute of play.
Hoesen, who was Austin's first starting striker last season, has now scored two goals with the team after a yearlong injury stuck him on the bench.
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Hours following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark ruling that guaranteed a constitutional right to an abortion, on Friday, about 1,000 people gathered in Republic Square with signs calling for change.
The rally, organized by the group Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights Texas, started at the federal courthouse on Republic Square on Friday at 5 p.m. before the crowd marched to the Texas Capitol. More protests are expected to ensue over the weekend.
People showed up with all types of signs like Mindy Moffa holding up, "Keep your filthy laws off my silky drawers."
Austin joined cities across the country that saw protests for a women's right to an abortion after the ruling.
According to a recent UT poll, 78% of Texas voters support abortion access in most cases.
Sabrina Talghade and Sofia Pellegrini held up signs directed at Texas laws. A Texas trigger law will ban all abortions from the moment of fertilization, starting 30 days after the ruling. When state legislators passed the trigger law last summer, it also passed laws for more protection of firearms, including the right to open carry without a permit.
Lili Enthal of Austin yells as around 1,000 Texans marched to the Texas Capitol.
From the Texas Capitol, Zoe Webb lets her voice be heard against the Supreme Court ruling.
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