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West Virginia Moves Up in Latest Bracketology Update

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In the latest bracketology update, released by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, West Virginia moves up to a projected No. 7 seed for the NCAA Tournament.

The Mountaineers were in the ‘last four byes’ before Lunardi’s update on Friday morning.

West Virginia’s Projected Field:

1. Gonzaga
16. Princeton
8. North Carolina
9. Indiana
5. Auburn
12. Iona
4. Iowa State
13. New Mexico State
6. UConn
11. Saint Mary’s
3. Houston
14. Oakland
7. West Virginia
10. Minnesota
2. UCLA
15. Weber State

The Mountaineers have earned their way into a 7-seed after going 11-1 in the non-conference slate. West Virginia would be projected to take on Minnesota in the first round and then a probable matchup with UCLA in the second round. It would be interesting to see Bob Huggins coach against another ‘student’ from his coaching tree, this time being Mick Cronin at UCLA. Cronin was an assistant for Huggins when he was at Cincinnati. Huggins has already went up against Darris Nichols, Andy Kennedy and Jerrod Calhoun, so why not make it four coaches.

Big 12 Projected Seeds

Baylor – No. 1 seed
Kansas – No. 2 seed
Iowa State – No. 4 seed
Texas – No. 6 seed
Texas Tech – No. 7 seed
West Virginia – No. 7 seed
Oklahoma – No. 9 seed

Lunardi has projected seven Big 12 schools to make the NCAA Tournament come March. It’ll be interesting to see how the teams move around during conference play.

(Top Photo: Julia Mellett / WVSN)

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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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