The Texas Longhorns returned to the Field of 68 in ESPN’s most recent Bracketology for the Women’s NCAA Tournament next March.
With the Longhorns’ return, there are six Big 12 teams included in the field:
Iowa State, No. 2 seed in the Seattle Region
Oklahoma, No. 6 seed in the Greenville Region
Baylor, No. 7 seed in the Greenville Region
Kansas, No. 7 seed in the Seattle Region
Texas, No. 7 seed in the Greenville Region
Kansas State, No. 9 seed in the Seattle Region
Texas dropped out of Bracketology last week after falling under .500. The Longhorns won two games last week to get back to 3-3 and returned to the field. Texas would play Ole Miss in the first round.
Iowa State was a No. 1 seed last week and dropped a spot after its loss to North Carolina on Sunday. The Cyclones remain one of the best teams in the country. They would play Lamar in the first round.
Oklahoma played one game last week and held steady as a No. 6 seed. The Sooners would play Colorado or Florida in the first round.
Baylor also held steady after a 2-1 week, with a 1-1 record against ranked teams during the Gulf Coast Showcase. Baylor would play Florida State in the first round.
Kansas, which is still undefeated, moved up two spots in seeding from last week and would play Nebraska in the first round.
Kansas State remained in the field after suffering its first loss of the season. But the Wildcats did drop two seed lines and would face South Dakota State in the first round.
None of the other Big 12 teams are on the bubble. Future Big 12 member UCF is a No. 12 seed.
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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