West Virginia’s Odds of Making the NCAA Tournament

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Morgantown, West Virginia – Following West Virginia’s blowout victory over the Oklahoma Sooners, the Mountaineers moved to 14-9 overall and 3-7 in the Big 12 Conference. Although that is far from a spectacular record, the Big 12 is by far the most challenging conference in the nation and West Virginia has one of the hardest schedules in the college basketball.

With that said, West Virginia is actually in great position to make the NCAA Tournament. According to TeamRankings.com, the Mountaineers will almost certainly be in the field next month.

The website gives West Virginia an 82.9% chance of participating in March Madness. The Mountaineers have a 76.6% chance of an at-large bid, a 6.3% chance of winning the Big 12 Conference championship and earning an automatic bid, a 3.9% chance of making the Final Four and a 0.6% chance of winning the national championship.

West Virginia has a very tough remaining schedule. The Mountaineers play #13 Iowa State at home on Wednesday and on the road at #10 Texas on Saturday before closing out the season at #11 Baylor, at home against Texas Tech, at home against Oklahoma State, on the road at #8 Kansas, at #13 Iowa State and finally at home against #7 Kansas State.

With that said, West Virginia will probably need to win at least 4 of their final 8 games to advance to the NCAA Tournament and although it won’t be easy, there are certainly four possible wins remaining on the schedule.

How many wins do you think the Mountaineers will win in their final eight games and do you think they will play in the NCAA Tournament this season? 

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Brad Smith, "The Voice of Morgantown", is the most trusted, accomplished name in West Virginia sports journalism. Smith is the foremost, preeminent authority on West Virginia athletics and a lifelong fan of the Mountaineers. Smith, a proud graduate of West Virginia University, resides in Morgantown most of the year, but has a home in Jacksonville, Florida, where he lives during the winter.