Latest Bracketology Has WVU Bouncing Back

Latest Bracketology Has WVU Bouncing Back

It’s been a rollercoaster for the Mountaineers the past few weeks and Joe Lunardi has taken notice. In the latest Bracketology, Joey Brackets has WVU bouncing back to a four-seed.

Last week Lunardi had the Mountaineers at a No. 5 seed and on top of that they were the lowest five seed in the tournament. Well, after a couple of wins over teams that are currently slated to make the Big Dance, the Mountaineers got the bump they were looking for in his latest projections.

Lunardi has the Mountaineers taking on No. 13 in the East Region in Boise, Idaho. If they get a win there, the Mountaineers will get a matchup with all-too-familiar Kentucky if they are able to get a win over Loyola-Chicago. The No. 1 seed in the East Region is Villanova.

In his latest projections, Lunardi has seven teams from the Big 12 making the tournament. Kansas as a two-seed, Texas Tech as a three-seed, West Virginia as a four-seed, Oklahoma as a five-seed, Texas as a nine-seed, TCU as a ten-seed and Kansas State as one of the last five teams in as an 11-seed.

The Mountaineers have been very strong in their last two games which is what caused the bump by Lunardi. On Saturday WVU absolutely destroyed Kansas State at the Coliseum by a final score of 89-51. This was the most lopsided win in Big 12 history for the Mountaineers. The previous record was set just a couple weeks earlier when WVU decimated Texas by a final score of 86-51.

On a quick turnaround, West Virginia was in Norman to take on Trae Young and the Sooners as part of Big Monday. The Mountaineers led almost the entire way and were able to hang on and escape with a huge two-point win and a signature road win. Wins like that do wonders for your March Madness standing. While Trae Young was able to score plenty of points, Bob Huggins successful defensive strategy involved not letting Young get others involved. Young set a career-low mark with only one assist in the game.

Up next West Virginia has a home game against Oklahoma State on Saturday at noon. The Mountaineers look to get a win and move up in the AP Top 25 as well.