West Virginia came up short against Baylor on Tuesday night in a game that was sent to overtime after the Mountaineers failed to close out the game at the free-throw line. Even though WVU didn't come out on top, they proved that they are a quality basketball team and is one that no one will want to face in the NCAA Tournament.
Wednesday morning, ESPN Bracketologist, Joe Lunardi, dropped the Mountaineers to a No. 3 seed, while moving Houston up to a No. 2 seed. This is a bit of a headscratcher considering how tough West Virginia played both No. 3 Baylor and No. 1 Gonzaga earlier in the year. The Mountaineers don't have a single bad loss on their resume and also yield wins over Texas Tech (2X), Texas, Kansas, and Oklahoma State. Meanwhile, Houston has losses to Tulsa (10-11), East Carolina (8-8), and Wichita State (13-4).
Nonetheless, here is the currently projected region and first-round matchup for the Mountaineers.
1. Illinois vs 16. Bryant/Nicholls St.
8. San Diego State vs 9. LSU
5. Colorado vs 12. Michigan State/Xavier
4. Oklahoma State vs 13. Liberty
6. USC vs 11. Drake/Seton Hall
3. West Virginia vs 14. Navy
7. BYU vs 10. North Carolina
2. Alabama vs 15. Cleveland St.
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