NCAA Bracket Update: Texas Fights Off Oakland Rally To Advance, 85-81

Oakland made a late run at scoring a March Madness upset, but Texas had built enough of an advantage to come away with a 85-81 win. The Golden Grizzlies trailed by as many as 15 in the final five minutes before storming within five with just over a minute to go. Cory Joseph and J'Covan Brown hit some clutch free throws to maintain the distance, but the Longhorns NCAA Tournament run was looking perilous for a moment.

Brown led Texas with 21 points, with Oakland's Reggie Hamilton leading all scorers with 25. Hamilton and Keith Benson, along with Texas' Jordan Hamilton and Tristan Thompson, finished with double-doubles.

Texas will move on to play either Arizona or Memphis on Sunday. The Horns have been a popular upsettee (sp?) pick in either this round or the next, with both Oakland and Arizona looking very enticing.

For more on this game, Texas fans should visit Burnt Orange Nation and SB Nation Dallas, and Oakland fans should head to Mid Major Madness.

Here's the updated look at the West region of the 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket.

No. 1 Duke vs. No. 16 Hampton, March 18 at 3:10 pm ET on truTV

No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 9 Tennessee, March 18 at 12:40 on truTV

No. 5 Arizona vs. No. 12 Memphis, March 18 at 2:45 on CBS

No. 4 Texas defeats No. 13 Oakland, March 18 at 12:15 on CBS

No. 2 San Diego State defeats No. 15 Northern Colorado, 68-50

No. 7 Temple defeats No. 10 Penn State, 66-64

No. 3 UConn defeats No. 14 Bucknell, March 17 at 7:20 on TNT

No. 6 Cincinnati defeats No. 11 Missouri, 81-52

 

March Madness resources: Printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket ... Full 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule.

 
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