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There’s Still NCAA Tournament Hope For WVU Basketball

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I know what you’re thinking. “West Virginia basketball? NCAA Tournament? Not this year.” Well, there’s still a chance despite the Mountaineers losing nine out of their last ten games.

As West Virginia sits at a record of 14-11 in last place of the Big 12 as of Wednesday afternoon, there’s still a path for the Mountaineers to steal an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament. According to TeamRankings.com, WVU has a 67.5 percent chance at making the big dance, still. The site doesn’t have West Virginia getting an automatic bid with a Big 12 Championship, but has them at a good chance at earning an at-large bid.

Looking at the schedule, West Virginia has seven guaranteed games left, six regular season games (Kansas, @TCU, @Iowa State, Texas, @Oklahoma, TCU) with a Big 12 Tournament game. It looks like if the Mountaineers can pull together three or four wins, they’ll be back into the hunt by Selection Sunday. Five wins over the next three weeks should get them into the field comfortably.

“I think we all have a good mind right now,” Kedrian “Keddy” Johnson said after the Kansas State game. “We played hard, some things didn’t go our way. We’ve just got to move forward, look at the bigger picture. We still have NCAA Tournament hopes, so that’s the main goal.”

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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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