2012 Big 12 Tournament Preview, Prediction, Bracket, and TV Schedule

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.

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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.

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Jon Hamm and Jason Sudeikis would like to see Kansas and Missouri duke it out one more time before Missouri heads to the SEC. (Photo by KU Alumni Association via ESPN.com)

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

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Via Big12Sports.com

2012 Big 12 Tournament TV Schedule and Results

Game Date Matchup Time TV
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

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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

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About Andy Bottoms

While Andy was born and raised in Indiana, he would like to point out that he grew up shooting hoops in his driveway and not against the side of a barn like you see in all the March Madness promos or in the middle of a field like Jimmy Chitwood. Andy ranks among the top bracketologists according to the Bracket Matrix and has provided his projections to Fox Sports for the past three seasons. When not compiling excuses for missing work during the NCAA Tournament, Andy enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. He is a proud IU graduate and co-hosts The Assembly Call postgame show following every IU game. Twitter: @AndyBottoms

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