MILWAUKEE (AP) - Rick Barnes and Herb Sendek go way back. All the way to a 1978 basketball camp at the University of Pittsburgh.
Now they get to coach against each other for the second time in the NCAA tournament.
Barnes returns to college basketball's marquee event after Texas had a difficult season a year ago. On the other sideline is Sendek, who has Arizona State in the tourney for the first time since 2009.
Barnes had Sendek on his staff at Providence for one season, and the two coached against each other for years in the Atlantic Coast Conference when Barnes was at Clemson and Sendek in charge at North Carolina State.
Thursday's game in the Midwest Regional is their first meeting in the NCAA tournament since Texas beat N.C. State in the round of 32 in 2006.
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