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Joe Lunardi’s Latest Bracketology Has Three Big 12 Teams on Bubble

NCAA Basketball: Texas Tech at West Virginia

It’s been another incredibly entertaining weekend of Big 12 basketball, and the list of bubble teams continues to reflect that. ESPN Bracketology expert Joe Lunardi released his most recent projections, and following the action there are three league teams on that proverbial bubble.

Of those, West Virginia is still in the best shape. It’s currently the No. 42 team and the very last team with a bye. Oklahoma State, following a 73-68 loss at home to Kansas State, is now the very last team in the field. There’s no wiggle room there, for sure. Meanwhile, Texas Tech still has life, but is out of the field at the present, listed among the next four out at No. 76.

That means there are still eight Big 12 teams projected in the field. Getting to nine, of course, would be an emphatic statement about just how good the league is this season.

It should also be noted that the Big 12 boasts four of Lunardi’s projected top 16 teams. That includes No. 1 seed Kansas and No. 2 seeds Baylor, Kansas State and Texas.

Further emphasizing that point, the league entered the weekend with 73 combined Quadrant 1 wins, well more than any other conference nationally. It stood as 14 more than the next-highest of 59 by the Big Ten. The SEC was well behind with 45. The ACC and Pac-12 were even further behind, with 32 and 28, respectively. For even more emphasis, the Big East is in between those two at 30, also a long ways from the Big 12’s collection.

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