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Joe Lunardi’s Moves Oklahoma State to First Team Out of 2023 NCAA Tournament

Mike Boynton Jr.

One day after Oklahoma State was one of the “Last Four In” for the 2023 NCAA Tournament, the Cowboys appear to be now on the outside looking in, according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi.

In his latest Bracketology, which follows Oklahoma State’s loss to Texas, the Cowboys are now the first team out of the NCAA Tournament. They lead the “First Four Out” group, which includes the Pokes, Clemson, Nevada and Wisconsin.

On Thursday, Lunardi had eight teams in the NCAA Tournament, but now that number is down to seven.


The other seven teams from Lunardi have been locks since the regular season ended on Saturday. Kansas is currently the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region, however it’s worth keeping an eye on how the Jayhawks fare in the Big 12 Tournament this week since Bill Self is set to miss the week with a health issue.

Elsewhere, Texas is listed by Lunardi as the No. 2 seed in the West Regional, while Baylor is the No. 2 seed in the East Regional, despite their loss to Iowa State on Thursday. Kansas State, following their TCU loss, comes in as the No. 4 seed in the East Regional, with TCU in the South Regional as the No. 5 seed, plus Iowa State as the No. 5 seed in the West. And then there are the West Virginia Mountaineers, who Lunardi has as the No. 9 seed in the South.

The Big 12 Tournament continues on Friday with the semifinal match ups as Kansas takes on Iowa State at 6:00 p.m. CST and TCU vs. Texas at 8:30 p.m. CST.

Selection Sunday takes place on Sunday, March 12th, at 5:00 p.m. CST on CBS.

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