Big 12 Tournament 2012 Scores: Highlights from Today's Top Games

Brandon Taylor Correspondent IMarch 8, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 08:  Elijah Johnson #15 and Thomas Robinson #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks react during the first half of their game against the Texas A&M Aggies during the quarterfinals of the 2012 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at Sprint Center on March 8, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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March Madness is almost here!

That's right, one of the most exciting times in sports has arrived as the NCAA Tournament gets set to begin. First, though, there are the Conference Tournaments, where automatic bids are on the line.

Perhaps the most intriguing conference tournament is the Big 12 Tournament. As many as four teams have a legit shot to win, and Kansas and Missouri are playing for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Let's take a look at the scores on day one so far.

No. 3 Kansas 83, Texas A&M 66.

Kansas makes a strong statement, blowing out the Aggies, who had a disappointing season. Elijah Johnson was the star of the game with 26 points. Johnson isn't really a big scorer, but he's very streaky and he had one of the best games of his career today. National Player of the Year candidate, Thomas Robinson had a strong game with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

For Texas A&M, their final Big 12 season ends in disappointment with a 14-18 record. The Aggies had enough talent to make the NCAA Tournament.

No. 11 Baylor 82, Kansas St 74

Baylor keeps alive its hopes of maybe getting a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Perry Jones had a huge game with 31 points and 11 rebounds. That helped offset the disappointing game by Quincy Miller, who only had two points.

Kansas State was led by Jordan Henriquez who had 22 points and 14 rebounds. They now await their fate when it comes to the NCAA Tournament.

No. 5 Missouri 88, Oklahoma St 70

Missouri could get a No. 1 seed in the tournament if they win and some things break in their favor with other teams. This is the Tigers' last Big 12 Tournament as they are moving to the SEC alongside Texas A&M. Kim English and Marcus Denmon had 27 and 24 points respectively for the Tigers.

Keiton Page finished off a great career with the Cowboys by knocking down six three-pointers as part of his 22 points.