Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers finished the season 18-9 overall and 11-6 in the Big 12 Conference after another loss to the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

With the loss, West Virginia’s hopes of being a 2 or even 3 seed appear to be unlikely at this point.  According to Bob Huggins, “This probably took us off the 3 line in the tournament.”

ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi, known as “Joey Brackets”, is a very reliable source in predicting how the NCAA Tournament Committee will seed teams.  According to Lunardi, the Mountaineers will be a 4 seed and the 15th ranked team overall.

The difference between a 2 seed and a 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament is pretty huge, and the Mountaineers had plenty of opportunities that they didn’t take advantage of to be one of the top seeded teams in the tournament.

Oklahoma State, who beat the Mountaineers the last two games, were a 4 seed earlier today and are now a 3 seed, according to Lunardi.  Still, the West Virginia Mountaineers have national championship aspirations and they’ll have to beat plenty of very good teams to accomplish what they want to starting next week.