WVU climbs in tourney forecasts following upset win over Ohio State

West Virginia’s win over then-No. 2 Ohio State is propelling the Mountaineers up in the latest Bracketology projections, including a top seed in one forecast.

CBS’s Jerry Palm is even extremely bullish on the Mountaineers. In his latest Bracketology projections, Palm has WVU slotted as the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region. CBS has WVU opening the tournament against 16th seed Radford. Palm has Indiana (8) and Marquette (9) in the Mountaineers pod https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/bracketology-gonzaga-is-top-overall-seed-with-two-surprising-big-12-teams-and-duke-also-no-1-seeds/.

WVU is a No. 3 seed in the East Region in ESPN’s latest Bracketology projection. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has the Mountaineers as the third seed in the East, with WVU facing 14-seed Colgate in the Cleveland pod. Lundardi has Wichita State as the six seed in the Cleveland pod, setting up a possible Cancun Challenge championship game rematch between WVU and the Shockers in the second round https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology?ex_cid=espnapi_public.

The Fansided Busting Brackets forecast is higher on the Mountaineers than ESPN. Busting Brackets also has WVU in the East Region, but as the No. 2 seed. Fansided projects WVU opening the tournament with 15th-seeded UC Irvine with Arizona (No. 7) and Temple (No. 10) in the pod with WVU https://bustingbrackets.com/2020/01/03/bracketology-2020-projected-field-creighton-usc-rising-seeds/5/.

West Virginia has never been a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The highest seeding the Mountaineers have ever had is the No. 2 seed in the East Region of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. WVU went to the Final Four that season.