The Big 12 has six teams solidly in the 68-team field in the most recent NCAA Women’s Tournament Bracketology released by ESPN’s Charlie Crème on Friday.
The new bracket comes a day after the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee released its Top 16 teams, meant to reflect where they believe the seeding process is as of now. Four Big 12 teams — Texas, Iowa State, Baylor and Kansas State — were in the Top 16. Crème used that ranking as the basis for his Top 4 seeds in each region.
Outside of that quartet, Oklahoma and Kansas are also in the field and neither is close to the bubble.
Other trends and notes:
Rising: The Top 16 rankings meant a lot to Texas, Baylor and Kansas State, as they all moved up seed lines to reflect the new ranking. Texas jumped two seeds to No. 2 seed. Texas ended up in the same region with defending national champion Stanford, a team the Longhorns beat earlier this season. Baylor jumped to a No. 3 seed, while Kansas State, despite losing to Texas on Wednesday, jumped to a No. 4 seed.
Falling: Kansas was the only Big 12 team to fall in seeding, as the Jayhawks are now a No. 10 seed.
Steady: Iowa State and Oklahoma held steady at their seeding.
How the bracket looks for the Big 12 as of now:
No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 Troy
No. 5 Oklahoma vs. No. 12 Stephen F. Austin
No. 4 Kansas State vs. No. 14 Southern Illinois
No. 10 Kansas vs. No. 7 Arkansas
No. 3 Iowa State vs. No. 14 Charlotte
No. 2 Texas vs. No. 15 Fairfield
Future Big 12 members
No. 5 BYU vs. No. 14 Long Beach State
No. 8 Ohio State vs. No. 9 UCF
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