Bracketology: The projected field and a powerful Big 12

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Jan 7, 2017; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Jayson Tatum (0) celebrates with guard Matt Jones (13) in the closing seconds of the second half of their game against the Boston College Eagles at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

What does the post-New Year Bracketology look like and what conference has the most bids?

Although it not what most people expected when the year began, the Baylor Bears are now the No. 1 team in the entire country. The Bears have been absolutely superb, as they carry wins over Louisville, Oregon, Xavier, VCU, and Michigan State into January.

In accordance with these huge wins, Baylor also remains undefeated at 15-0. That undefeated record, however, could be in jeopardy soon, as the team needs to travel for their next game to face West Virginia, a unit that was No. 7 in the country last week before a loss to Texas Tech.

The Mountaineers, much like Baylor, have several good wins, including the following: Virginia, TCU, Illinois, and Oklahoma State. Unlike Baylor, however, West Virginia has suffered two losses, one to Temple and the other to another Big 12 foe Texas Tech. Although they might drop out of the top-10 for this week, their start has clearly warranted a top-15 ranking for now and likely for the rest of the year.

Along with West Virginia and Baylor, though, the entire Big 12 is stacked. For instance, Kansas is once again the frontrunner for the conference crown. The Jayhawks sit at 14-1 and are undefeated in league play. Bill Self’s team has dominated the Big 12 in the past and their expectations are always to win the conference.

And it does not stop there. All of these teams are either likely tournament teams or sitting on the bubble for the conference, excluding WVU, Kansas, Baylor: Kansas State, Iowa State, Texas Tech, TCU, and Oklahoma State. That means the conference could potentially put a crazy eight teams in the tournament. Now, as this is a Bracketology article, let’s take a look at our updated projected bracket.

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