NCAA Tournament 2012 Bracket: Texas Is An 11 Seed, Will Face Cincinnati On Friday

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 09: Myck Kabongo #12 of the Texas Longhorns controls the ball in the first half against the Missouri Tigers during the semifinals of the 2012 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 9, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Texas earned a 11 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and will face Cincinnati in their first game.

The 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket and field has been announced, and the Texas Longhorns have made the field of 68 for the 14th consecutive time under Rick Barnes. They will receive an 11 seed in the East Region. Texas' first opponent will be the Cincinnati Bearcats, and the two teams will meet on Friday March 16 in Nashville, Tennessee. If Texas wins their first matchup, they will face the winner of No. 3 Florida State and No. 14 St. Bonaventure on Sunday, March 18.

After being on the bubble for most of the last three months, the Longhorns earned the 11 with a 9-9 record in conference play and put themselves over the top by defeating Iowa State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament.

Here's a look at the East Region of the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket:

No. 1 Syracuse vs. No. 16 UNC-Asheville (Friday)

No. 8 Kansas State vs. No. 9 Southern Miss (Friday)

No. 5 Vanderbilt vs. No. 12 Harvard (Friday)

No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 Montana (Friday)

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Loyola, MD (Friday)

No. 7 Gonzaga vs. No. 10 West Virginia (Friday)

No. 3 Florida State vs. No. 14 St. Bonaventure (Friday)

No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 Texas (Friday)

For more on the Texas Longhorns, visit Burnt Orange Nation. Click here for a link to our NCAA bracket 2012.

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