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Mountaineers, Cardinal among the biggest Champ Week winners

Women's College Basketball, West Virginia Mountaineers, Texas Longhorns, Stanford Cardinal, Oregon State Beavers, South Carolina Gamecocks, DePaul Blue Demons

The opening weekend of Champ Week brought with it the conclusion of four of the Power 5 conference tournaments -- and plenty of upheaval within the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds. The No. 1 seeds, meanwhile, were cemented, and results caused a small shift among the top 16 seeds eligible to host early round NCAA tournament games.

Here is look at the winners and losers of the weekend:

Winners

West Virginia: The Mountaineers annihilated No. 19 Oklahoma and then upset 12th-ranked Texas on their way to the Big 12 championship game against Baylor. Those two wins vaulted West Virginia -- a long-standing member of the "Last Four In/First Four Out" club -- from the bubble to solidly in the field. The Mountaineers needed that one marquee win to highlight their résumé, and they got two.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks put together two solid if not spectacular games, almost entirely without senior post Alaina Coates, to win their third straight SEC tournament title. Equally important, the Gamecocks sewed up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The only thing that can spoil this is if the ankle injury Coates re-aggravated in Saturday's semifinal turns out to be more serious and will limit her in two weeks.

DePaul: Not only did the Blue Demons win their first Big East tournament game, but Ohio State's loss to Purdue in the Big Ten semifinals allowed them to move up to be in position to host the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.

Stanford: The run to a Pac-12 tournament title, coupled with the Texas loss, catapulted the Cardinal to a No. 2 seed in  Charlie Creme's projection through Sunday's games. The news isn't all good, however. As the No. 8 overall team, Stanford was placed in the bracket in the Bridgeport Regional with Connecticut. And because the Cardinal can't host due to the Pac-12 gymnastics championship meet at Maples Pavilion, Stanford will have to do some major traveling. In our latest projection, the Cardinal open in Columbia, Missouri, where the Tigers are a No. 7 seed and host.

Losers

Texas: Whatever good mojo the Longhorns had working during their 19-game winning streak, it's gone. The home loss to Iowa State in the regular-season finale looked as if it could have just been the hangover of meeting Baylor four days earlier. But falling to West Virginia in the Big 12 semifinals makes the skid more real. Texas has lost four of its past six games, has no momentum heading into the NCAA tournament and looks like a team that has lost its confidence.

Oregon State: The Beavers headed into Sunday still with a chance at a No. 1 NCAA tournament seed. They needed a win over Stanford in the Pac-12 title game and a loss by South Carolina in the SEC finale. They got neither. Oregon State instead finished the weekend No. 6 overall in Sunday night's projection -- the No. 2 seed in the Stockton Regional -- and without a conference tournament championship.

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