Big 12 Tournament 2012 Bracket and Schedule: Missouri Will Exit as Champs

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 8, 2012

Much to the chagrin of Big 12 fans everywhere unhappy with the exodus of Missouri to the SEC after this season, the Tigers will say farewell to the conference in style.

With a Big 12 tournament championship.

The Tigers are more than up to the task. They swept Baylor and Iowa State in league play, were a 19-point blown lead (in the second half, no less!) away from beating Kansas twice and won't have to worry about playing the team that beat them twice this year, Kansas State, until the final—if the Wildcats advance that far.

Missouri has an explosive and balanced offense, ranking No. 8 in the nation in points per game (79.7), No. 11 in the nation in assists per game (16.1) and No. 3 in the nation in field goal percentage (.499).

Though led by stud senior Marcus Denmon (18.0 PPG, 5.1 RPG), the team has three other players who average 13 or more points per game.

Denmon and fellow senior guard Kim English are deadly from beyond the arc, with Denmon making 41.9 percent of his shots from downtown and English sinking 45.3 percent.

And Missouri has NCAA tournament motivations to win this tournament—winning could catapult them to a No. 1 seed.

Oh, and the games are being played in Kansas City, about two hours from Missouri's campus.

So to refresh: The team has plenty of motivation, wanting to leave the Big 12 with a bang, avenge their late-season loss to Kansas and potentially earn a one-seed.

They're extremely talented, score at will and aren't very far from home.

I'd say all of those factors will lead Missouri to a Big 12 tournament championship.

Here's your bracket and schedule for the tourney:

 

Wednesday, March 7 (First Round)

G1: No. 8 Oklahoma vs. No. 9 Texas A&M;  7 p.m. EST, Big 12 Network

G2: No. 11 Oklahoma State vs. No. 10 Texas Tech; 9:30 p.m. EST, Big 12 Network

 

Thursday, March 8 (Quarterfinals)

G3: No. 4 Baylor vs. No. 5 Kansas State; 12:30 p.m. EST, ESPN 2

G4: No. 1 Kansas vs. G1 Winner; 3 p.m. EST, ESPN 2

G5: No. 2 Missouri vs. G2 Winner; 7 p.m. EST, Big 12 Network

G6: No. 3 Iowa State vs. No. 6 Texas; 9:30 p.m. EST, Big 12 Network

 

Friday, March 9 (Semifinals)

G7: G3 Winner vs. G4 Winner; 7:30 p.m. EST, Big 12 Network/ESPNU

G8: G5 Winner vs. G6 Winner; 10 p.m. EST, Big 12 Network/ESPNU

 

Saturday, March 10 (Championship Game)

G9: G7 Winner vs. G8 Winner; 6 p.m. EST, ESPN

 

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