Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby expects his 10-member league to receive seven berths in next week’s NCAA Tournament. But that does not mean he has given up hope of getting 80 percent of his league into the 68-team field.
“We will continue to advocate for West Virginia,” Bowlsby said before Friday’s semifinal matchups at the SprintCenter. “I think if you are 9-9 in our league, you deserve it and are a good basketball team … I’m fairly comfortable that we will have seven in.”
West Virginia (17-15), the No. 6 seed in the conference tournament after posting a 9-9 record in league play, fell to Texas 66-49 in Thursday’s quarterfinal matchup. The Mountaineers can only be added to the NCAA field as an at-large invitee at this point.
_ Jimmy Burch