The NCAA is considering the release of a March Madness bracket after the 2019-20 season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as first reported by CBS Sports.
NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt told CBS Sports that the league has not killed the idea of releasing the 68-team bracket for the purposes recognizing the men’s Division I season.
In the meantime, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has released his final bracketology projection for is Selection Sunday transpired today.
Lunardi’s bracket had the Mountaineers seeded at No. 7 in the East Region with a round one match-up against No. 10 Utah State, which would have been played in Tampa. Also in that bracket were No. 1 Dayton, No. 2 Florida State, No. 3 Villanova, No. 4 Maryland, No. 5 Butler, No. 6 Penn State, No. 8 Colorado, No. 9 Florida, No. 11 UCLA or N.C. State, No. 12 Texas or Richmond, No. 13 Akron and No. 14. Hofstra.
This would have been WVU’s first match-up against Aggies. Utah State finished the regular season third in the Mountain West Conference with a 12-6 record.
Andy Katz, a college basketball correspondent for the NCAA, released a bracket projection one week ago which had the Mountaineers at a No. 6 seed – facing No. 11 and former Big East foe Marquette.
The Golden Eagles finished this season sixth in the Big East with an 8-10 record. Marquette leads the all-time record against WVU 4-7.
This year will be the first time since its inception there will be no NCAA Tournament.
Across the league, team’s seniors seasons came to an abrupt end including Mountaineers Chase Harler, Jermaine Haley and Logan Routt.
— Logan Routt (@LoganRoutt9) March 12, 2020
The Mountaineers at least ended the regular season on a high note by defeating the Baylor Bears who were projected as a No. 1 seed in both brackets.