The upcoming Big 12 Tournament has essentially no implications on which men's hoops squads will be playing in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. Barring an unforeseen Cinderella run, the berths have been decided. But this doesn't preclude the Big 12 Tournament from providing a slate of entertaining games. Nor does it mean that the Big 12 teams have nothing to play for.
While Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor, Texas A&M, Mizzou, Oklahoma State, and Texas are in the NCAA tournament as at-large bids no matter what results the Big 12 Tournament bring, the top teams will be looking to display their best basketball to the tournament committee as they joust for seeding in the Big Dance.
Can Kansas State climb back up to a No. 2 seed in the Big Dance, or a potential No. 1 seed? Can Baylor get to the conference tournament finals again this year, and grab a seed higher than its projected No. 6 seed? Will Texas regain its form and establish itself as a championship contender?
Even without the bubble drama of other conference tourneys, The Big 12 Tournament will serve up high-level hoops for its own sake. Tune in to watch good basketball, and see many of the nation's top teams battle it out for national spotlight and Big 12 supremacy.
Here are 10 things to watch for in the Big 12 tourney.