Just a week after many penciled in the Longhorns as a "Last Four In", and a team with a ticket to the play-in games in Dayton, national analysts Andy Glockner of CNNSI.com and Joe Lunardi of ESPN.com have Texas safely into the 2012 NCAA Tournament field.
The change was a combination of the Longhorns taking care of business in a big way against an NCAA team in Iowa State in the Big 12 Tournament, and several other bubble teams failing to do the same. Glockner, in particular, has lamented the "weak" bubble this year, which could help teams such as the Longhorns (20-13, 9-9, RPI: 50, SOS 18) to be seeded ahead of where they might normally be.
Glockner has the Longhorns as a No. 11 seed in the Midwest Regional, opening off the tournament with Conference USA champion Memphis, a No. 6 seed. Glockner has Texas listed in his "Safely In" category, stating "in a week where practically everyone fell flat, the Horns added to their profile."
Lunardi has the same matchup — Texas vs. Memphs, Texas being a No. 11 seed and Memphis a No. 6 — but has it occurring in the East Regional.
So the consensus seems to be that the Longhorn victory over Iowa State was enough to put Texas in, and enough to make the Longhorns a No. 11 seed. And once the dance starts, it's anybody's game.