Seven Big 12 men’s basketball teams in ESPN’s May bracketology

According to the last NCAA bracketology at ESPN.

Kansas would be a No. 2 seed in the tournament, despite losing players like Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack to the NBA. Theoretically, the No. 2 seed ignores the fact that players like Christian Braun and Jalen Wilson, who have declared but have not made a final decision to return.

But Kansas wasn’t the top-ranked Big 12 team in the group.

Baylor – which lost two potential first-round picks to Kendall Brown and Jeremy Sochan – is the No. 1 seed this edition. The Bears also lost guard James Akinjo and saw forward Matthew Mayer hit the transfer gate. The Bears have one of the best rookies in the country coming to the program in Keyonte George and are picking up last year’s top rookie, Langston Love, back from injury.

Two Big 12 teams were No. 4 seeds. TCU, which has nearly all of the contributors back and dodged the departure of guard Mike Miles to the NBA, won an NCAA Tournament first-round game for the first times since 1987. Texas, which will have guard Marcus Carr and Timmy Allen, is in the mix to attract top transfer Tyrese Hunter, who was at Iowa State last season and became the Big 12.

Texas Tech is a No. 6 seed. The Red Raiders have lost several players, including forward Terrence Shanon Jr. and forward Kevin McCullar. But, Kevin Obanor returns and the Red Raiders are working on the transfer gate for outside shooting and height. In doing so, they lured one of the Utah Valley transfer portal’s top targets, forward Fardaws Aimaq.

Oklahoma State, which just emerged from a one-year postseason ban, is a No. 8 seed, while Oklahoma, which narrowly missed out on the NCAA Tournament, is a seed. No. 10.

Iowa State — which lost Hunter, along with Izaiah Brockington in the NBA after its Sweet 16 run — is one of the First Four Out. West Virginia, which had less than .500 last season, was one of the Next Four Out.

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