Wake Forest and Providence, two teams that Texas beat earlier in the season, are just behind the Horns at No. 11 and 12, respectively in the coaches' poll and No. 11 and 13, respectively, in the AP rankings.
ESPN.com's weekly Bracketology has Texas projected as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tourney (sent to the subregional in Kansas City) for the second week in a row. Oklahoma State slipped to a No. 3 following its 1-1 week. Whichever team wins the Big Monday match-up will, with a regular season ending win on Saturday, probably move into a No. 2 slot again next week heading into conference tourney time. Kansas checks in at a projected No. 5 seed again this week despite the loss to Texas last Monday, while Texas Tech is fading down the stretch run, barely holding on to a tourney berth with a projected No. 12 seed (about the lowest an at-large team will be seeded; the rest of the low seeds typically come from minor conference champs). Both Missouri and Colorado are making a late push for inclusion in the Dance, with the Tigers projected as a No. 10 despite a 15-10 overall record and the Buffs sneaking in under the Bubble with a projected No. 13. Oklahoma, which had been hanging on for several weeks in the Bubble range, dropped out of the projected brackets this week.
A good sign for a No. 2 seed (with a win in Stillwater) or No. 3 seed (with a loss to the Cowboys) come NCAA time is UT's stellar No. 6 simulated RPI ranking, up from No. 12 last week. Texas bests all Big 12 teams (Oklahoma State is No. 15) and is behind only Duke, St. Joe's, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Stanford. Other league teams in the collegerpi.com simulated RPI rankings: Kansas at No. 19, Missouri at No. 32, Tech at No. 33, OU at No. 44, Colorado at No. 51, Iowa State at No. 65, Nebraska at No. 77 and the Horns' final regular season opponent K-State at No. 119.