TCU is going to have to close the season on a run if it wants to go dancing.
The Horned Frogs, which have lost three of their last four, including an 82-66 clash at West Virginia on Monday, are currently projected to be a 9-seed in the East Region, according to Bracketology by ESPN's Joe Lunardi.
TCU, which is trending down in the last projection, would play 8-seed Louisville in Pittsburgh with the winner likely to face 1-seeded Villanova.
Jamie Dixon's program has a chance to improve on that ranking with three of their final five games coming at home (against Oklahoma State on Saturday at 7 p.m., Baylor on Feb. 24, and Kansas State on Feb. 27), and a road trip to Iowa State on Feb. 21. The Frogs end the regular season at No. 7 Texas Tech on March 3.
They'll be sweating things out, but not as much as Texas, per Lunardi. The Longhorns, losers of three straight, including a 74-73 double-overtime game to Baylor on Monday in Austin, are one of the "Last Four In" and would face UCLA in a play-in game in San Diego. The winner of that game, a 12-seed in the East, would face 5-seed Rhode Island.
The Longhorns will travel to Oklahoma on Saturday to face Trae Young a Co. The Sooners, losers of four straight, would be in as a 5-seed in the Midwest and would face 12-seed Loyola-Chicago in Boise.
Texas Tech, currently sitting atop the Big 12 at 10-3 in conference, are slated to be a 3-seed in the South. The Red Raiders would face 14-seed Belmont with the winner facing either 6-seed Miami or 11-seed Arkansas.
Other Big 12 teams projected to be in the field include West Virginia (5-seed in the South), Kansas (2-seed in the West), and Kansas State (10-seed in the East). Baylor is one of the "Final Four Out."
Texas A&M is projected to be a 7-seed in the West with a first-round game against 10-seed Virginia Tech in Wichita.