It’s crazy to say this, but we are seven weeks away from Selection Sunday already. For the next seven weeks, BGS will evaluate ESPN’s Joe Lunardi’s brackets, called “Bracketology.”
For those that don’t know who Joe Lunardi is, or what Bracketology is, here’s a quick summary.
The ESPN college basketball analyst will predict what the field-of-68 and what their seeds will be for March Madness every season. Statistically, Lunardi has one of the best bracket predictors (yes, there is somehow a website that’s created a mathematical stat for this).
Lunardi has West Virginia in Region-3 of the full 68-team tournament.
Here is Region-3:
- Michigan / 16. South Dakota
- Texas / 15. UMBC
- Creighton / 14. Navy
- West Virginia / 13. UAB
- UCLA / 12. Winthrop
- Minnesota / 11. UNC or BYU
- LSU / 10. Indiana
- UCONN / 9. Boise St.
Here are the seeded Big 12 teams that are projected to make the trip to Indianapolis as of now:
- Baylor – 1 seed
- Texas – 2 seed
- Kansas – 3 seed
- Texas Tech – 4 seed
- West Virginia – 4 seed
- Oklahoma State – 8 seed
- Oklahoma – 11 seed
So far, I like WVU’s bracket, especially being ranked as a 4-seed. I do think WVU is a 3-seed, with the potential of being a 2-seed if they can beat a combination of Baylor, Texas, Kansas and Tech a couple of times.
If West Virginia got this bracket, Bob Huggins would have a lot of fun facing his former assistant coaches in Andy Kennedy (UAB) and Mick Cronin (UCLA).
I do think West Virginia is the third-best team in this bracket, behind Michigan and Texas. WVU can definitely play with Texas, as they showed two weeks ago.
Michigan would be the only team to worry about, sweeping right through the region, as they’re one of the hottest teams in the country.
Stay posted for Lunardi’s next update!