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WVU Makes Big Jump in USA Today Bracketology

WVU has long been predicted a 6 seed by USA Today. However, leading into the Big 12 Tournament the Mountaineers have made a big jump in their latest bracketology.

1 Kentucky 1 Villanova
16 Play-in Bucknell/St. Francis Brooklyn 16 South Dakota State
8 VCU 8 Oregon
9 Colorado State 9 LSU
5 Wichita State 5 North Carolina
12 Iona 12 Play-in: Indiana/Texas A&M
4 Louisville 4 Baylor
13 Louisiana Tech 13 Yale
3 Iowa State 3 Notre Dame
14 UC Davis 14 N.C. Central
6 Butler 6 SMU
11 Purdue 11 Play in: Ole Miss/Texas
7 St. John’s 7 San Diego State
10 Georgia 10 Dayton
2 Wisconsin 2 Arizona
15 Albany 15 Texas Southern
1 Duke 1 Virginia
16 Play-in Coastal Carolina/N. Florida 16 Belmont
8 Ohio State 8 Xavier
9 Cincinnati 9 Oklahoma State
5 Georgetown 5 Arkansas
12 Stephen F. Austin 12 Wofford
4 West Virginia 4 Northern Iowa
13 Buffalo 13 Valparaiso
3 Maryland 3 Oklahoma
14 Georgia State 14 New Mexico State
6 Providence 6 Utah
11 Boise State 11 Temple
7 Michigan State 7 Iowa
10 N.C. State 10 Davidson
2 Kansas 2 Gonzaga
15 Northeastern 15 Eastern Washington

Last 4 in: Texas, Ole Miss, Indiana, Texas A&M

First 4 out: BYU, Tulsa, Old Dominion, UCLA

Others considered: Illinois, Miami (Fla.), Richmond

Moving in: Georgia State, Belmont

Moving out: Georgia Southern, Murray State

No longer considered: Rutgers, Georgia Tech, California, Loyola (Chicago), UTEP, Marquette, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Colorado, Evansville, Syracuse (self-imposed ban), New Mexico, Louisiana Tech, Nebraska, UNLV, Memphis, Florida, Washington, Oregon State, Tennessee, Clemson, Michigan, Wyoming, George Washington, Minnesota, Green Bay, Seton Hall, Alabama, St. Mary’s, UMass, Rhode Island, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Kansas State, UConn.

Multi-bid conferences: Big Ten (7), ACC (6), Big 12 (7), Big East (6), SEC (6), AAC (3),  A-10 (3), Mountain West (3), Pac-12 (3), MVC (2).

Conference leaders from projected 1-bid conferences (22 total): Albany (America East), North Florida (Atlantic Sun), Eastern Washington (Big Sky), Coastal Carolina (Big South), UC Davis (Big West), Northeastern (CAA), Louisiana Tech (Conference USA), Valparaiso (Horizon), Yale (Ivy), Iona (MAAC), Buffalo (Mid-American), North Carolina Central (MEAC), St. Francis Brooklyn (NEC), Belmont (Ohio Valley), Bucknell (Patriot), Wofford (Southern), Stephen F. Austin (Southland), South Dakota State (Summit),  Georgia State (Sun Belt), Texas Southern (SWAC), New Mexico State (WAC), Gonzaga (WCC).

Jeremy Simon
Founder and publisher of, Jeremy is also a contributor to USA Today as well as covers the Mountaineers for Athlon Sports. Follow on Twitter @JSi07
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