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Jerry Palm’s updated his’s ‘Bracketology’ after the NCAA released its Top 16 seeds for the NCAA Tournament as of Feb. 13.

Palm’s newest 68-team field maintained seven Big 12 teams in the bracket. However, four Big 12 teams moved up or down in seeding from Palm’s 68-team field released on Monday.

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 Palm’s field. The Bears are also the No. 2 seed in the NCAA’s Top 16 seeds. The Bears would face the winner of a game between Iona or Vermont for their first-round game in the Hinkle 2 Region. The Bears will not play until at least next Saturday against Oklahoma State.  


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From there, Palm had the following six teams seeded:

West Virginia moved up from a No. 4 seed to a No. 3 seed and remained in the Bankers Life 2 Region. Palm set up the Mountaineers with a first-round game against Colgate.

Oklahoma moved up from a No. 4 seed to a No. 3 seed and moved into the Hinkle 1 Region, drawing a first-round game with Liberty. The Sooners are in the same region with Gonzaga and could end up with a Sweet 16 matchup against an in-state rival, if things fall right.

Texas dropped from a No. 3 seed to a No. 4 seed in the Hinkle 2 Region, where it would face UC-Santa Barbara in the first round. If the Longhorns could get out of the tournament’s first weekend, they could face Baylor in the Sweet 16.  

Texas Tech also slid from a No. 3 seed to a No. 4 seed and slid into the Bankers Life 1 Region, where it would face South Dakota State in the first round. The No. 1 seed in that region, per Palm, would be Ohio State.

Kansas, which wasn’t among the NCAA’s Top 16 seeds released on Saturday, came in as a No. 6 seed in Palm’s field and took up a spot in the Bankers Life 1 Region, where it would face Drake. The Bulldogs, up until last weekend, were undefeated.

Oklahoma State was the last Big 12 team to make the field, coming in as a No. 7 seed in the Hinkle 1 Region and drawing a first-round game with San Diego State. It would be a hard road for the Cowboys to draw a Sweet 16 matchup with Oklahoma, but it is possible.

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