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Fox Sports Seeds West Virginia at No. 5, Eight Big 12 Teams Projected for NCAA Tournament



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The bracketology game is no joke. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi is just one of the many bracketologists out there. On Friday, FoxSports’ insider Michael DeCourcy released his latest NCAA Tournament projections.

DeCourcy has placed West Virginia at a No. 5 seed, facing Rick Pitino’s Iona team in the first round.

West Virginia’s Region:

1. Duke
16. Jacksonville
8. Creighton
9. Oklahoma
4. USC
13. Oakland
5. West Virginia
12. Iona
3. Purdue
14. Princeton
6. UConn
11. Texas A&M
7. Tennessee
10. Indiana
2. Kansas
15. Navy

Hypothetically, this would be a first-round matchup that WVU would want to avoid. Since Pitino was hired by Iona, the Gaels have been competing with the Power-5 schools that they have come across. This season, Iona defeated Alabama on a natural site. The Gaels have lost to Kansas (by 13) and Saint Louis (by 1).

The potential second round game against USC or Oakland would be another tough game either way for WVU.

Big 12 Seeds:

  • Baylor – 1 seed
  • Kansas – 2 seed
  • Iowa State – 4 seed
  • Texas Tech – 5 seed
  • West Virginia – 5 seed
  • Texas – 8 seed
  • Oklahoma – 9 seed
  • TCU – 12 seed / Last Four In
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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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