With Texas at this time of year, the ghosts of NCAA Tournament losses are never, ever far away.
There are too many recent disappointments, too many early exits to ever feel comfortable. So even when Texas hit its first six shots, or got unexpected offense from its guards or built a 14-point lead, the foreshadowing refused to go away.
Then center Cameron Ridley grabbed a loose ball off the court, banked it off the glass left-handed, and Texas had an 87-85 win over Arizona State in a game with 10 lead changes. The Texas players and bench erupted in a celebration of an opening NCAA win that might have been mixed with relief.
Texas (24-10) advances to Saturday’s round of 32 and faces Midwest second-seed Michigan (26-8), which turned back 15th seed Wofford, 57-40, in the other evening game at the Bradley Center. The Wolverines may not be the team that went to the NCAA title game last year but still have Nik Stauskas and Glen Robinson III as key returnees.
Texas hasn’t advanced to the...