Tuesday morning, ESPN College Basketball analyst Joe Lunardi released a new bracketology projection with West Virginia remaining as a No. 4 seed but with a new opponent in Belmont.
To be honest, I'm shocked Lunardi did not move the Mountaineers up to a three-seed following their 88-87 win over No. 10 Texas Tech on Monday night. Yes, West Virginia needed Miles McBride to carry them to victory in the final five minutes of play but it was still a very quality win that needs to be recognized. This is a Texas Tech team that knocked off No. 4 Texas on the road earlier in the month, so they're certainly no slouch.
What really blew my mind is that Joe Lunardi has Alabama as a No. 2 seed. The Crimson Tide has losses to Stanford, Western Kentucky, and Clemson while West Virginia has losses to No. 1 Gonzaga, No. 15 Kansas, No. 24 Oklahoma, and No. 5 Texas. Not to mention, West Virginia beat Western Kentucky earlier in the year in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic.
Nonetheless, here is the projected region for the Mountaineers as of Tuesday, January 26th:
1. Gonzaga vs 16. North Carolina A&T/Prairie View A&M
8. Oregon vs 9. UConn
5. Florida State vs 12. Toledo
4. West Virginia vs 13. Belmont
6. Purdue vs 11. Arkansas
3. Virginia vs 14. Bryant
7. Florida vs 10. Drake
2. Iowa vs 15. Grand Canyon
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