But the Horns must first get by the Tigers, who have won nine straight and 14 of 15. Princeton is just 6-6 vs. non-Ivy League D-Is and is No. 121 in the latest simulated RPI to UT's No. 10, but the Tigers actually played Duke far closer than did Texas (losing by 18 three days before the Horns lost to the Blue Devils by 28) and came within a three-point bucket of Oklahoma in early January.
The Big 12 landed just four teams in the Dance, with both Oklahoma State (No. 2 in the East Rutherford regional) and Kansas (No. 4 in the St. Louis regional) getting sent to friendly territory in Kansas City. Texas Tech grabbed a No. 8 seed in the East Rutherford regional with a potential second round match-up with No. 1 seed Saint Joseph's. The Bubble burst for Missouri, Colorado and Oklahoma.
The other No. 1s aside from Duke, the No. 2 top seed, and Saint Joseph's, the No. 4 top seed, are Kentucky, the top overall No. 1 seed, and Stanford, the No. 3 overall No. 1 seed. If all four ones make it to San Antonio, the Wildcats would take on the Hawks and the Blue Devils would square off with the Cardinal.