Southland champs Abilene Christian upset No.3 seed Texas Longhorns the Big 12 champs 53-52.
The 2021 NCAA Tournament has had no shortage of bracket busters and now add Abilene Christian (24-4) to that list as the No.14 seed Wildcats knocked off the heavily favoured Texas Longhorns (19-8) in their opening round matchup.
Despite the two schools being separated by just over 200 miles, this was the first time Abilene Christian had ever faced Texas in a game. Mainly because, the Wildcats only became a D1 school prior to the 2013-14 season.
Abilene Christian under head coach Joe Golding have won back-to-back Southland Conference championships mainly behind their stellar defense which is ranked No.5 in all of college basketball allowing just 60.2 points per game.
The defense was key in the victory over Texas because they didn’t make a single shot in the final 3:30 and committed 2 turnovers but still pulled out the victory 53-52.
Abilene Christian is making just its second appearance in March Madness after falling in the first round to No. 2 Kentucky back in 2019.
The Wildcats will move on to face No.11 seed UCLA who upset BYU in their opening round matchup.