The Sprint Center in Kansas City will play host to next week’s Big 12 Tournament. After today’s Big 12 hoops games, the bracket for the event is set.
This may shock you, but Kansas is the No. 1 seed. After the Jayhawks’ incredible run of Big 12 regular season titles came to an end last year, the team is back on top this year. KU beat Texas Tech 66-62 this afternoon to keep things rolling into the postseason. The Jayhawks have a bye into the Big 12 quarterfinals on Thursday, where they’ll face the No. 8 Oklahoma State-No. 9 Iowa State winner.
Things didn’t go as well for the league’s other big national power. Baylor entered the day ranked No. 4 in the country, and in shape to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Bears lost soundly to West Virginia 76-64. Scott Drew’s team still has the No. 2 seed, and will take on the No. 7 TCU vs. No. 10 Kansas State winner next Thursday.
Kansas and Baylor are still penciled in as No. 1 seeds in ESPN’s Joe Lunardi’s latest bracketology. We’ll see if anything in Kansas City can change that. The proceedings may have a bigger impact on schools like Oklahoma and Texas, who Lunardi has among his final eight schools in the field. He has the Longhorns as the final team in right now.
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The aforementioned OU Sooners snuck out a tight win today. The Sooners knocked off TCU 78-76 and have the No. 3 seed against West Virginia on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Texas got absolutely trounced by Oklahoma State, one of the league’s worst teams, 81-59. Shaka Smart’s team has been building momentum in recent weeks, as he tries to save his job with a run into March.
Texas is the No. 4 seed, but today’s blowout loss was a really brutal result. UT faces last year’s national runner-up Texas Tech, the No. 5 seed, on Thursday.
The Oklahoma State-Iowa State and TCU-Kansas State games take place on Wednesday.