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Texas Vs. Baylor: Are The Longhorns' Tourney Hopes On The Line?

Texas is certainly on the bubble for NCAA Tournament consideration, but which side is still to be determined. At 17-10 overall and 6-5 in Big 12 play entering tonight's game against Baylor, the Longhorns are without a signature win to boost their at-large resume. Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News mentions this scenario, and barring an upset against Kansas, Baylor could be Texas' last shot at an impressive win:

So the Longhorns find themselves with one more win-and-in, lose-and-out game against Baylor, which has concerns of its own. Conventional wisdom says Texas needs to beat Baylor or Kansas to have that elusive signature win to impress the selection committee, barring a Big 12 tournament run. In Texas' defense, it's a much better team now that the group that lost to North Carolina State and Oregon State in November and even better than last month. The young players seem to be responding to Rick Barnes and could be an even tougher out in the NCAA Tournament than the last couple of Texas teams.

For more on the Texas Longhorns, check out Barking Carnival and Burnt Orange Nation. Baylor news can be found at Our Daily Bears. For all your hoops news and notes, head over to SB Nation's college basketball page.

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