Defending national champion Kansas is one of seven Big 12 teams in the projected 68-team field for the 2023 NCAA Tournament, according to the latest NCAA Bracketology at ESPN.
Kansas would be a No. 2 seed in the Tournament, despite losing players like Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack to the NBA. Theoretically, the No. 2 seed doesn’t take into account the fact that players like Christian Braun and Jalen Wilson, who have declared but haven’t made a final decision to return.
But Kansas wasn’t the highest-seeded Big 12 team in the bracket.
Baylor — which lost two potential first-round picks in Kendall Brown and Jeremy Sochan — is a No. 1 seed in this edition. The Bears have also lost guard James Akinjo and saw forward Matthew Mayer hit the transfer portal. The Bears do have one of the top recruits in the country coming to the program in Keyonte George and get last year’s top recruit, Langston Love, back from injury.
Two Big 12 teams were No. 4 seeds. TCU, which has nearly every contributor returning and dodged guard Mike Miles leaving for the NBA, won a first-round NCAA Tournament game for the first time since 1987. Texas, which will have back guard Marcus Carr and Timmy Allen, is in the mix to lure top transfer Tyrese Hunter, who was at Iowa State last season and became the Big 12’s Freshman of the Year.
Texas Tech is a No. 6 seed. The Red Raiders have lost several players, including forward Terrence Shanon Jr. and forward Kevin McCullar. But, Kevin Obanor is returning and the Red Raiders are working the transfer portal for outside shooting and height. In doing so, they lured one of the top transfer portal targets in Utah Valley forward Fardaws Aimaq.
Oklahoma State, which is coming off a one-year postseason ban, is a No. 8 seed, while Oklahoma which narrowly missed the NCAA Tournament — is a No. 10 seed.
Iowa State — which lost Hunter, along with Izaiah Brockington to the NBA after its Sweet 16 run — is one of the First Four Out. West Virginia, which was under-.500 last season, was one of the Next Four Out.
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