The Texas Longhorns and Houston Cougars, a pair of once-proud former Southwest Conference schools, will reignite their age-old rivalry on Wednesday night in the opening round of the 2013 College Basketball Invitational.
The Longhorns may not be down for long, as their top three scorers -- Myck Kabongo, Sheldon McClellan and Julien Lewis -- are just sophomores. In fact, Texas has just two seniors, and both have appeared in only four games.
The 2012-13 season marks the first in 13 years under head coach Rick Barnes that the Longhorns missed out on the NCAA Tournament, but the team has a chance to build momentum going into next season with a solid performance in the CBI.
It has been a bit longer since Houston has seen big-time success on the court. While the Cougars made it to the Big Dance as recently as 2010, they have not won a game in the tournament since the Phi Slamma Jamma days of the early-80s.
Like Texas though, Houston's most productive players are underclassmen, boding well for the team's future.
Aside from the Longhorns, the Purdue Boilermakers are the only other major-conference team participating in the CBI. Purdue hosts the Western Illinois Leathernecks, who finished with a 22-8 record, one of the better marks of any team in the tournament.
Here is the full schedule for Wednesday's slate of CBI contests:
Western Illinois Leathernecks vs. Purdue Boilermakers, 7 p.m. ET, axs.tv
North Dakota State Bison vs. Western Michigan Broncos, 7 p.m. ET
Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Wright State Raiders, 7 p.m. ET
Texas Longhorns vs. Houston Cougars, 9 p.m. ET, axs.tv
An updated CBI bracket can be found here.