Six Big 12 men’s basketball teams made the cut in ESPN’s latest Bracketology for the Men’s NCAA Tournament next March.
Along with one Big 12 team earning a No. 1 seed in a region, future Big 12 member Houston was the No. 1 overall seed.
The six Big 12 teams in the field as of Nov. 22 were:
Texas, No. 1 seed in the South Region (Louisville)
Kansas, No. 2 seed in the East Region (New York)
Baylor, No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region (Kansas City)
Texas Tech, No. 6 seed in the West Region (Las Vegas)
TCU, No. 10 seed in the South Region (Louisville)
West Virginia, No. 11 seed in the South Region (Louisville)
Texas moved into a No. 1 seed on the strength of its victory over Gonzaga last week. Interestingly, ESPN still had Gonzaga as a No. 1 seed in the West region. The Bulldogs beat Kentucky after their loss to Texas.
Texas would play Longwood in the first round.
Kansas is undefeated and headed for the Battle 4 Atlantis this week. The Jayhawks defeated Duke and Southern Utah last week and remained a two-seed. The Jayhawks would face Northern Kentucky in the first round.
Baylor split its games at the Main Event in Las Vegas last week, losing to Virginia and beating UCLA. Baylor held steady as a No. 2 seed and would face Montana State in the first round.
Texas Tech would end up with the winner of a First Four game between Florida and Oregon. The Red Raiders are at the Maui Jim Classic this week. They suffered their first loss of the season, falling to Creighton, before beating Louisville on Tuesday.
TCU’s loss to Northwestern State didn’t hurt the Horned Frogs too much, though they dropped to a No. 10 seed from the season-opening Bracketology. TCU would face Xavier in the first round. The Horned Frogs are in California for a Thanksgiving tournament.
West Virginia is the surprise right now, as the Mountaineers were added to the field by ESPN after a 4-0 start. The Mountaineers would face Purdue in the first round. Oddly, the Mountaineers and the Boilermakers are facing each other later this week in Portland at the Phil Knight Invitational. WVU received one of the last four byes in into the tournament.
Three Big 12 teams are on the outside looking in. Iowa State is third among the First Four Out, while Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are among the Next Four Out.
Houston is off to a great start this season and would be the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region and face either Wagner or McNeese State in the first round. The Cougars are one of four teams joining the Big 12 next season, along with BYU, Cincinnati and UCF.
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