Although No. 14 Texas will begin their postseason in familiar surroundings, they will face a team that could be a mirror image of themselves on a slightly smaller scale.
No.14-seeded Central Arkansas, the Southland Conference Tournament Champion, enters Friday afternoon's First Round matchup with a 17-game winning streak in tow.
The Sugar Bears and Longhorns meet for the first time, with tipoff set for 1:30 pm following the matchup between 6th-seeded North Carolina State and 11th-seeded Auburn.
Central Arkansas (25-4) won their second consecutive SLC title by steamrolling Stephen F. Austin 60-35 in the final on Sunday.
Texas, the prohibitive favorite to advance into next weekend's Sweet 16, hasn't played since March 5 after they lost to eventual Big 12 tournament champion West Virginia in the conference semi-finals 62-59.