The Texas Longhorns and Baylor Bears house NCAA Tournament aspirations, but for now, that’s all they are.
Each sitting at 17-12 (7-9) on the season, the Longhorns and Bears have done just enough to place themselves firmly on the NCAA Tournament bubble, but not enough to solidify an appearance entering the final week of the regular season.
That’s evident in ESPN’s latest Bracketlogy, as Joe Lunardi lists Texas and Baylor among the Last Four In, along with Louisville and USC.
Based on the current projection, the Longhorns would be pitted against the Trojans in a play-in game for the 11-seed in the West region, while the Bears would square off with the Cardinals in a play-in game for the 12-seed in the South region.
With two more regular season games and the Big 12 Tournament remaining, Texas and Baylor can each do themselves some favors by adding to the win column. Texas will visit No. 6 Kansas on Monday before hosting No. 20 West Virginia on Saturday. Baylor faces a bit less daunting road, hosting Oklahoma on Tuesday before a trip to Kansas State on Saturday.
With a current RPI of 52, Texas may be able to solidify an NCAA Tournament berth with just one more regular season win, and potentially a Big 12 Tournament victory. Baylor, on the other hand, owns an RPI of 62 after dropping back-to-back games to West Virginia and TCU, and may need to more wins before Selection Sunday to earn a bid.
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