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College Sports: Way-too-early bracketology: Texas Tech up to No. 3 seed; TCU, Oklahoma, Houston on the rise

It’s only mid-December, but it’s never too early to start thinking about how the 2019 NCAA Tournament bracket may shape up once March finally arrives. 

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi unveiled his latest edition of bracketology on Tuesday, and there was plenty to talk about within the Big 12 and other area-schools of interest. 

While Big 12 heavyweight Kansas retained the No. 1 seed (Midwest), Texas Tech, Oklahoma and TCU all saw improvements in their seedings. The Red Raiders checked in as a projected No. 3 seed (East), the highest of any Texas Team, while the Sooners and Horned Frogs rose to No. 6 (South) and No. 9 (East) seeds, respectively. The Horned Frogs re-entered the bracket following their 35-point drubbing of USC on Friday in Los Angeles. 

The same couldn’t be said for Texas and Kansas State, who fell to No. 10 (Midwest) and No. 7 (West) seeds. Iowa State also fell to a No. 8 seed (South). 

Outside of the Big 12, Houston climbed to a No. 7 seed (Midwest) and was slotted to play the Longhorns if the tournament began today. Stephen F. Austin and Texas Southern were also projected to square off in the first-four, with the winner taking on Kansas as a No. 16 seed (Midwest). 

Here’s a recap of Lunardi’s latest projections as it pertains to teams of interest: 

ESPN Bracketology 

Kansas: No. 1 (Midwest) vs. Stephen F. Austin/Texas Southern — Des Moines, Iowa

Texas Tech: No. 3 (East) vs. UC Irvine — Tulsa, Okla.

Oklahoma: No. 6 (South) vs. Minnesota/UCF — Jacksonville, Fla.

Houston: No. 7 (Midwest) vs. Texas — Jacksonville, Fla.

Kansas State: No. 7 (West) vs. Louisville — Salt Lake City, Utah

Iowa State: No. 8 (South) vs. North Carolina State — Columbus, Ohio

TCU: No. 9 (East) vs. Iowa — Columbia, S.C.

Texas: No. 10 (Midwest) vs. Houston — Jacksonville, Fla.

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