The latest ESPN.com ‘Bracketology has Baylor steady as a No. 1 seed, while Kansas drops to a No. 4 seed, with the NCAA Tournament selection announcement just 10 days away,
Joe Lunardi’s newest 68-team field, released March 4, maintained seven Big 12 teams in the bracket. It also comes with the Big 12 preparing to play a break-neck schedule for the next four days leading up to the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City. The league will play nine games in four days, with five of them coming on Thursday night.
Gonzaga, Baylor, Illinois, and Michigan were the Top 4 seeds, with Gonzaga and Illinois drawing the First Four opponents, making the Bulldogs and Illini the top two teams in Lunardi’s field for now.
With Baylor now the Big 12 regular-season conference champion, Lunardi installed the Bears as the No. 1 seed in Region 2 and positioned them for a first-round game against James Madison.
Kansas, which plays tonight against UTEP and has completed its Big 12 schedule, slipped to a No. 4 seed in Region 4 and would face Liberty in the first round. That would set up a potential second-round matchup with Creighton, which the Jayhawks beat by a single point in December.
The other Big 12 teams in the bracket include:
West Virginia dropped a seed line after the loss to Baylor, but the Mountaineers remain a No. 3 seed right now and would face Southern Utah in the first round in Region 1.
Texas is a No. 4 seed in the Region 1 and would face Cal-Santa Barbara in the first round. Both the Longhorns and Mountaineers would have to reach the Elite Eight to meet in this scenario, and Texas would likely have to beat Gonzaga.
Oklahoma State is a No. 4 seed in in Region 3 and would face Belmont in the first round.
Oklahoma, which has slid a bit in recent days, thanks to back-to-back losses to Oklahoma State and their head coach, Mike Boynton Jr., is a No. 5 seed in Region 2 and would face Western Kentucky in the first round.
Texas Tech is a No. 6 seed in Region 2 and the lowest Big 12 seed among the seven teams that made this bracket. The Red Raiders would face Colorado State in the first round.
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