Bracketology: Oklahoma continues rise in Lunardi’s newest bracket

In News by Blake Lovell

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has released his NCAA Tournament bracketology for January 4, with Trae Young and Oklahoma continuing their ascent up the college basketball ladder.

The Sooners have moved up to a two-seed in Lunardi’s newest projections thanks to a 10-game winning streak and back-to-back wins to open up Big 12 play.

Virginia has also moved up to the two line, with the Cavaliers only suffering one loss to this point in the season.

Lunardi’s No. 1 seeds remain unchanged, as Duke, Villanova, Arizona State, and Michigan State continue to claim those spots.

Meanwhile, he has Louisville, Baylor, Maryland, and Boise State as his last four teams into the field.

Minnesota, Houston, Ohio State, and Utah are considered to be the first four teams out.

Analysis

The Sooners have certainly shot up the board after a thrilling start to conference play, which includes a win over previously unbeaten TCU in Fort Worth.

However, Young and company will be tested in their next game of the season, as they’ll visit West Virginia on Saturday.

What’s also worth noting in this latest bracketology is that eight teams are currently projected to make the field from the SEC. The conference entered the year with a lot of hype surrounding it, and it’s certainly lived up to the billing thus far in landing eight teams in the top 50 of the RPI.

The ACC still leads the way with the most teams (9), while the Big 12 has seven of its 10 teams in Lunardi’s bracket.