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Sports Illustrated Bracketology Projection 1/26

West Virginia with a pretty favorable region with this projection.

Since returning to the floor following a two-week pause the No. 11 West Virginia Mountaineers are 2-0 with wins over Kansas State No. 10 Texas Tech. 

West Virginia led the Red Raiders by ten late in the first half but the momentum completely swung in the direction of Texas Tech when Miles McBride picked up his third foul of the game. McBride re-entered the game with the Mountaineers down 64-52 and helped pioneer an epic comeback. In the last 10:35 of the game, he went 6/6 from the field, 5/5 from the free-throw line, and totaled 19 points including the game-winning bank shot with five seconds remaining.

On Tuesday, Kevin Sweeney of Sports Illustrated put together his first projection for this year's NCAA Tournament. He has West Virginia as a No. 4 seed in Baylor's region.

1. Baylor vs. 16. Montana State/Liberty

8. Xavier vs. 9. Boise State

5. Creighton vs. 12. Arkansas/Maryland

4. West Virginia vs. 13. Belmont

6. Colorado vs. 11. St. Bonaventure

3. Houston vs. 14. Grand Canyon

7. LSU vs. 10. Drake

2. Wisconsin vs. 15. Northeastern

West Virginia will be back in action this Saturday as they play host to the Florida Gators in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. EST.

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