TCU’s invitation to the “Big Dance” hasn’t exactly been sign, sealed, or delivered just yet.
The Frogs, which fell to Vanderbilt 81-78 on Saturday in Nashville, are now a No. 8 seed in the East Region, according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi.
That would put TCU up against 9-seed Arkansas in Pittsburgh with the winner taking on either No. 1 Villanova or the winner of a play-in game between New Orleans and North Carolina A&T.
TCU, which was previously a No. 7 seed in last week’s Bracketology, isn’t the only team from the state trending downward.
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The Longhorns, despite winning two in a row, are trending the wrong way as a No. 10-seed in the East. Shaka Smart’s program would take on No. 7 Nevada, a team the Frogs beat by four on Dec. 9, in Nashville.
Texas A&M, which has lost two straight and seven of its last nine, is one of Lunardi’s “Last Four Byes” and is a No. 11-seed in the Midwest Region. The Aggies would play No. 6 Miami in Dallas with the winner playing either No. 3 Oklahoma or No. 14 Belmont.
The top seeds at the moment are Villanova (East), Virginia (South), Kansas (West) and Purdue (Midwest).
In addition to TCU, Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas, the other Big 12 teams projected to make the NCAA Tournament are Kansas State (11-seed in West), West Virginia (4-seed in South), and Texas Tech (5-seed in Midwest).
SMU, one of the “Last Four in,” is projected as a No. 11-seed in the West and would be matched up with 11-seed Syracuse in a play-in game with the winner playing 6-seed Creighton in San Diego.
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