It may not last long, but Texas was bumped from ESPN’s most recent Bracketology for the Women’s NCAA Tournament next March.
But, like last week, there are five Big 12 teams included in the field:
Iowa State, No. 1 seed in the Seattle Region
Oklahoma, No. 6 seed in the Greenville Region
Baylor, No. 7 seed in the Greenville Region
Kansas State, No. 7 seed in the Seattle Region
Kansas, No. 9 seed in the Greenville Region
Kansas State crashed the Bracketology for the first time this season on the strength of a 5-0 start and a win over then-No. 4 Iowa last week.
ESPN made the point that Texas dropped out of Bracketology for now because it has an under.-500 record, the result of losses to UConn, Marquette and Louisville. All of those losses came without guard Rori Harmon due to an injury. It’s likely that when Texas gets back over .500 it will return to the field. The same thing happened to national power Tennessee, which started the season 2-4.
Iowa State, on the strength of a 4-0 start, moved up a spot to a No. 1 seed. The Cyclones are in Portland this week for the Phil Knight and start the tournament on Thursday against Michigan State. The Cyclones could also play either North Carolina or Oregon. Iowa State would play either Lamar or Fairleigh Dickinson in the first round and would host a sub-regional.
Oklahoma dropped in seeding from last week after absorbing a 124-78 shellacking from Utah. The Sooners would play Florida in the first round in Omaha, Neb.
Kansas State, which is without their 6-foot-6 center Ayoka Lee for the season, would face Georgia Tech in the first round in Columbus, Ohio.
Baylor also dropped a couple of spots in seeding from the last field after losing to Maryland on Sunday and losing guard/forward Aijha Blackwell for an undetermined amount of time. The Bears would face Missouri — Blackwell’s former team — in the first round in Iowa City, Iowa.
Kansas was the only team that remained in the same seeding from the last field. The Jayhawks are undefeated and would play Duke in the first round in Columbia, S.C.
West Virginia is the only Big 12 team on the bubble right now. The Mountaineers are third among the First Four Out in the field.
For the first time, the Women’s Tournament will be split into two regions — Greenville and Seattle. The first- and second-round games will continue to be held at campus sites. After that, eight teams will head to Greenville and eight teams will head to Seattle for the Sweet 16 and the Elite Eight.
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