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Texas proves Dance-worthy with win in Stillwater

Updated: March 6, 2005, 1:59 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

STILLWATER, Okla. -- Texas coach Rick Barnes didn't question his team's NCAA Tournament credentials -- before Saturday night's Oklahoma State game.

He knew the Longhorns were worthy, even though one stat screamed NIT if the Longhorns finished 8-8 in the Big 12 -- no team had earned a bid to the Big Dance by going .500 in the eight years of this league.

But the invitations aren't handed out on historical data, nor should they be based strictly on a team's conference record or RPI. Sometimes, ...

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