Big 12 Basketball

Joe Lunardi’s Latest Bracketology Moves Oklahoma State Into Field

Mike Boynton Jr.

True to his word, ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi moved Oklahoma State into the Field of 68 after the Cowboys beat Oklahoma on Wednesday.

Lunardi released his updated seeding on Thursday. Before the Bedlam game, he wrote in his Wednesday update that the winner of the game would move into the field.


Oklahoma State, based on the victory, is the last team in the field, meaning the Cowboys would play a First Four game in Dayton, Ohio, if the Tournament started today.

The Big 12 has eight teams in the field after the latest round of conference games, which ended on Wednesday and marked the halfway point of the league schedule.

Kansas moved up to the final No. 1 seed with its win over Kansas State on Tuesday night. With the loss, Kansas State slid into a No. 3 seed.

The Big 12 continued to have six teams among the Top 16 seeds in Bracketology. Texas — which beat Baylor on Monday — is the final No. 2 seed.

Iowa State — which lost to Texas Tech on Monday — is a No. 3 seed, along with TCU and Baylor. In fact, they are, in order, the final three No. 4 seeds, along with Xavier.

As for West Virginia, even with the loss to TCU on Tuesday the Mountaineers remained in the field. West Virginia, like Oklahoma State, is one of the last four teams in the field. The Mountaineers two spots ahead of Oklahoma State.

Oklahoma, which made an appearance in the bracket after pounding Alabama last weekend in the Big 12-SEC Challenge, is now out of the field, but not far out. Lunardi put the Sooners as the third team out of the bracket.

While Texas Tech isn’t in the field, or being considered, the Red Raiders have won their last two games and are in the Top 75 of NCAA Net, as is every other team in the conference.

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