Well, this is it. The thing you play all year for. An invitation to compete for the national title in the greatest championship tournament in sports.
The thing is, in many ways, your seed doesn't matter. Not really. Whether you're a #1 seed or #11, a trip to the Final Four means playing good enough basketball to beat at least two, maybe three, of the better teams in the country. Which of those teams are placed in your Regional matters more than your seed. Ask Wichita State last year. They'll tell you.
Oddly, Texas may have done itself a favor by losing to Iowa State on Thursday night. They played well enough to win -- looked like they belonged -- but were spared the grind of two additional games. Perhaps spared a critical injury. And with seemingly every other bubble team crapping the bed over the weekend, they appear not to have cost themselves a bid.
Not only that, but there stands a pretty good chance they'll avoid a play-in game, and if they do and wind up on the 11 line, their path to the Sweet 16 doesn't involve a #1 or #2 seed, either. They'd might as well be seeded #6. And hell, they may well be favored over the #6 with whom they're paired.
All that said, it's all about match ups, and for that we'll just have to wait. So long as we hear our name, though... at the end of the day, that's all that matters. We'll have a chance.
The brackets will be announced this evening at 5:00 pm CT on CBS.