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Texas Longhorns NCAA Tournament History, Notable Facts

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The Texas Longhorns have a long history in the NCAA Tournament. Here we dive into that history and other notable facts about the Longhorns’ appearances in March Madness.

Texas Longhorns

NCAA Tournament Appearances: 1939, 1943, 1947, 1960, 1963, 1972, 1974, 1979, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2021.

Final Four Appearances: 1943, 1947, 2003

National Championship Game Appearances: None.

National Titles: None. (Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta Champions in 1933).


Remember This About Texas in the NCAA Tournament

The Premo-Porretta Championship: Before the NCAA began holding its national championship tournament in 1939, the national champion in college basketball was determined by polls. The Longhorns’ only national title came in 1933, when the Longhorns ended the season No. 1 in the Premo-Porretta Poll. This was the predecessor to the Associated Press poll. Texas went 22-1 in 1932-33 and finished the season No. 1 in the poll, leading to claiming that poll’s national crown. It is not recognized by the NCAA.   

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The 1940s Final Fours: When the NCAA Tournament was smaller, it only took a win or two to get to the Final Four. So, in both 1943 and 1947, the Longhorns needed just one victory to reach the Final Four. In 1943 the Longhorns defeated Washington, 59-55, in the Elite Eight. From there, the Longhorns lost to Wyoming, 58-54, in the Final Four. Wyoming won the national title over Georgetown. In 1947, the Longhorns got some revenge, defeating Wyoming, 42-40, in the Elite Eight. Then, in the Final Four, the Longhorns lost to Oklahoma, 55-54. Texas did play another game, facing City College of New York in the third-place game and winning, 54-50.


Shooting ‘Blanks’: The 1990 Texas team was one of the most exciting in the program’s history and re-energized the program under head coach Tom Penders. That team reached the Elite Eight, making them the first Texas team do so since that 1947 team. The Longhorns, as a No. 10 seed, defeated Georgia, 100-88, in the first round; Purdue, 73-72, in the second round; and Xavier, 102-89, in the Sweet 16. Armed with two of the best 3-point shooters in the college game that year, Travis Mays and Lance Blanks, the Longhorns even had homecourt advantage in the Elite Eight, with the game played at Dallas’ Reunion Arena. But, the Longhorns couldn’t overcome their then-Southwest Conference rival, Arkansas, losing 88-85. The Runnin’ Horns were one of the best stories of that tournament.

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