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Two of the most storied programs in the history of the womens game are absent from espnWs latest Bracketology projection, even though both teams were ranked among the top 15 in the preseason. Cheap Kyle Anderson Jersey .They were also on opposite sides Sunday, Texas beating Tennessee 72-67 in Austin in what was an entertaining and well-played game (the second half, at least). It was a win the Longhorns desperately needed and an opportunity lost for the Lady Vols, who erased a 15-point deficit to lead at one point in the second half but still fell to 4-4.So how does a game that features two teams with a combined 13 McDonalds All Americans on the rosters fail to include at least one that is considered tournament-worthy at this point?The easy answer: record. These two nearly annual postseason participants are just a combined 7-8. The schedules the two programs play during the nonconference season are always tough -- but this season they have taken their toll more than usual, as have some injuries.In Austin, at least, there isnt too much need to worry. The current outside-looking-in status should change for the Longhorns. Texas is surely one of the 32 best teams in the country, which would normally put the team in line for an at-large berth.However, Bracketology is a snapshot of the season today. The committee doesnt offer at-large selections to teams with losing records. That would be unprecedented. So at 3-4, Texas simply cant be in the field at this point. Sure, three of those four losses are to teams in the top 10 (UConn, Mississippi State and South Carolina), but sub-.500 is sub-.500, even though Texas was considered a No. 2 seed in the preseason.With four home games -- theyll be heavily favored in each -- to finish the calendar year, the Longhorns will be well on the way to being included in our first projection of 2017. If they live up to the preseason billing as the second-best team in the Big 12 behind Baylor, the Longhorns could wind up hosting NCAA tournament games as a top-four seed. With the win over Tennessee, they also have a solid nonconference feather.The Lady Vols situation doesnt come with the same level of confidence. The fears that floated over Knoxville when Tennessees NCAA tournament prospects looked bleak at one point last spring should be returning.Even as Holly Warlicks club fought chemistry issues and stumbled through the meat of the SEC schedule in 2015-16, it still had big nonleague wins over Syracuse and Oregon State, two eventual Final Four teams, as a foundation. The Lady Vols dont have that this year -- and they wont. They lost four of their last five games, falling to every quality foe they encountered (Penn State, Virginia Tech, Baylor and Texas).Tennesees schedule wasnt even as tough this year, and with only Sundays matchup with Stanford at Thompson-Bolling and a mid-January Big Monday game against Notre Dame, the opportunity for quality wins might have to come in the SEC. If Tennessee goes 8-8 with a win at Missouri being its best -- like in 2016 -- the Lady Vols likely wont make the NCAA tournament this time. That would be a program first. (They were a No. 7 seed last season.)In Sundays loss to Texas, Diamond DeShields was efficient and Jaime Nared played what was perhaps her best game in a Tennessee uniform. But the Lady Vols really needed to finish off the comeback.That makes Sundays visit from the Cardinal as big as any mid-December game can be. Cheap Jevon Carter Jersey . LOUIS -- Rookie Tavon Austin has missed another day of practice, lessening the odds hell be ready for the St. Cheap Jaren Jackson Jr. Jersey . -- For the first time in two months, an opponent was standing up to Alabama. http://www.cheapgrizzliesjerseys.com/ . Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday that allowed the veteran right-hander to retire as a member of team with which he broke into the majors and spent the bulk of his distinguished 16-year career. MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis has agreed to an eight-year contract extension that includes a raise after leading the Blue Raiders to an NCAA Tournament upset of Michigan State this past season.School officials announced Monday that Davis contract runs through the 2023-24 season and that he will make a total of $565,000 annually. Middle Tennessee athletic department spokesman Mark Owens said Davis base salary goes from $375,000 in 2015-16 to $465,000 in the new deall. Cheap Grizzlies Jerseys. Davis also makes $100,000 for radio and television responsibilities.The (Murfreesboro) Daily News Journal first reported Davis extension.Davis owns a 413-250 record in 21 seasons overall, including a 276-175 record in 14 seasons at Middle Tennessee. 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