Led by Player of the Year candidate Thomas Robinson, Kansas extended their run of supremacy in the Big 12 by going 16-2 and claiming the regular season title. They will look to make it a make it a clean sweep when the Big 12 Tournament tips off on Wednesday.
- Site: Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO
- Big 12 Tournament Website
- Printable Big 12 Tournament Bracket
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Big 12 Tournament Preview
The Jayhawks lost a number of key players from last season’s conference champs, but Bill Self has managed to keep his team atop the league.
Robinson has been a double-double machine as many predicted prior to the season, but Tyshawn Taylor and Jeff Withey have both had terrific seasons as well. Taylor is playing the best basketball of his career with 73 points over the last three games. For the season, he’s averaging 17.2 points and 4.9 assists while hitting over 43 percent from beyond the arc. Withey has been a revelation inside, making a difference with his shot-blocking and rebounding.
Most fans without a rooting interest are hoping to see round three of Kansas and Missouri in the finals.
The Tigers boast the nation’s most efficienct offense, and first year coach Frank Haith deserves a ton of credit for the coaching job he turned in, particularly after losing forward Laurence Bowers prior to the start of the season. Mizzou relies on strong guard play from the likes of Marcus Denmon and Flip Pressey, while forward Ricardo Ratliffe is hitting over 70 percent from the field.
Iowa State, Baylor, and Kansas State are all safely in the NCAA Tournament field and are playing to improve their seed.
Cyclones forward Royce White is a matchup nightmare based on his versatility, and senior guard Scott Christopher has a sweet stroke from beyond the arc. The Bears are loaded with talent but finished just 2-6 against other teams in the top half of the league, while K-State has won four of their last five behind tough defense and standout play from Rodney McGruder.
Texas is the lone bubble team in the Big 12. In light of their poor record against the RPI Top 100, the Longhorns need to pick up a couple wins in the Big 12 Tournament in order to earn an invite to the Big Dance.
Big 12 Tournament Prediction
If this year has taught me anything, it’s that I shouldn’t pick against Kansas, so the Jayhawks are my choice to win it.
The basketball fan in me would love to see Kansas and Missouri face off in the Championship Game with a potential one seed on the line, particularly since their first two matchups were among the best games of the season. But look out for Iowa State, who will be a tough out in this event.
Big 12 Tournament Bracket
2012 Big 12 Tournament TV Schedule and Results
|1||Wed, March 7||#9 Texas A&M def #8 Oklahoma 62-53||6:00 ET||B12Network|
|2||Wed, March 7||#7 Oklahoma State def #10 Texas Tech 76-60||8:30 ET||B12Network|
|3||Thu, March 8||#4 Baylor def #5 Kansas State 82-74||11:30 AM||ESPN2|
|4||Thu, March 8||#1 Kansas def #9 Texas A&M 83-66||2:00 ET||ESPN2|
|5||Thu, March 8||#2 Missouri def #7 Oklahoma State 88-70||6:00 ET||B12Network|
|6||Thu, March 8||#6 Texas def #3 Iowa State 71-65||8:30 ET||ESPN2|
|7||Fri, March 9||#4 Baylor def #1 Kansas 81-72||6:30 ET||B12Network/ESPNU|
|8||Fri, March 9||#2 Missouri def #6 Texas 81-67||9:00 ET||B12Network/ESPNU|
|9||Sat, March 10||Big 12 Championship Game: #2 Missouri def #4 Baylor 90-75||5:00 ET||ESPN|
And here is a rundown of the history of the Big 12 Tournament, which as you can see, has been fairly well dominated by Kansas.
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|