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2012 Bracketology: Texas Improves Bubble Standing With Iowa State Win

The Texas Longhorns look to be safe - for now.

The 'Horns entered the 2012 Big 12 Tournament as the No. 6 seed, and pulled a much needed upset of No. 3 seeded Iowa State on Thursday night, 71-65. SB Nation's bracketology predicts that the 'Horns win, combined with key losses by Washington and Northwestern among others, put Texas firmly in the field of 68.

In other predictions, CBS' Jerry Palm has Texas in the field but safely out of the "last four in" designation, playing as a No. 11 seed against No. 3 Georgetown in the South regional. ESPN's Joe Lunardi isn't as confident - he has Texas as the very last team of 68 in the NCAA Tournament field, just above Seton Hall, Tennessee and Oregon.

Texas could all but erase any doubt of its Tournament worthiness by beat Missouri in the Big 12 Tournament on Friday. The 28-4 Tigers are likely slated for a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and the RPI boost from beating Mizzou would likely push UT well into the safest part of the infamous bubble.

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