A larger-than-life role for Pittman

Longhorns big man Dexter Pittman, frankly, needs to see the floor more and the bench less. Getty Images

Inside the Bracket is another college basketball resource for ESPN Insiders: It takes fans and would-be tourney prognosticators deeper into the specific teams they need to know for March.

Oh, how times have changed for the Texas Longhorns.

Once considered a top contender, coach Rick Barnes' team is in the midst of a 4-6 skid in February, sliding into a three-way tie for fourth in the Big 12 and a No. 5 seed in Joe Lunardi's latest Bracketology.

Four conference contests remain, though, and two of the opponents (the Texas A&M Aggies and the Baylor Bears) are in the RPI top 15. So the Longhorns' march toward the tournament could take a turn for the better -- or for the worse.