Jan. 26, 2017
Texas Sized Bracketology
Another week passes and the bracket continues to shake. It's time for my third addition of bracketology take a look and see where your team falls! But lets specifically focus on some Texas Teams and possible tournament bids. Im gonna talk about Baylor, UT-Austin, Texas-Southern, TCU, Stephen F. Austin, UT-Arlington, SMU & Texas A&M. I will project where the top tier teams will land or if they will fall short. This will include NCAA Tournament, NIT or CIT/CBI Bids.
Baylor (22-3) (9-3 Big 12) - Baylor is currently project a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and rightfully so. They have the best Rating Percentage Index (RPI) in the country and is getting the respect not only in the polls but in the Bracketology. However there is the linger effect that Baylor struggles in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament and this held up last year as we saw #5 Seed Baylor fall to 12 seeded Yale. But this team has the potential to make serious noise in the Tournament this year.
Projection: NCAA Tournament (2 seed)
Texas (10-15) (4-8 Big 12) - Texas is struggling and continue to fall further but if they can put something together at the end a CIT/CBI bid is not out of the question however things aren't looking good for the Longhorns at this point it's gonna be quite a battle to dig out of such a hole or to win the Big 12 tournament.
Projection: No Postseason
TCU (17-8) (6-6 Big 12) - TCU is having a decent season after being projected to plunder in the Big 12 this season. TCU still has work to do if they want to make the tournament but ill say they have there work cut out for them. I think TCU is a safe bet to make some kind of Postseason tournament.
Projection: NCAA Tournament (10 seed)
Texas Southern (14-10) (10-1 SWAC) - Right now as long as Texas Southern continues to cruise through conference play they will at least get an NIT Bid but after last year's disappointing end in the conference tournament and NIT is no consolation they want to get back in the Dance and nothing less.
Projection: NCAA Tournament (16 seed)
Stephen F. Austin (13-11) (8-4 Southland) - SF Austin is having a difficult year trying to live up to the expectation of the last 4 years. But it seems of late a surge has come on to spark the team. If indeed a spark has come on SFA could still at least win the conference regular season title if not the Southland tournament.
Projection: NIT (8 seed)
SMU (22-4) (12-1 American Athletic) - SMU is having a splendid year once again. A win against #11 Cincinnati helped build a sluggish non conference schedule. SMU is in a great position to make the tournament but the quality of wins has been down compared to recent years. However SMU could still be very dangerous in the Dance.
Projection: NCAA Tournament (6 seed)
UT-Arlington (18-6) (8-3 Sun Belt) - UTA is having a historic season. They defeated Texas for the first time in program history and defeated at the time #12 St. Mary's in Non-Conference. While the Texas win does not appear to be as good as it was at the time the St. Mary win fits the bill. However a conference tournament title may be necessary to get in as UTA has a couple of rough losses in conference.
Projection: NCAA Tournament (12 seed)
Texas A&M (13-11) (5-7) - Texas A&M has had a sluggish season. They have been able to compete with high tier teams but have been unable to win any big games. Now there sitting on the rim here. A SEC Title is almost a must have to get A&M in the big dance but if A&M can plug a big win or two together down the stretch an NIT bid is not out of the question but A&M is on life support right now and needs to get it together if they want any shot at getting to the NCAA Tournament.
Projection: NIT (6 seed)