The NCAA released its current Top 16 seeds for the NCAA tournament on Saturday, with five Big 12 teams making the cut.
The five Big 12 teams were the most for any conference. While it doesn’t mean all five Big 12 teams will be among the Top 16 seeds when the March Madness field is announced, it is a good barometer for what the NCAA Tournament committee is thinking right now.
Baylor, which is on a COVID-19 pause at the moment, was the No. 2 overall seed, behind only No. 1 Gonzaga. The Bulldogs and Bears have been the Top 2 teams consistently in both the AP Top 25 and the USA Today Top 25 all season. They are also the only two undefeated teams remaining in Division I basketball.
The two were supposed to play a regular-season game in December, but a COVID-19 pause at Gonzaga scuttled that game.
The other five Big 12 teams were among the bottom half of the overall seeds. West Virginia came in as the No. 10 seed, followed by Oklahoma at No. 12, Texas Tech at No. 14 and Texas at No. 15.
West Virginia and Oklahoma played each other on Saturday, while Texas Tech was off, as the Red Raiders were supposed to play Baylor. Texas was set to play TCU on Saturday.
The Big Ten Conference had four teams among the top 16 seeds, including No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Ohio State, and No. 5 Illinois. The Fighting Illini, of course, are coached by former Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood.
The rest of the Top 10 seeds included No. 6 Villanova, No. 7 Alabama, No. 8 Houston, and No. 9 Virginia.
The remaining Top 16 seeds included No. 11 Tennessee, No. 13 Iowa and No. 16 Missouri.
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