Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers (10-1) have won seven consecutive games, including a win over the then-15th ranked Connecticut Huskies and a big road win over UAB, and although it is very early in the season, NCAA Tournament predictions are beginning to come out.
ESPN analyst Joe Lunardi, who is the college basketball expert behind Bracketology, recently updated his NCAA Tournament projections and he has the Mountaineers projected to play in a very interesting matchup in the 1st round of the tournament.
Lunardi currently projects the Mountaineers as an 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament opening up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin against the Kentucky Wildcats, the 6th seed.
This would be an incredibly juicy matchup considering the “feud” between legendary West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins and his former star forward Oscar Tshiebwe, who now plays for the Kentucky Wildcats.
Tshiebwe transferred from West Virginia in the middle of last season and landed at Kentucky, where he’s off to incredible start to the season, leading the 8-2 Wildcats while averaging 16.3 points, 14.2 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.2 steals per game.
Although it’s very early in the season, a potential matchup against Oscar Tshiebwe and John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats would be one of the most intriguing games in West Virginia NCAA Tournament history.