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Joe Lunardi Keeps Only Seven Big 12 Teams in Latest Bracketology

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The Oklahoma State Cowboys feel they’ve done enough to make the 2023 NCAA Tournament. However, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi disagrees.

The Cowboys were in need of a solid run in the Big 12 Tournament to earn themselves a bid to become the eighth team selected to dance from the Big 12 Conference.


Currently, Lunardi has the Cowboys as the first team out and the 69th team in the polls. Following a 61-47 loss to the second-seeded Texas Longhorns, the Cowboy faithful have been in some bubble trouble at the conclusion of their season.

In the event that Oklahoma State sneaks into the tournament, they would become the eighth bid from the Big 12 Conference, joining Kansas, Texas, Baylor, Kansas State, Iowa State, TCU, and West Virginia.

The other major change in Lunardi’s ranking is that the Kansas State Wildcats were dropped from a three-seed to a four-seed. The Wildcats loss dropped them in the rankings, but with K-State’s overwhelming success under first-year head coach Jerome Tang, a tournament entry alone would be a massive win, let alone a No. 4 seed.


Selection Sunday takes place on Sunday, March 12 in a selection process that eager eyes around the country should all be focused on. Will we see an eighth team earn a bid? That answer is only one day away.

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