Joe Lunardi’s newest ESPN.com ‘Bracketology’ saw all seven Big 12 teams headed for the NCAA Tournament as No. 6 seeds or higher, led by Baylor’s No. 1 seed.
The Big 12 Tournament begins on Wednesday in Kansas City, with Baylor set as the No. 1 seed.
Lunardi’s field, released after the end of the Big 12 regular season on Sunday evening, saw the Bears remain a No. 1 seed in Palm’s Region 2. In Lunardi’s estimation, the Bears won’t have to wait for a First Four winner, as they would face No. 16-seeded Northeastern in the first round.
The other six Big 12 teams in the bracket included:
West Virginia dropped to a No. 3 seed in Lunardi’s eyes, after a week in which WVU beat TCU, but lost to Baylor and Oklahoma State. In Lunardi’s field, the Mountaineers would play No. 14-seed Colgate in the first round in Region 4.
Texas, which enjoyed a great week in which it beat Iowa State, Oklahoma, and TCU, solidified itself as a No. 3 seed in Lunardi’s eyes. The Longhorns are currently in Region 1, where Lunardi projects a first-round matchup with Georgia State.
Oklahoma State, which beat West Virginia without Cade Cunningham and Isaac Likekele, remained a firm No. 4 seed in the Region 1, where it would face a No. 13-seeded UNC-Greensboro in the first round.
Kansas, despite flirting with disaster against UTEP last week, remained a No. 4 seed in Lunardi’s field, with the Jayhawks drawing a spot in the Region 3 and a first-round game with No. 13 seeded Liberty, which is already an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament.
Texas Tech, which defeated Iowa State and TCU before falling to Baylor on Sunday, remained a No. 5 seed in the Region 4. Lunardi has the Red Raiders facing Winthrop in the first round.
Oklahoma had a rough week, losing to both Oklahoma State and Texas. Palm moved the Sooners into the No. 6 seed in the Region 2, where it would face a first-round matchup with Georgia Tech.
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