After another heartbreaking loss, this time to the Colorado Buffaloes, the Texas Longhorns have firmly separated themselves from the #1 seed talk and have fallen all the way to seventh in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls. With very little time left in the regular season, it’s looking more and more like the Longhorns will have to win the Big 12 Conference tournament and get some help to move up to the #1 seed line again. Ohio State and Kansas are 1 and 2 in the polls, and even BYU has moved ahead of Texas in both polls.
Texas A&M’s loss to Baylor also knocked them down a few pegs in the polls. In the AP poll, they fell to 24th, and they fell to 22nd in the ESPN/USA Today poll. They were 21st and 17th, respectively, last week. Texas A&M is still projected to nab a #6 seed in the tourney according to most in the bracket business.
No Conference USA team is particularly close to the Top 25 at this point, in fact, none of them even got votes. Currently Memphis and UAB are the two CUSA teams making particular noise to get into the tournament. Both Houston and Rice would have to win the Conference USA Tournament to make the field at this point. Texas Southern has clinched the top seed in the SWAC Conference Tournament, and would join Texas and Texas A&M in the NCAA Tourney if they can take care of business against their conference foes.