Big 12 Tournament 2013 Bracket: Breaking Down Final Two Quarterfinals Matchups

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 14, 2013

After Iowa State dispatched Oklahoma, and Kansas dominated Texas Tech on Thursday, two more matchups await in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Big 12 tournament.

Texas takes on No. 11 Kansas State in the second half of the day, while Baylor looks to upset No. 14 Oklahoma State.

So, without further ado, here are my predictions for the final two quarterfinals matchups in the 2013 Big 12 tournament (seedings in parentheses). A complete bracket can be found here.

 

Kansas State (2) vs. Texas (7)

Kansas State has made easy work of Texas in both of the teams' matchups this season.

In both contests, the Wildcats shot better and used its advantage on the glass to emerge victorious.

While Kansas State ranks 113th and 129th in points per game and field-goal percentage respectively, the Longhorns rank 217th and 261st in those categories. Texas hasn't scored 70 points or more against a ranked team since defeating North Carolina on Dec. 19.

And while the Wildcats rank 79th in total rebounding rate, the Longhorns rank 135th in that category, via TeamRankings.com.

Kansas State had won six straight games before falling to Oklahoma State on March 9. Texas has won six of its last nine games, but those three losses came against ranked teams.

Prediction: Kansas State Advances

 

Oklahoma State (3) vs. Baylor (6)

Baylor has given Oklahoma State trouble this season. The Cowboys lost to the Bears on Jan. 21 and pulled off a 69-67 overtime nail-biter in Stillwater on Feb. 6.

Oklahoma State is not a good shooting team (ranked 112th in the nation) and it has shown in the matchups against the Bears this season. On the other hand, the Cowboys are shooting 48.7 percent in their last three contests, and they've won four of their last five games, including a 76-70 victory over KSU to close off the regular season.

The Cowboys are still inconsistent, but top-three scorers Markel Brown, Marcus Smart and Le'Bryan Nash can get it done when they're in sync. All three scored in double figures against Kansas State.

Baylor's upset of Kansas came out of nowhere on March 9, but I see that as simply one of those games. Before the upset, Baylor had lost eight of its last 11 games.

I see Oklahoma State ultimately advancing, but don't be surprised if this game comes down to the last possession.

Prediction: Oklahoma State Advances

 

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