The regular season is over, so the final standings and seedings are set. Click to see the bracket and TV schedule for the 2012 Big 12 Tournament.
The Big 12 Tournament tips off on March 7th, and while Missouri’s days in the conference may be numbered, the Tigers look like the favorites along with perennial league power Kansas.
Tournament Site: Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
Tournament Dates and TV Coverage:
- First Round: Wednesday, March 7th at 6:00 and 8:30 (Big 12 Network)
- Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 8th at 11:30, 2:00, 6:00, and 8:30 (ESPN2/Big 12 Network)
- Semifinals: Friday, March 9th at 6:30 and 9:00 (ESPNU)
- Championship: Saturday, March 10th at 5:00 (ESPN)
Seeding/Bracket Notes: The top six seeds receive byes to the Quarterfinals on Thursday, March 8th.
Big 12 Tournament Outlook
Despite losing the top three scorers from last year’s conference champs and seeing many of their top recruits ruled ineligible, Kansas just keeps on winning. Through 15 league games, they are 13-2 and can clinch a share of the regular season title with a win over Missouri this weekend. The Jayhawks are led by Player of the Year candidate Thomas Robinson (17.4 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 54.0 FG%), who has been a double-double machine throughout the season. Veteran guard Tyshawn Taylor (16.5 ppg, 5.0 apg, 43.0 3P%) has stepped his game up as a senior, and big man Jeff Withey (9.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.4 bpg) has been a revelation inside, particularly in conference play.
First-year coach Frank Haith has done a fantastic job at Missouri, leading the Tigers to a 25-3 record. The Tigers lost Laurence Bowers to a knee injury prior to the season, which has forced them to play a four-guard lineup and essentially a seven-man rotation. Mizzou boasts the nation’s most efficient offense and five players scoring at least 9.9 points per game, led by guard Marcus Denmon (17.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 40.0 3P%).
Baylor has the most raw talent in the league, but they were swept by both Kansas and Missouri, losing those four games by a total of 48 points. With players like Perry Jones III (13.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg), Pierre Jackson (12.7 ppg, 5.9 apg, 43.6 3P%), Quincy Acy (12.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.1 bpg), and Quincy Miller (12.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg), a tournament run is definitely possible, but questions about their toughness and Scott Drew’s ability to make in-game adjustments linger as the season winds down.
The other teams to watch are Iowa State, Kansas State, and Texas. The Cyclones already have 10 conference wins and have one of the nation’s most versatile players in Royce White (12.9 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 5.0 apg). K-State had been struggling but just pulled off a pair of road wins at Baylor and Mizzou to solidify their NCAA position, while Texas may need to win a game or two in the conference tournament just to earn an at-large bid.
With six teams who are at least in the NCAA conversation, this should be an entertaining tournament to watch. The #3 vs. #6 and #4 vs. #5 games should be the highlights of the Quarterfinals, while the Semis are sure to feature at least a couple of the country’s elite teams.
Big 12 Tournament History: Champions and MOPs
|Year||Big 12 Tournament Champion||Score||Big 12 Tournament Runner-Up||MOP||Site|
|1997||#1 Kansas||87-60||#10 Missouri||Paul Pierce, Kansas||Kansas City|
|1998||#1 Kansas||72-58||#3 Oklahoma||Paul Pierce, Kansas||Kansas City|
|1999||#3 Kansas||53-37||#5 Oklahoma State||Jeff Boschee, Kansas||Kansas City|
|2000||#1 Iowa State||70-58||#3 Oklahoma||Marcus Fizer, Iowa State||Kansas City|
|2001||#3 Oklahoma||54-45||#4 Texas||Nolan Johnson, Oklahoma||Kansas City|
|2002||#2 Oklahoma||64-55||#1 Kansas||Hollis Price, Oklahoma||Kansas City|
|2003||#3 Oklahoma||49-47||#5 Missouri||Hollis Price, Oklahoma||Dallas|
|2004||#1 Oklahoma State||65-49||#2 Texas||Tony Allen, Oklahoma State||Dallas|
|2005||#3 Oklahoma State||72-68||#4 Texas Tech||Joey Graham, Oklahoma State||Kansas City|
|2006||#2 Kansas||80-68||#1 Texas||Mario Chalmers, Kansas||Dallas|
|2007||#1 Kansas||88-84||#3 Texas||Kevin Durant, Texas||Oklahoma City|
|2008||#3 Kansas||84-74||#1 Texas||Brandon Rush, Kansas||Kansas City|
|2009||#3 Missouri||73-60||#9 Baylor||DeMarre Carroll, Missouri||Oklahoma City|
|2010||#1 Kansas||72-64||#2 Kansas State||Sherron Collins, Kansas||Kansas City|
|2011||#1 Kansas||85-73||#2 Texas||Marcus Morris, Kansas||Kansas City|
|2012||#2 Missouri||90-75||#4 Baylor||Kim English, Missouri||Kansas City|
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