After West Virginia’s win over TCU, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi is not budging, keeping the Mountaineers at the 3-seed line in his last bracketology update last night.
The Problem With The 2 Seed
- Houston is a very good team, I think they could beat WVU if the Cougars showed up but resume-wise, it doesn’t make sense how UH should get the nod at the final 2 seed. The Cougars have a really good win against Texas Tech, beating them by 11 without their old leading scorer Caleb Mills. They also have bad losses against Tulsa and East Carolina that are questionable. WVU’s worst loss is to Florida…
- This whole debate may not even matter in the end, as WVU and Houston have a decent shot at being in the same region as one another.
- Ohio State, Alabama and Iowa are the other two seeds. There is another way WVU can jump in without doing too much work. Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and OSU should destroy each other in the B1G Tournament. Michigan and Illinois are probably set as one seeds, but Iowa and OSU could have some shifting if they lose early on.
- WVU just needs to handle business against Oklahoma State tomorrow. Get the 2 seed in the conference tournament for next week. It’s looking like if WVU gets second place in the Big 12, they’ll most likely play Oklahoma in the first round. Not the best matchup, as the Sooners have West Virginia’s number but it’s so damn hard to beat a team three times in a season.
- Side note: Speaking of beating teams three times in one season, Bob Huggins at Cincinnati beat Memphis State FOUR TIMES in one season in 1992. The Bearcats beat the Tigers twice in the regular season, once in the Great Midwest Conference Tournament and then in the Elite 8.
I’m not going to preview the regions, as Lunardi will start updating the bracket basically by the hour. There’s also so much basketball to be played that the predictions by Lunardi can change in one night.
West Virginia’s next objective: Just get the 2 seed in the Big 12 Tournament by winning tomorrow
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