TCU fell two spots in the latest Bracketology projections from ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, which were updated on Monday.
The NCAA Tournament guru dropped the Frogs two spots to a 9-seed in the East Region after an 83-71 loss at home to Texas Tech on Saturday. As it stands, TCU would face 8-seed Florida State in Pittsburgh with the winner most likely taking on No. 1 Villanova.
TCU has another tough week ahead of itself - as most Big 12 weeks are this season - as it travels to Kansas on Tuesday and then hosts Texas on Saturday. At 16-7 overall and 4-6 in conference play, TCU’s chances of making the Big Dance are still very much alive, but it will need to string together a couple wins in a row (at minimum) here very soon.
Texas Tech continues to move up the pecking order and are now a 3-seed in the East, per these projections; TTU was a 4-seed last week. The Red Raiders would face 14-seed Bucknell in Dallas with the winner taking on either 6-seed Seton Hall or 11-seed Houston.
Texas moved up one spot to an 8-seed after its dramatic victory over Oklahoma on Saturday in Austin. The Longhorns would take on 9-seed Alabama, a team it defeated in Tuscoloosa earlier this season, in Charlotte with the winner most likely taking on 1-seed Virginia.
The Sooners dropped 1 spot to a 4-seed in the West where they’d play 13-seed South Dakota State. The winner would then play either 5-seed Miami or 12-seed New Mexico State.
Other Big 12 teams projected to make the tournament include Kansas (2-seed in Midwest), West Virginia (5-seed in Midwest), and Kansas State (11-seed in West).
Texas A&M, winners of two straight, including an 83-60 win over South Carolina on Saturday, is up to a 9-seed in the Midwest with a first-round game against 8-seed Louisville in Detroit. The winner would likely take on 1-seed Purdue.