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Big 12 Basketball Tournament: Start Date, Game Times, Bracket, Location

Get ready college basketball fans. It is March, which means Madness is right around the corner. Before it's time to fill out our NCAA Tournament brackets, however, we have the conference tournaments, which can be amazing events in their own right.

The Big 12 has been arguably the best and most competitive league in college basketball this year, and the conference tournament kicks off next Wednesday, March 9, at 6 p.m., with the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds playing on ESPNU. Seeding for the tournament isn't set yet, but we have an idea of how things will shake out when the Big 12 standings are set on Saturday.

  • With Monday night's domination of the Texas Longhorns, Kansas has clinched the No. 1 seed in the tournament. The Jayhawks face the winner of the 8 vs. 9 game, currently slated to be Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State.
  • There is a large gap between the top seven teams in the conference, and the bottom three. Texas Tech, currently No. 7, is 8-8 in the league, four games ahead of Kansas State. Oklahoma State and TCU each have 14 conference losses.
  • The tournament will take place at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
  • Wednesday's first round games will be broadcast on ESPNU. On Thursday, the first two games will be on ESPNU, and the second two will be on ESPN2. Friday's games are on ESPN2, and Saturday's championship game will be broadcast on ESPN at 5 p.m.

Here is the bracket, which includes the tournament schedule, via the Big 12's official website. The Big 12 standings won't be finalized until after Kansas plays Iowa State at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5.

More Big 12 Tournament notes:

  • Iowa State won the 2015 Big 12 Tournament, defeating Kansas 70-66 in the final. The Cyclones also won the 2014 tournament, topping the Baylor Bears in the final.
  • Kansas, winner of 12 straight Big 12 conference regular season titles, last won the tournament in 2013, blowing out Kansas State 70-54.
  • Big 12 Tournament tickets are available at StubHub.

Kansas will enter the tournament as a favorite, but Baylor, Iowa State, Texas, and West Virginia have all been very strong this year, and will vie for the Big 12 championship. We can't wait for things to kick off from Kansas City.

Information on the ACC Tournament is available here, and learn about the Big Ten Tournament here.