Amidst the countless disappointing losses and concern that Texas will find themselves on the outside looking in come March Madness, the best in the business of projecting the NCAA Tournament bracket, Joe Lunardi, has the Longhorns slotted with a 9-seed in his most recent edition of Bracketology.
Texas was seen as an 8-seed in Lunardi’s two previous Bracketology updates, so it should come as a tremendous sign of optimism that the Horns’ only fell one seed after dropping back-to-back games to No. 17 Oklahoma and No. 14 Iowa State.
Given where Lunardi has Texas sitting at this point, anything outside of a complete collapse and an inability to register even one more win on the season should allow the Longhorns to hear their name called on Selection Sunday. Texas will conclude its regular season with road games against No. 23 West Virginia and No. 8 Kansas before heading to Austin and closing out with No. 20 Baylor and Kansas State. Texas has beaten the Mountaineers and Wildcats in their first meetings of the season, but fell to Kansas and Baylor by double digits.
Rick Barnes and his Longhorns should feel extremely fortunate to still have such consideration with how this season has shaped up as of late. This certainly isn't where you would expect someone to seed a team that's lost eight of their last 13 games.