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Bracketology: 2011 NCAA Tournament

Well, we've reached the final Saturday of the regular season in college basketball. Where does time go? Anyway, there's some pretty big games today - the last games before conference tournaments begin next week. 

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There's a few Big 12 matchups among the interesting games today - including Kansas vs. Missouri, which is just getting underway. With a win, Kansas can clinch the top-seed in the Big 12 tournament, something the Texas Longhorns had before their recent skid. If you're soulless, Duke and North Carolina play tonight on CBS as well.

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Anyway, the big matchup in the Dallas Fort-Worth area will happen tonight at 9 p.m. EST, 8 p.m. local when the Texas Longhorns head to Waco to take on the Baylor Bears. Texas has lost three of their last four contests, which will likely cost them the No. 1 seed in the Big 12 tournament as well as one of the four one-seeds in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. In Blogging the Bracket's latest tournament bracket, the Longhorns are a three seed. This is something that could change easily with a strong showing in the Big 12 tournament, but it's doubtful that Texas will regain a one seed.

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On the other side of that match up, Baylor is desperate for a win. After starting the season 7-0, the Bears have scuffled and now find themselves the owners of an 18-11 record, with a 7-8 in-conference record. In Blogging the Bracket's latest bracket, the Bears are on the outside looking in, ranked last among the "next four out." To put it simply, the Bears need a win. If they lose to the Longhorns tonight, Baylor will need to go deep into the Big 12 tournament to avoid playing in the NIT. 

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.