Who will take home the Big 12 championship: Oklahoma State or Texas?
Both programs were not expected to be here at the start of the season, but for different reasons. The Pokes were issued a postseason ban last summer because of recruiting violations related to the previous staff, but appealed the decision and have not gotten a final ruling; that made OSU eligible to play in the Big 12 tournament and in next week’s NCAA Tournament. And Texas has been one of the more surprising teams in college basketball this season.
No. 5 seed Oklahoma State beat No. 1 Baylor 83-74, an upset win that highlights two things: Cade Cunningham (25 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists) remains really good at basketball, and coach Mike Boynton is an emerging star in the sport.
Avery Anderson also had 20 points for OSU, and the Pokes held Baylor, a likely No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, to sub-40 percent shooting on the night. For the second-straight night, almost all of the Bears’ offense came from the trio of MaCio Teague, Davion Mitchell and Jared Butler.
The Texas-Kansas semifinal matchup in the Big 12 tournament Friday night was canceled, the league announced, following a positive COVID-19 test and subsequent quarantining and contact tracing within the Jayhawks program.
Kansas will remain in Kansas City in preparation for the NCAA Tournament, per the school.
Seven teams are locked into the NCAA tournament, according to Eamonn Brennan’s Bubble Watch, but seeding is at play. Check out Brian Bennett’s latest Bracket Watch here.
The tournament will conclude on Saturday night with the championship game. The full schedule, seeding, bracket, TV information and betting odds can be see below. We’ll regularly update this post with results and updated odds.
Previous tournament champions
2020: No tournament (COVID-19)
2019: Iowa State
2017: Iowa State
2015: Iowa State
2014: Iowa State
2005: Oklahoma State
2004: Oklahoma State
2000: Iowa State
Tournament odds as of Friday morning
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How to watch, stream the tournament
The tournament will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks with first-round games being broadcast on ESPNU. Other games will be broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2. All games will be streamed on WatchESPN. If you don’t have a cable authentication login, you can subscribe to YouTube TV or Hulu Live.
Brian Bennett’s pick
Baylor (-145). Have you heard of these guys? They’re pretty good.
Not much drama here. The Big 12 has seven teams locked into being tournament teams.
Locks: Baylor, Kansas, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Texas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma
Note: All times Eastern
Quarterfinals – Thurs., March 11
Game 3: No. 5 Oklahoma State def. No. 4 West Virginia, 72-69
Game 4: No. 1 Baylor def. No. 9 Kansas State, 74-68
Game 5: No. 2 Kansas def. 7 Oklahoma, 69-62
Game 6: No. 3 Texas def. No. 6 Texas Tech, 67-66
Semifinals – Fri., March 12
Game 7: No. 5 Oklahoma State def. No. 1 Baylor, 83-74
Game 8: No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 3 Texas, CANCELED
Championship game – Sat., March 13
Game 9: Oklahoma State vs. Texas, 6 p.m. on ESPN
Click here for a printable NCAA Tournament bracket to fill out on Selection Sunday.
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