A non-conference defeat to Temple, along with six conference losses to Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Baylor, were no doubt part of the reasoning, but still the Mountaineers could make the case that they should have been awarded a third seed ahead of Florida State.
The Seminoles were also placed in the West Regional and could not make it out of the Round of 32 as they fell to Xavier.
Ranked in the top 10 by the Associated Press in the pre-season, the Musketeers had injury issues after the start of the New Year, but have responded well to eliminate first Maryland and then Florida State to set up a match-up with the Arizona Wildcats.
Meanwhile, West Virginia certainly has the ability to get the better of Gonzaga, who were seeded first in the West Regional.
The Bulldogs lost just once all season, to the BYU Cougars, and in some ways that may have done them a favor. There’s none of the pressure that would have been associated with a potential undefeated season.
Instead Gonzaga won the WCC Tournament and rolled over South Dakota State in the First Round, before easing past Northwestern in the Round of 32.
Solid if unspectacular would appear to be a realistic description of Gonzaga and the Mountaineers will be a significant test for the Bulldogs, before a possible rematch with Arizona in the Elite Eight.
Gonzaga got the better of the Wildcats back in early December, although that was an Arizona side not at full strength.