2 Texas teams to kick off NCAA tournament in Fort Worth
FORT WORTH, Texas (KETK) – After four days of anticipation since tryout Sunday, the NCAA Tournament is finally ready to announce the full return of fans for the first time in three years.
The Fort Worth Regional, hosted by TCU at Dickies Arena, is the latest to begin at four venues Thursday.
Two Texas teams will be in action on Thursday: No. 1 seed Baylor (against Norfolk State) and No. 16 seed Texas Southern (against Kansas), which is coming off its first victory Tuesday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Dayton, Ohio.
Baylor arrives as the defending national champion and is heavily favored not only to advance Thursday, but many have them in a potential Final Four rematch with Gonzaga in two weeks.
Texas Southern arrives hoping to shock the country; a single 16-seeded won in the first round. It was done by UMBC in 2018 on the No. 1 seed Virginia Cavaliers.
Below is a live action blog throughout the day as America fully welcomes one of its most coveted sporting events.
Not many goals in the last few minutes. Baylor leads 37-20 with just over three minutes left in the first half.
Baylor leads 34-18 in the Under-8 media timeout. Norfolk State is doing its best to hang out.
Baylor have been hot for three to start the game, shooting 5 of 7 from beyond the arc. The Bears were soon in trouble, however. They lead Norfolk State 21-10 in the Under-12 media timeout.
Baylor leads Norfolk State 11-5 in the first media timeout. 3:16 p.m. remaining in the first half.
Joe Wright gets the first points for Norfolk State with a 3. 5-3 Baylor about two and a half minutes.
Great moment as Adam Flagler recovers his second foul less than three minutes into the game.
The game has officially started. Baylor wins the first tip.
The first points of the game are a 3-pointer from Adam Flager of Baylor.
Both teams returned to the court. Presentations start now.
Warm-ups are over. The national anthem has been played and now both teams return to their respective locker rooms.
10 minutes later and the arena’s eyes are on the jumbotron as the Michigan-Colorado State game heats up. Wolverines looking for the first upset of the tournament.
A little over 30 minutes until the denunciation. Fans take their seats. Currently, Baylor represents about 80% of the fans between the two teams.
We are one hour away from the denunciation for Baylor v. Norfolk State. Already buzzing in the arena about South Dakota State with Purdue.
Fans begin to flock to the arena. Baylor fans are already showing up in droves thanks to the fact that Waco is only a 90-minute drive from Dickies Arena.
Fans from Kansas and North Carolina were also seen stalking outside and even entering to see the early games.
The ground is open to members of the media for pre-game activities. The maintenance people carry out last minute checks on the game and the shot clock.
Fans of nearly every team playing Thursday are already stalking the parking lots around Dickies Arena. Baylor and Norfolk State denounce in two hours.