Morgantown, West Virginia – The West Virginia Mountaineers finished the regular season 18-9 overall and 11-6 in the Big 12 Conference after back-to-back losses to the hottest team in the college basketball, the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
With the losses, 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 the most reliable source in predicting how the NCAA Tournament Committee will seed teams. According to Lunardi, the Mountaineers will be a 4 seed and the 13th ranked team overall.
— Joe Lunardi (@ESPNLunardi) March 13, 2021
This means that West Virginia is only one spot from being a 3 seed in the tournament. Kansas is currently a 3 seed, but had to drop out of the Big 12 Tournament with a COVID case on the team and is questionable for the NCAA Tournament. If the Jayhawks can’t play, the Mountaineers could easily slide into the 3 seed.
In addition, Texas is currently a 3 seed according to Lunardi, but a loss in the Big 12 Championship against Oklahoma State could drop the Longhorns below West Virginia in the overall rankings.