Busting Brackets

NCAA Basketball: Predicted Winners of last 17 Conference Tournaments of 2023-24

Championship Week is here that means in 7 days it will be Selection Sunday. There is still some bids to hand out though and who will get those bids?

Kentucky guard Justin Edwards (1) and Kentucky forward Ado Thiero (3) on the court during an NCAA
Kentucky guard Justin Edwards (1) and Kentucky forward Ado Thiero (3) on the court during an NCAA / Caitie McMekin/News Sentinel / USA TODAY
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Big 12

Dates: March 12th-16th
Location: T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, MO
Top Seed: Houston Cougars
Winner: Kansas Jayhawks

The team that wins the Big 12 is anyone’s guess. The league is loaded, and the league is going to get a ton of teams into the NCAA tournament and very few of them are not capable of winning the league. The Kansas Jayhawks, a team many media members picked to win the NCAA tournament and be a surefire one seed. The Jayhawks have underachieved in that regard and finished in the lowest spot in the Big 12 since Bill Self took over the program. Even though the Jayhawks have struggled, at least by their standards, to this point they still have one of the most dangerous rosters in the sport.

Hunter Dickinson is the standout post who can step out and shoot a three and will dominate inside. Couple him with a walking triple-double in Lance McCullers, who is currently injured, and a pass-first and defensive-minded point guard in DeJuan Harris, and Kansas looks the part of a title contender. The injuries are concerning but Kansas is too good to play at this level all season. Give me the Jayhawks in Kansas City.

*Both Hunter Dickinson and Kevin McCullar have been ruled out of the Big 12 Tournament

Sleeper: BYU Cougars

Mark Pope should get serious consideration for the Big 12 coach of the year. How he has turned the BYU program around in their first year in the best conference in the sport is unbelievable. The Cougars have shooters everywhere and take the second-most threes of anyone in the country. They make a lot of threes as well. In addition to that BYU plays extremely fast and gets out in transition. When they are making shots they are almost impossible to beat.

BYU has already beaten Kansas in Lawrence and they are a dangerous squad when the ball gets tipped in Kansas City because of their ability to change the game on offense and force you to play at a pace you are not comfortable with. BYU can beat anyone in the league, and they can lose to anyone in the league.