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West Virginia suffered its first loss of the season Sunday, falling to St. John’s, 70-68. Even though the Mountaineers (7-1) are no longer unbeaten, they have moved up in ESPN’s Bracketology.

WVU moved up to a No. 9 seed in Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology forecast on ESPN.com. That is one spot better than the 10 seed Lunardi had the Mountaineers the past two projections. Lunardi has WVU as the ninth seed in the Midwest Region, facing eighth-seeded Washington in Cleveland. ESPN has Ohio State, whom the Mountaineers face in Cleveland on Dec. 29, as the top seed in the region https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology.

Andy Katz is more bullish on the Mountaineers than Lunardi. On NCAA.com, Katz has West Virginia as a five seed in the West Region. Katz projects WVU playing 12 seed Liberty in the first round https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/article/2019-12-03/2020-ncaa-mens-basketball-bracket-projected-about-100-days.

West Virginia is back in action Thursday when the Mountaineers host Austin Peay.

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