The Austin lineup for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from the Upper Midwest to the southern tip of Florida.
But as geographically divergent as it is, the gang of eight had one theme Monday as Austin-bound coaches and players addressed their local media: Forget the past, and concentrate on this week.
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The NCAA tournament schedule at the Erwin Center:
Friday’s second round
2-Miami (27-6) vs. 15-Pacific (22-12), 1:10 p.m. (TNT)
7-Illinois (22-12) vs. 10-Colorado (21-11), 3:40 p.m. (TNT)
3-Florida (26-7) vs. 14-Northwestern State (23-8), 6:27 p.m. (TRU)
6-UCLA (25-9) vs. 11-Minnesota (20-12), 8:57 p.m. (TRU)
Sunday’s third round
Friday afternoon winners, time TBA
Friday night winners, time TBA