Big 12 Tournament 2012: Winning Odds for Each Remaining Team
Four teams still have a hope at winning the Big 12 tournament championship.
The Texas Longhorns upset Kansas State to reach the semifinals against the Missouri Tigers, who beat Oklahoma State 88-70. On the other side of the bracket, the Baylor Bears dispatched Iowa State to set up a fantastic matchup with the Kansas Jayhawks, who beat Texas A&M by 17 points.
These semifinal games will provide some fireworks for college basketball fans across the country but ultimately, only one team will emerge victorious.
Here are the odds for each of the remaining teams to win the tournament:
Texas Longhorns: 50-1
The Texas Longhorns are the biggest long shots to win the Big 12 tournament right now.
They did upset No. 3 Iowa State to reach a matchup with Mizzou but most likely will not go any farther than that. This year, the Longhorns went 20-12 and ended up No. 6 in the conference. They are 0-7 against Top 25 teams and have some pretty ugly losses to Oregon State and Oklahoma State.
The Longhorns are going to need J’Covan Brown to play out of his mind and even if that happens, it might not be enough to take down Mizzou.
Baylor Bears: 25-1
Baylor has the privilege of battling Kansas in the Big 12 semifinal game. And by privilege, I meant horror.
They have already lost Kansas twice this year and twice to Missouri, which is in the other half of the bracket. It might take something spectacular from sophomore Perry Jones III and senior Quincy Acy to move on in the tournament.
This year, the Bears are two of six against Top 25 teams in the country and stumbled into the Big 12 tournament after losing at Iowa State. They are going to have to play perfect basketball to win the tournament.
Missouri Tigers: 7-1
Senior guard Marcus Denmon is having a great season for the Tigers. He is averaging 18.2 points per game while grabbing 5.2 rebounds. Combine Denmon with three other players who score more 10 points per game, and you have one hungry Tigers team.
They went 28-4 this year with quality wins over Kansas and Baylor twice. They did have one letdown loss against Oklahoma State but other than that, the rest of their losses have come against teams that have been in the Top 25 at one point during the season.
Mizzou is going to have a much easier time in the semifinals against Texas than Kansas, so I expect them to make the championship game.
Kansas Jayhawks: 5-1
The Kansas Jayhawks are the favorites to win the Big 12 tournament, but only slight favorites. Since losing to Missouri by three on February 4, the Jayhawks have rattled off nine straight wins, including avenging their loss to the Tigers with a one-point overtime win on February 25.
The Jayhawks have a player of the year hopeful in Thomas Robinson, who scores 18 points and nabs 11.8 rebounds per game. To help Robinson, Tyshawn Taylor chips in 17.2 points and 4.9 assists per game.
The Jayhawks have looked like a Final Four team for most of the year and are poised for a No. 1 seed come Selection Sunday.
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