Big 12 Tournament 2014: Day 2 Schedule, Live Stream Info and Bracket Predictions

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Big 12 Tournament 2014: Day 2 Schedule, Live Stream Info and Bracket Predictions
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The Big 12 is arguably the strongest college basketball conference in the entire country, and its excellence will be on display at the league’s tournament in Kansas City through Saturday’s final.

Oklahoma State and Baylor picked up opening-round victories on Wednesday over Texas Tech and TCU, respectively, meaning it is time for the competition to improve on Day 2.

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Kansas, behind the fan support it is sure to receive so close to home, will be battling for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, while plenty of other teams will be fighting for positioning come Selection Sunday.

One unique thing about the Big 12 at this point in the year is the fact that there aren’t really any bubble squads. The Jayhawks, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas, Kansas State and Iowa State are all safely in, via Eamonn Brennan of ESPN.com.

But the Cowboys, who were on the bubble for much of the season, could find themselves with an impressive seed on Selection Sunday if Andy Katz of ESPN.com is to be believed: "Oklahoma State can get up to a No. 5 or 4 if the Cowboys win at least two games in the Big 12 tournament. The talent would scream to be in the No. 3 range if OSU hadn't lost seven straight. The Cowboys have looked like a Final Four contender the past two weeks." 

Here is a glance at what the bracket looked like heading into the tournament, via the Big 12 Conference:

Let’s take a look at the Day 2 schedule and then dig into some Thursday predictions.

 

No. 4 Iowa State vs. No. 5 Kansas State

Time: 12:30 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN 2 

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 8 Oklahoma State

Time: 3 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN 2 

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 7 Baylor

Time: 7 p.m. ET

TV: Big 12 Network 

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

No. 3 Texas vs. No. 6 West Virginia

Time: 9:30 p.m. ET

TV: Big 12 Network 

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

Thursday Predictions

Oklahoma State Shakes Up the Bracket

Good luck finding a better conference tournament game between a No. 1 seed and a No. 8 seed than what the Big 12 has to offer.

Oklahoma State, which has won five of its past six contests and looks like a completely new team with Marcus Smart back in the fold following his three game suspension, will take on Kansas for the third time this year.

The Cowboys and Jayhawks split the two regular-season meetings, with the home team winning each time.

However, due to back issues, Joel Embiid will not play.

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Even if he did, Smart would know how to get him into foul trouble, as he did on March 1, if the Oklahoma State star’s postgame comments are any indication, via ESPN.com: "I was always taught that you've got to attack the shot blocker. You've got to attack his body and chop him down a little bit. Take his legs from under him and that makes him a little shorter."

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In the first contest, the Cowboys trailed by 17 on Jan. 18 in Lawrence before storming back and eventually losing by only two. They have clearly been the better team in the past three halves these two squads have played.

Looking forward, a win over Kansas would throw Oklahoma State into consideration for an impressive seed on Selection Sunday. 

It would also put the selection committee on the spot in terms of deciding whether to seed the Cowboys according to their actual record or what kind of team they are with Smart.

 

Baylor Does the Same

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Oklahoma beat Baylor twice during the regular season and will get a third chance in the Big 12 quarterfinals.

However, knocking off a team three times in the same year, especially a squad as talented as the Bears, is incredibly difficult. Cory Jefferson, Isaiah Austin and Kenny Cherry will be too much for the Sooners to contain on the offensive end.

Baylor is one of the hottest teams in the country, winning seven out of eight in a stretch that includes victories over Iowa State and Oklahoma State. 

Look for the top two seeds in the Big 12 tournament to bow out early in Kansas City.

 

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