It's the part of the year where ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi is updating his projections almost nightly, so you can bet tensions are high in gyms across the nation.

While some teams, like Baylor, have played their way back into the NCAA Tournament picture, others, like Oklahoma State, have seriously misfired.

Here's a look at the local teams eyeing an NCAA at-large berth:

Note: All records up to date as of Saturday morning
Texas Longhorns

Record: 20-7

Big 12 record: 9-5

AP Ranking: 24

RPI: 25

Best wins: vs. Iowa State, vs. Kansas, at North Carolina

Bad losses: None

Notable: Texas lost to Kansas Saturday, and Lunardi has the Longhorns projected as a No. 6. Texas just has to make sure it doesn't trip up against TCU or Texas Tech in closing out the regular-season.
Baylor Bears

Record: 18-9

Big 12 record: 6-8

AP Ranking: Unranked

RPI: 39

Best wins: vs. Kentucky (neutral), at Oklahoma State, vs. Oklahoma State, vs. Kansas State

Bad losses: at Texas Tech

Notable: Baylor for a big win against West Virginia Saturday and weathered its stretch of six losses in seven games with four straight wins to get back into the conversation. The Bears have four games left, and they really can't afford to lose more than one. The game against Kansas State, a fringe tourney team, presents a great way for the Bears to sneak in. Lundardi currently has them in the picture as a No. 10 seed.
Oklahoma Sooners

Record: 20-8

Big 12 record: 9-6

AP Ranking: 28

RPI: 23

Best wins: at Baylor, vs. Oklahoma State, at Texas, vs. Iowa State

Bad losses: vs. Texas Tech

Notable: The Sooners put up a good fight against Kansas Monday. Lunardi has the Sooners as a No. 6 seed.
Oklahoma State Cowboys

Record: 18-10

Big 12 record: 6-9

AP Ranking: Unranked

RPI: 45

Best wins: vs. Texas, Colorado (neutral), vs. Louisiana Tech, vs. Memphis

Bad losses: at Texas Tech

Notable: Ranked in the top 10 a month ago, the Cowboys have absolutely imploded with seven straight losses, including two in overtime. The Cowboys did get lock up two wins against Big 12-bottom feeders Texas Tech and TCU to prevent total destruction. While Oklahoma State's RPI is strong, OSU must reach the 20-win mark to feel strong about its 'lock' status. In Lunardi's most recent bracketology, he has the Cowboys as a No. 12 seed in one of the play-in games.
SMU Mustangs

Record: 22-6

AAC: 11-4

AP Ranking: 23

RPI: 37

Best wins: vs. Connecticut (twice), vs. Memphis, Vs. Cincinnati

Bad losses: at South Florida, at Temple

Notable: The Ponies took a curious step back with their 71-64 loss to AAC bottom-feeder Temple (7-17, 2-10) but rebounded with a huge win against No. 21 UConn Sunday. SMU faces two ranked teams in the final three games of the regular season, and you have to imagine a win in either of those (vs. Louisville, at Memphis) would to a lot to help SMU get a better seed. Lunardi has them as a No. 7 seed on the rise.