Big 12 Basketball expects to have the majority of the league playing in the NCAA tournament. Where do those teams stand in terms of Bracketology with just two weeks before Selection Sunday?
Big 12 Basketball is just weeks away from having the most teams in the NCAA tournament out of all high-major conferences. While the SEC and ACC could come close, the Big 12 is in the driver’s seat when it comes to tournament representation.
Before we talk about who should be in, let’s go over who won’t be in.
No chance of making the NCAA Tournament as an at-large
West Virginia Mountaineers
This season has been lost from the start for West Virginia. While the Mountaineers have picked it up lately, it’s too little too late for West Virginia, who has just three wins in conference play. Between injuries, top players leaving the program, and just an overall drop-off in talent, the Mountaineers will be watching any postseason tournament at home.
Oklahoma State Cowboys
Unlike West Virginia, the Oklahoma State Cowboys didn’t have tournament expectations heading into the season. With just three wins to their own name in conference play, Oklahoma State has zero chance of doing anything in the Big 12 tournament, and even though they have played both Texas Tech and Kansas closely in the past week, they should be an easy out in the Big 12 tournament.
Now that we’ve gotten the two outliers out of the way, we can talk about the seeding for the other eight teams in the Big 12.
The Big 12’s seeds should be fairly well spread-out this time around. They certainly won’t have a one or two seed, but Texas Tech or Kansas could make late runs at a three seed. Past that, expect the Big 12 to have teams as four, five, seven, nine, ten and possibly eleven seeds.
The spread out seeding amongst Big 12 teams is just an example of how balanced the league has been this season. Typically the Big 12 has at least one one-seed, and one or two more two/three seeds, but this season, the Big 12 will have plenty middle seeds, which bodes well for the league’s success in the tournament.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone that has a Big 12 team atop their brackets, but the Big 12 will be well-repped in the tournament, and obviously given the level of teams from the Big 12, they’ll have a chance at their first tournament champion since Kansas in 2008.
Anyways, let’s take a look at where the eight Big 12 teams stand with Selection Sunday just two weeks away.