The Big 12 tournament may be the most challenging of all for its competitors. With three teams ranked within the top 16 in the nation and five teams with at least 10 conference wins, this event is sure to be one of the most action packed in March.
Kansas is the favorite to take home the Big 12 crown; however, Oklahoma and Iowa State are nipping at the Jayhawks' heels. Also, teams such as Baylor and Oklahoma State cannot be counted out, as they have the tools to become huge factors.
This is surely one tournament that shouldn't be missed. Let's take a look at the tournament's seeds, odds and schedule, as well as give a prediction as to how all of the action may unfold.
What: 2014 Big 12 Conference tournament
Where: Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.
When: March 12-15
Live Stream: WatchESPN
|Big 12 Tournament Seeds and Projected Odds|
|Sean O'Donnell's Projected Odds|
|Big 12 Tournament Schedule|
|Time (ET)||Team 1||Team 2||TV Info|
|Wed., March 12|
|7 p.m.||No. 8 Oklahoma State||No. 9 Texas Tech||Big12N|
|9:30 p.m.||No. 7 Baylor||No. 10 TCU||Big12N|
|Thurs., March 13|
|12:30 p.m.||No. 4 Iowa State||No. 5 Kansas State||ESPN2|
|3 p.m.||No. 1 Kansas||Game 1 Winner||ESPN2|
|7 p.m.||No. 2 Oklahoma||Game 2 Winner||Big12N|
|9:30 p.m.||No. 3 Texas||No. 4 West Virginia||Big12N|
|Fri., March 14|
|7 p.m.||Game 3 Winner||Game 4 Winner||ESPNU|
|9:30 p.m.||Game 5 Winner||Game 6 Winner||ESPNU|
|Sat., March 15|
|9:30 p.m.||Game 7 Winner||Game 8 Winner||ESPN|
Full tournament bracket can be found on Big12Sports.com.
In the first round of action, we have Oklahoma State taking on Texas Tech. After the return of Marcus Smart from suspension, the Cowboys have been rolling. They'll continue to roll here and advance forward. Baylor should not have a tough time with a TCU team that finished the regular season with a conference record of 0-18.
The quarterfinals brings some serious action. Kansas State took care of business the last time the team met Iowa State; however, the Cyclones' seventh-ranked offense will light up and advance the team through to the semifinals.
Texas manhandled West Virginia twice during the regular season, and they will continue that trend in the quarterfinals. Oklahoma State's run comes to an end here, as Kansas is just too much to handle. Baylor will make it a close contest with Oklahoma, but the Sooners' eighth-ranked offense will prevail.
Kansas was able to outscore the high-octane Iowa State offense twice during the regular season. Even though Joel Embiid will miss the tournament with a back injury, per USA Today's Daniel Uthman, the Jayhawks will still manage to grab the win here.
Oklahoma beat Texas in decisive fashion during the team's last meeting on March 1. Since then, the Sooners have been lighting up scoreboards and will continue to do so as they send the Longhorns home.
This brings us to the final match between Kansas and Oklahoma.
The last time these teams met, the Jayhawks won by a score of 83-75. However, in that game, Joel Embiid recorded 12 points and 13 rebounds. This is where his absence will hurt Kansas, as they lose the final game by a small margin to Oklahoma.
Tournament Winner: Oklahoma