The 2017-18 college basketball season is hardly more than a month old, but it’s never too early begin planning out the picture for March Madness.
The Big 12, which has been one of, if not the most competitive conference in the country throughout the last few years, has become a March Madness mainstay, consistently sending more than half of the league to The Big Dance.
The same is expected to prove true following the 2017-18 regular season.
With just over a month of action to judge, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi released his latest Bracketology on Wednesday afternoon, and per usual, the Big 12 is well represented. Of the league’s 10 teams, Lunardi has seven Big 12 teams firmly placed in his current NCAA Tournament picture. Lunardi has West Virginia and Kansas each as a 3-seed in the East and Midwest regions, respectively. TCU (4) and Baylor (7) can be found in the South region. Meanwhile, Texas Tech (6), Oklahoma (8) and Texas (10) occupy the West region.
Last season, the Big 12 sent six of its teams to the NCAA Tournament, with Texas Tech, TCU, Texas and Oklahoma each missing out. According to Lunardi’s Bracketology, all four will find themselves back in The Big Dance in the coming months, although Iowa State, Kansas State and Oklahoma State are currently considered to be on the outside looking in.
Only the ACC is currently projected to send more teams to the NCAA Tournament with 11.
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