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Big 12 Bracketology Anyone? Cowboys Fate?

The Selection Show comes down on Sunday afternoon and the certainties seems to be that Kansas will be a top seed and that Oklahoma State is in, but could wind up nearly anywhere except Tulsa and against nearly anyone except a top seed or a Big 12 opponent.

This afternoon at the Conoco-Phillips Alumni Center the Cowboys head coach Brad Underwood and his team will welcome fans to come and enjoy the nervousness and the excitement of seeing their name come up on the screen and finding out with the coaches and the players where they are going, who they are playing, and what the path of resistance is in March Madness. 

Underwood is a pioneer with this, he's the first coach we can remember to invite the fans in to be with he and his team to watch the NCAA Selection Show. If I were Underwood, I would pick out one lucky fan to sit right next to him and another to sit between guards Jawun Evans and Phil Forte III during the show. Go all the way and make this a real fan event.

The main event is seeing Oklahoma State appear on screen and for the best guesses on where on the bracket, with what destination, and what opponent will be on the line next to them; we went to the leading bracketologists in the country.

We start with Jerry Palm of CBS Sports. Here are Palm's pertinent predictions for Oklahoma State, the Big 12, and the top four seeds.

Oklahoma State will be a 9th seed in the South Region and play Dayton in the first round. Awaiting the Cowboys would be the top seed in the South in Duke

Kansas is a one seed in the Midwest Region and would open with the First Four winner between Jacksonville State and Mt. St. Mary's in Tulsa

Baylor is a 3rd seed in the South Region and would play Winthrop in their opener in Tulsa

West Virginia is the 4th seed in the East Region and would open with Princeton of the Ivy League.

Iowa State is a 6th seed in the South and would open with Middle Tennessee State.

Kansas State is in as an 11th seed in the West and would play 6th seed Minnesota.

Palm's other top seeds are Villanova in the East and Gonzaga in the West

 

ESPN has Joe Lunardi making their bracketology predictions. He starts with the NCAA selections committee having a little surprise in store for Underwood.

Oklahoma State is the 9th seed in the West Region and opens in Salt Lake City with 8th seed South Carolina (a former Underwood stop and playing former boss Frank Martin. Remember last year in the tournament Underwood and SFA opened with and beat Bob Huggins and West Virginia). The next game would be against West top seed Gonzaga.

Kansas is the top seed in the Midwest Region and opens in Tulsa against Texas Southern.

Baylor is the two seed in the East Region and opens in Tulsa with North Dakota.

West Virginia is the 3rd seed in the South Region and opens in Buffalo against Princeton

Iowa State is the 5th seed in the East Region and heads to Orlando to play Middle Tennessee State

Lunardi has Kansas State playing in the First Four in Dayton against Wake Forest with the winner being the 11th seed and heading to Indianapolis to play 6th seed SMU in the West Region.

The other top seeds are Villanova in the East, North Carolina in the South, and Gonzaga in the West.

 

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I don't know who the nation's newspaper uses for their bracketology, maybe it is a combined effort, after all, that is what the real thing will be when it is announced Sunday afternoon.

The lowest seed of any of the three bracketology projections for Oklahoma State as the Pokes are an 11th seed in the West heading to Sacramento to play 6th seed Creighton with the winner facing the winner of 3rd seed Oregon and 14th seed Iona. Oregon has beaten OSU two of the Cowboys last three NCAA Tournament appearances in 2013 and 2015 with Gonzaga beating the Pokes in 2014.

Kansas is the top seed in the Midwest and would open with Troy in Tulsa.

Baylor is the third seed in the South Region and also would open in Tulsa against New Mexico State

West Virginia is the 4th seed in the West and would open with Princeton at Buffalo

Iowa State is the 5th seed in the South Region and gets Nevada in Milwaukee.

Finally, Kansas State is the 12th seed in the East Regiona getting in at the wire and opening with Minnesota in Orlando. 


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