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Bracketology: Longhorns' Shot At No. 1 Seed In Doubt

The fifth-ranked Texas Longhorns aren't going to be fifth-ranked for long. Texas squandered a 22 point lead in Colorado today, losing 91-89 to the Buffaloes, dropping the Longhorns to 24-5. Headed into this game, the Longhorns were on track to receive one of the four No. 4 seeds in the latest predictive bracket by SB Nation. 

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That same predictive bracket had Duke, currently the top-ranked team in all the land, as two seed - something that seems pretty unlikely for two reasons. First, if they're the No. 1 team headed into the NCAA Tournament, there's almost no way they'd be a two-seed, regardless of their strength of schedule, RPI, etc. Secondly, it's Duke, and the media is in love with Duke.

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The Longhorns claim to a No. 1 seed is likely gone with their loss to Colorado. How far they'll drop in the rankings is unknown, but the loss should be enough to ensure they'll take home a two-seed come tourney time. Of course, if Kansas, Ohio State, Duke, Pittsburgh et al drop some of their final regular season contests and have poor showings in their conference tournaments, Texas could sneak back into the picture. They'd have to play well in the Big 12 tournament, which is certainly reasonable as well, but it's seemingly unlikely.

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A two-seed for Texas is much more likely and nothing to sneeze at.

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