Big 12 Tournament 2013 Bracket: Seeds, Odds, Matchups and More

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2013

LAWRENCE, KS - MARCH 04:  Travis Releford #24, Ben McLemore #23, Jeff Withey #5, and Kevin Young #40 of the Kansas Jayhawks celebrate after Withey hit a three-pointer during the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Allen Fieldhouse on March 4, 2013 in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The Big 12 is a top-heavy conference full of a bunch of elite teams. This is certain to make for an outstanding conference tournament.

Kansas and Kansas State each earned a share of the Big 12 regular season title, although they both finished the year with disappointing losses. However, this also proves that there are plenty of teams that could win a game on any given night.

There are five or six teams likely to reach the NCAA tournament,  each of whom is looking to prove they have what it takes to make a run in March.

Here is everything you need to know about the Big 12 conference tournament.


Where: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.

When: March 13 - 16

Watch: Big 12 Network, ESPN2, ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3

Full Bracket:


Seeds and Odds (courtesy of Top Bet)

1. Kansas: -180

For the ninth year in a row, Kansas earned at least a share of the Big 12 regular season title. However, things have not gone smoothly, especially on the road. 

In the last five games away from home, Kansas is 2-3, with two narrow overtime victories. For the Jayhawks to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, they must prove they can get it done on a neutral floor.


2. Kansas State: +350 

It is amazing how little respect Kansas State has gotten nationally after an amazing finish to the season. Rodney McGruder could be the Big 12 Player of the Year, as his team has won 10 of the last 12 games.

The Wildcats know how to beat most of the teams in the conference, but getting past Kansas might be difficult after losing in both regular season battles.


3. Oklahoma State: +350

Based on pure talent, there are not many better teams in the country than Oklahoma State. Marcus Smart could be the first point guard taken in the NBA draft, while Markel Brown and Le'Bryan Nash make big-time plays as well.

This squad has the ability to not only go deep in this tournament, but in the NCAA tournament as well. A Final Four run is certainly not out of the question. 


4. Oklahoma: +700

Oklahoma has a few good wins this season and has done enough to get themselves an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament behind the play of Romero Osby. 

Still, the struggles away from home have become a problem. Saturday's loss to TCU should tell you everything you need to know about Oklahoma's road performance.


5. Iowa State: +600

Few could have imagined it heading into the season, but Iowa State ended up with one of the best offenses in the country this season. The Cyclones ended the year ranked fourth in the nation with 80.1 points per game.

With Will Clyburn scoring inside and Tyrus McGee and Korie Lucious shooting the ball, they can simply outscore anyone they face this week.


6. Baylor: +800

Finally, Baylor got a big win by defeating Kansas on Saturday. That still might not be enough to get the Bears in the tournament, but a few wins in the Big 12 tournament will help.

With the Big 12 leader in points and assists, Pierre Jackson, anything is possible.


7. Texas: +1,800

Texas sorely missed Myck Kabongo during the season, but things have gone much better since he has returned. After starting the year 10-13, the Longhorns are 5-3 with the point guard on the floor.

While the Longhorns are still unlikely to win it all, the talented sophomore could help his squad pull off an upset or two this week.


8. West Virginia: +3,500

After years of good play in the Big East, West Virginia probably thought its first year in the Big 12 would go a little better. Unfortunately, six straight losses to end the season probably mean that this team will not do too much damage in the postseason.


9. Texas Tech: +5,000

Texas Tech should be happy that TCU decided to join the conference. Otherwise, the Red Raiders would have only one conference win instead of three. 

They might be able to beat West Virginia, but topping Kansas in the second round is very unlikely.


10. TCU: +5,000

No matter what happens in the conference tournament, TCU can be proud of the fact that it beat Kansas on February 6. That will likely be this school's basketball highlight for a long time. 

Full Schedule (via

First Round - Wednesday, March 13

Game No. Matchup Time (ET) TV
1 West Virginia vs. Texas Tech 7 p.m. Big 12 Network
2 Texas vs. TCU 9:30 p.m. Big 12 Network

Quarterfinals - Thursday, March 14

Game No. Matchup Time (ET) TV
3 Oklahoma vs. Iowa State 12:30 p.m. ESPN2
4 Kansas vs. Game 1 Winner 3 p.m. ESPN2
5 Kansas State vs. Game 2 Winner 7 p.m. Big 12 Network
6 Oklahoma State vs. Baylor 9:30 p.m. Big 12 Network

Semifinals - Friday March 15

Game No. Matchup Time (ET) TV
7 Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner 7:30 p.m. Big 12 Network/ESPNU
8 Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner 10 p.m. Big 12 Network/ESPNU

Championship - Saturday, March 16

Game No. Matchup Time (ET) TV
9 Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner 6 p.m. ESPN


Predicted Winner: Oklahoma State

Kansas has the talent to win with Ben McLemore, Jeff Withey and others. However, the Jayhawks have struggled a bit lately and are not playing for too much.

Conversely, Oklahoma State can greatly affect its seed with a conference tournament title and is going in with some nice momentum after beating Kansas State.

The Cowboys have at least one win over every other school in the Big 12 this season and that confidence will go a long way toward winning a championship.


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