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Bracketology Update After Oklahoma Loss

For once, it seems like West Virginia is able to catch a break after a loss. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has kept WVU at a No. 3-seed after the Mountaineers’ double-overtime loss to No. 9 Oklahoma last Saturday.

Region 4:

  1. Ohio State / 16. James Madison
  2. Alabama / 15. Sam Houston State
  3. West Virginia / 14. Winthrop
  4. Texas / 13. UC Santa Barbara
  5. Missouri / 12. Play-in game
  6. Virginia Tech / 11. Play-in game
  7. Rutgers / 10. Seton Hall
  8. Louisville / 9. Loyola Chicago

This region is a love-hate for me. I like WVU’s potential second-round matchup against Virginia Tech. I also like Ohio State being the one seed in the region. The Buckeyes are really good but I’m still waiting on them to fizzle out like they did last season. They’re a deep team but I don’t see them as a top-four team in the country.

The only part I don’t like about this bracket is the potential Sweet 16 matchup against Alabama. This is a very uncommon opinion, as I see a lot of WVU fans on social media like this game for the Mountaineers if it would happen. I don’t like this matchup for West Virginia just because of Alabama’s offense. Nate Oats’ group averages 81 points-per-game, scoring over 105 points in SEC play multiple times.

Bob Huggins has said it, this is one of the worst defensive teams he’s had. If West Virginia and Alabama were to play, the game would be in the 90’s. It would come down to shooting better than Bama.

Big 12 Seeds

  • Baylor – 1 Seed
  • Oklahoma – 3 Seed
  • West Virginia – 3 Seed
  • Texas – 4 Seed
  • Texas Tech – 4 Seed
  • Kansas – 6 Seed
  • Oklahoma State – 8 Seed

Here’s who’s representing the Big 12 conference come Selection Sunday. TCU, Iowa State and Kansas State will not make the tournament unless one of them pulls off a miracle and win the conference tournament.

The group of Oklahoma, West Virginia, Texas, Texas Tech, Kansas and Oklahoma State have been beating each other up over the last two months, as Baylor just sits back and beats everyone. The Mountaineers will be Baylor’s best challenge of going undefeated during the regular season. Regardless, they have one of the four No. 1-seeds locked up.

If the rest can just stop splitting games with each other, teams will be able to raise in the seedings.

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