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Bracketology: Texas Women Back in Field of 68

Vic Schaefer.

The Texas Longhorns returned to the Field of 68 after a two-week absence, giving the Big 12 six teams in ESPN’s most recent Bracketology for the Women’s NCAA Tournament next March.

Texas dropped out of the Field of 68 after starting the season under .500. But, they’ve won their last three games, including a quality win over Stanford at the Pac-12 Coast-to-Coast Challenge, to put the Longhorns back in the field as one of the Last Four In.

 

The Big 12 has six teams in the field for the first time in nearly a month.

The seeds include:

Iowa State, No. 4 seed in the Greenville Region

Kansas, No. 4 seed in the Seattle Region

Oklahoma, No. 5 seed in the Greenville Region

Baylor, No. 6 seed in the Seattle Region

Kansas State, No. 8 seed in the Seattle Region

Texas, No. 11 seed in the Greenville Region

 

If the tournament started today, Texas would play a First Four game against Missouri. The Longhorns are also reeling from the loss of forward Aaliyah Moore to an ACL tear. She is out for the rest of the season.

Iowa State held steady as a No. 4 seed after beating Villanova on Sunday. The Cyclones would host a sub-regional and face Drexel in the first round.

Kansas moved up to a No. 4 seed and that would allow the undefeated Jayhawks to host a sub-regional in Lawrence. Kansas would host Norfolk State in the first round.

Oklahoma held as a No. 5 seed going into its Jumpman Invitational Game later this week. The Sooners would face UNLV in the first round. The Rebels recently lost a non-conference game to Oklahoma State.

Baylor is coming off a loss to Arizona and dropped to a No. 6 seed, where the Bears would face Columbia in the first round.

 

Kansas State remained a No. 8 seed and would face Louisville in the first round, with No. 1 seed Stanford likely waiting for the winner in the second round.  

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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