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Kansas Is Big 12’s Top Seed in ESPN Men’s Bracketology

Jalen Wilson

For the third straight week, nine Big 12 men’s basketball teams made the cut in ESPN’s Bracketology for the Men’s NCAA Tournament next March.

The only team that wouldn’t be in the field if the tournament started today would be Oklahoma State. Last week the Cowboys were one of the Top 8 bubble teams. But after losing to Virginia Tech, the Cowboys have fallen off the board entirely.


There were also changes among the No. 1 seeds. Texas and future Big 12 member Houston were both No. 1 seeds last week. After losses, Houston dropped to a No. 2 seed line and Texas dropped to a No. 3 seed line. That made Kansas the highest-seeded Big 12 team.

The nine Big 12 teams in the current projected field are:

Kansas, No. 2 seed in the East Region (New York)

Texas, No. 3 seed in the West Region (Las Vegas)

Baylor, No. 3 seed in the South Region (Louisville)

West Virginia, No. 6 seed in the Midwest Region (Kansas City)

Iowa State, No. 8 seed in the East Region (New York)

Texas Tech, No. 10 seed in the South Region (Louisville)


TCU, No. 10 seed in the Midwest Region (Kansas City)

Oklahoma, No. 11 seed in the West Region (Las Vegas)

Kansas State, No. 11 seed in the South Region (Louisville)

Kansas remained a two seed after last week’s thumping of Missouri. The Jayhawks face ranked Indiana on Saturday. Kansas would play High Point in the first round.

Texas dropped two seed lines after its overtime loss to Illinois last week in the Jimmy V Classic. The team is also navigating the suspension of head coach Chris Beard after his arrest on Monday morning for domestic violence. Texas would play Middle Tennessee in the first round.  

Baylor didn’t see much of a shake-up from last week. The Bears remained a third seed and would face Oral Roberts in the first round.

West Virginia took another big move, surging two seed lines from No. 8 to No. 6 this week. Just two editions ago the Mountaineers were a double-digit seed. The Mountaineers would play St. John’s in the first round.  

Iowa State dropped a seed line after losing to Iowa last week. The Cyclones would play Saint Mary’s in the first round.


From there, things start to get a little less certain.

TCU and Texas Tech are both No. 10 seeds and are part of the last four byes, which is the last tier of teams before you start getting into bubble territory. TCU would face Wisconsin in the first round, while Texas Tech would face Iowa in the first round.

Oklahoma and Kansas State are both No. 11 seeds, but they’re also two of the last four teams in the field, per ESPN. Both would play First Four games. The Sooners would face New Mexico and Kansas State would face UNLV.

Houston is the only future Big 12 team in the field and the Cougars would face Colgate in the first round.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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