Big 12 Tournament schedule, predictions and overview as the conference tourney heads to the Sprint Center in Kansas City.
For the ninth time in 10 years, the Big 12 Tournament will descend on Kansas City, Missouri for a week of stellar roundball play. Much like last season, Kansas and West Virginia enter the Big 12 Tournament as the Nos. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively. The Jayhawks won the conference for about the billionth consecutive time (it’s actually No. 13 in a row, but boy does it feel like a billion.)
Below are Big 12 Tournament schedule and predictions for the top-heavy league.
Big 12 Tournament Schedule
All times CT
Wednesday, March 8 (Opening round)
No. 8 TCU vs. No. 9 Oklahoma – 6:00 p.m.
No. 7 Texas Tech vs. No. 10 Texas – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 9 (Quarterfinals)
No. 4 Iowa State vs No. 5 Oklahoma St. – 11:30 a.m.
No. 1 Kansas vs G1 Winner – 1:30 p.m.
No. 2 West Virginia vs G2 Winner – 6:00 p.m.
No. 3 Baylor vs No. 6 Kansas State – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, March 10 (Semifinals)
Game 3 Winner vs Game 4 Winner – 6:00 p.m.
Game 5 Winner vs Game 6 Winner – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 11 (Finals)
Game 7 Winner vs Game 8 Winner
Big 12 Tournament Predictions
The Big 12 may not be as strong top-to-bottom as in years past, but as previously mentioned it is extremely top-heavy. Kansas, West Virginia and Baylor are all threats to win the Big 12 Tournament, and maybe even the NCAA Tournament. None have more than seven losses, and on a given night have proven the ability to hang with the nation’s top teams. There’s also Iowa State who, despite losing in its season-finale to West Virginia, went 12-6 in conference (the same as the Mountaineers and Bears).
And yet, this is Kansas’ tournament to lose. A Big 12 Tournament title will give the Jayhawks the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. Heck, just making the conference championship game could lock up that top No. 1 seed for Bill Self’s club. Josh Jackson has been everything as advertised, and then some, while Frank Mason III is already starting to rack up player of the year awards.
As West Virginia proved in January, it’s capable of knocking off the Jayhawks. But as has been the case during the majority of Bill Self’s tenure, it’s Kansas and then everyone else.