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NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch: Texas Avoids Opening Round

The 2011-12 Texas Longhorns basketball team has been an up and down squad ever since Big 12 play began. Currently there are sitting at 7-6 but Texas has won their last four games, and with that streak they are putting themselves in position to make the NCAA tournament.

Right now Texas is barely in the field according to the latest Bubble Watch over at SB Nation. Texas avoids the opening round but they are the last team to make it to the round of 64.

There is still a lot of work to be done if Texas wants to move to the right side of the NCAA tournament bubble. Their lofty RPI which is in the top-40 is going to keep them in the discussion, but Texas is 2-6 against the RPI top-50 with their best win being against the Temple Owls who currently have an RPI rating of 18.

Texas has chances over the last two weeks of conference play to earn quality wins when they play the Baylor Bears and Kansas Jayhawks, but Texas needs to concentrate on not stumbling against the other games on their schedule whose RPI are 100 and higher.

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