Joe Lunardi’s newest ESPN.com ‘Bracketology’ had the Texas Tech Red Raiders move into a No. 3 seed, while the Kansas Jayhawks dropped to a No. 6 seed.
Lunardi’s latest 68-team bracket, released on Feb. 9, has seven Big 12 teams in the field, second only to the Big 12’s nine seeds.
Baylor, which remains undefeated but is on a COVID-19 pause, also remained the Big 12’s only No. 1 seed, and No. 2 seed overall, in Lunardi’s field. The Bears would face the winner of a game between South Dakota or Prairie View A&M for their first-round game in Region 2.
Baylor has now postponed its next three games, meaning the Bears are not expected to play until Saturday, Feb. 20 against Oklahoma State.
From there, Lunardi had the following six teams seeded:
Texas Tech slid into a No. 3 seed in Region 3, with Lunardi projecting a first-round game with UC Irvine.
Texas remained a No. 3 seed even though the Longhorns lost twice last week, but they moved into Region 1 where Lunardi anticipated a first-round game against Siena.
Oklahoma remained a No. 4 seed and moved into Region 4, where the Sooners would play Liberty in the first round, according to Lunardi.
West Virginia remained a No. 5 seed and moved into Region 3, where the Mountaineers would play Toledo in the first round.
Kansas slid into a No. 6 seed in Region 4 and would face St. Bonaventure in the first round, according to Lunardi. Oddly, the matchup is of a pair of teams that fell, seed-wise, in Lunardi’s latest projection.
Oklahoma State is the last Big 12 team in the field, sporting a No. 8 seed in Region 1. There, the Cowboys would face San Diego State, setting up a potential second-round game with Gonzaga.
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