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Big 12 Tournament Scenarios For WVU

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Moments after West Virginia University lost to Oklahoma, Head Coach Bob Huggins called Saturday's regular season finale against Iowa State a "must-win."

It is all about the upcoming Big 12 tournament, which will provide WVU with its only opportunity to advance to the NCAA Tournament. Anything short of winning the conference tournament will leave the Mountaineers out of the big dance.

Huggins is well aware of how the Big 12 bracket is looking. A win Saturday will lock up the seven seed for the Mountaineers and set them up for an opening round date with the 10 seed TCU. WVU has swept the season series with TCU. The winner of that game would meet the two seed, which appears to be Kansas State.

Huggins pointed out that having the seven seed guarantees a team that it will not face Kansas or Oklahoma State until the finals.

Should WVU lose to Iowa State on Saturday and Texas beat Texas Tech later that afternoon, the Longhorns would earn the seven seed dropping WVU to the eight seed and setting up a date with Texas Tech in the first round. The winner moves on to face the top seed, which is likely going to be Kansas.

Huggins wants that seven seed more for what it does to set up the road to a Big 12 tournament title than what it gives WVU in the opening round of the tournament.

Saturday's game against Iowa State is senior day and will mark the final regular season home game for seniors Deniz Kilicli, Dom Rutledge and Matt Humphrey.

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