Breaking down the Big 12 Tournament

  • Breaking down the Big 12 Tournament

Breaking down the Big 12 Tournament

Baylor, Kansas State and Texas have some work to do, which means quarterfinal victories are imperative if they want to solidify their respective resumes. Oklahoma State won 83-81 in overtime on January 20 in Stillwater.

Kansas: Having already clinched the Big 12 regular-season championship, their NCAA-record 14th in a row and their 61st overall conference title, also a record, the Jayhawks perhaps didn't start the contest with the required intensity to defeat a determined opponent, falling behind early and never having the lead all game, despite several nice runs and a strong comeback attempt that fell just short.

Tournament implications: Kansas' chances for a No. 1 seed took a hit with Saturday's loss but if it gets bounced in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament, that possibility would be completely by the wayside.

That's the first time Kansas has been swept by another Big 12 team under Self.

The Jayhawks will be gunning for a record 11th tournament championship next week.

Season series: Oklahoma won 109-89 in Norman on January 3. Trae Young scored a season and career high 48 points in the game in Stillwater.

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Plenty of variables are in play at the Big 12 tournament, but it appears a minimum of six teams will qualify for the NCAA tournament-and as many as eight could make it if results fall the right way. So Bill Self has now been swept in the regular season by a Big 12 foe for the first time ever.

In two of his past five regular-season games, Azubuike was close to ideal from the field while recording more than 20 points.

Season series: West Virginia swept both games, most recently a 71-60 win in Waco on February 20. No. 6 Baylor, 8 p.m.

Kansas needs the Azubuike from the February 17 West Virginia game and the contest against Texas February 26 to show up in order to thrive in Kansas City and beyond.

Senior guard Devonte' Graham scored a team-high 15 points, but no other player scored in double figures for Kansas.

No. 3 West Virginia vs.