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Stats And Trends: Inside The Numbers

REMEMBER THE LONGHORNS: Remember Texas - the former number 1 team in the country for two weeks in mid January? The Longhorns have fallen all the way to an 8 seed in the East region. Since seeding began in 1979, the only team to have a lower seed after being a top-ranked team that same year was Alabama, which was a 10-seed in 2003 and lost in the first round. Texas will face Wake Forest Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 9:35 PM ET (preview).

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After the jump, we put several tournament teams on UPSET alert, the Thunder's dynamic duo and does L.T. add something to the J-E-T-S offense Thomas Jones couldn't?

INSIDE THE BRACKET: The Big East has 8 teams going dancing - that's tied for the most ever by one conference in a single NCAA tournament and 7 of them are from Texas - that ties the all-time record with California - which brought 8 back in 2002. Plus, 35 of the 65 teams played in the tournament last season. The field is also notable for which teams are missing. For the first time since 1966, NCAA tournament blue-bloods Arizona, Connecticut, North Carolina and UCLA will all miss the NCAA Tournament. Arizona’s streak of 25 straight tournament appearances, the longest active streak in the country entering this season and the 2nd longest streak in NCAA history, is snapped. Coastal Carolina is left out of the field despite a 28-6 record, the most wins by any eligible team to not make the tournament since the field was expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

UPSET ALERT: Every year when you start to fill out your brackets, one of the hardest decisions to make is which number 5 seed will get hammered by a number 12 seed. Since 1989, the only times a 12 didn't beat a 5 were in 2000 and 2007. This year, Michigan State, Butler, Temple and Texas A&M are officially on UPSET ALERT. Will it be New Mexico State, UTEP, Cornell or Utah State who will pull off the 12-5 UPSET and march into the second round. Take note, the farthest a 12 seed has advanced was in 2002, when Missouri made it to the Elite 8.

Thunder 119, Jazz 111

THE THUNDER DUO:In the NBA, Kevin Durant scored 35 points and Russell Westbrook chipped in 30 to help the Thunder roll the Jazz Sunday. It's the third time this season they've both scored 30 points in the same game. And Durant is now just a tenth of a point behind LeBron James for the League scoring lead. He extends his franchise record with his 37th 30-point game this season. The Thunder have now won 5 straight games.

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RED ZONE PRODUCTION: If the Jets were looking to replace Thomas Jones red zone production it looks like they found the perfect match. Last season Tomlinson and Jones numbers in the red zone were nearly identical. Tomlinson is second all-time in rushing touchdowns. A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Tomlinson's contract is for $5.1 million with an escalator that could boost it to $5.6 million. The 2006 NFL MVP, cut last month by San Diego, chose New York over Minnesota after visiting the Vikings on Thursday.

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