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2020 Big 12 Tournament: Schedule, Bracket, Recent History, TV/Streaming Info

Kansas and Baylor dominated the regular season, and it’s a good bet that one of the two will rise above the conference’s muddled middle-class in Kansas City.

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2020 Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament Basics

Dates

Wednesday, March 11th (first round); Thursday, March 12th (quarterfinals); Friday, March 13th (semifinals); Saturday, March 14th (championship)

Format

Traditional bracket

Site

Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri will host the Big 12 Tournament for the 11th season in a row and has the rights until 2024.

TV/Streaming Info

No, the Big 12 didn’t shift its tournament to ESPN+, something that happened to many of its key conference games this year. ESPNU has the first round on Wednesday, with ESPN2 airing Thursday and Friday’s semifinals on either ESPN or ESPN2. The championship game is on ESPN Saturday night before the ACC.

Participants

All 10 teams will play in this season’s event.

Downloadable Bracket

Schedule

First Round (Wed., March 11)

ESPNU will air both games.

Game 1: No. 9 Iowa State Cyclones (12-20, 5-13) 71, No. 8 Oklahoma State 72
The season series was a home split.

Game 2: No. 10 Kansas State 53, No. 7 TCU Horned Frogs (16-16, 7-11) 49
The Horned Frogs swept the season series.

Quarterfinals (Thu., March 12)

ESPN2 will air all four games.

Game 3: No. 5 Texas Tech Red Raiders (18-13, 9-9) vs. No. 4 Texas Longhorns (19-12, 9-9), 12:30 p.m.
The season series was a road split.

Game 4: No. 8 Oklahoma State Cowboys (18-14, 7-11) vs. No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks (28-3, 17-1), approx. 3 p.m.
The Jayhawks swept the season series.

Game 5: No. 10 Kansas State Wildcats (11-21, 3-15) vs. No. 2 Baylor Bears (26-4, 15-3), 7 p.m.
The Bears swept the season series.

Game 6: No. 6 West Virginia Mountaineers (21-10, 9-9) vs. No. 3 Oklahoma Sooners (19-12, 9-9), approx. 9:30 p.m.
The Sooners swept the season series.

Semifinals (Fri., March 13)

ESPN or ESPN2 will air both games.

Game 7: Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner, 7 p.m.
Game 8: Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner, approx. 9:30 p.m.

Championship (Sat., March 14)

Game 9: Semifinal winners, 6 p.m. (ESPN)

10-Year Mayhem Potential

Data from Bob Vetrone Jr. on Twitter.

Over the past 10 seasons, the No. 1 seed has won five Big 12 Tournament titles, with the No. 2 seed claiming two.

  • 1 seed (5): 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2018
  • 2 seed (2): 2012, 2015
  • 4 seed (2): 2014, 2017
  • 5 seed (1); 2019

10-Year NCAA Bid Totals

  • 7 bids (5): 2010 (9-7 record, 12 members), 2014 (6-7 record), 2015 (5-7 record), 2016 (9-7 record), 2018 (12-7 record)
  • 6 bids (3): 2012 (10-6 record), 2017 (9-6 record), 2019 (8-6 record)
  • 5 bids (2): 2011 (5-5 record, 12 members) 2013 (3-5 record)

The Big 12 has sent no fewer than five teams to the NCAA Tournament over the past 10 years. There’s a non-zero chance only four teams get in this time around, though five seems very likely.

Last Conference Tournament Championships

Iowa State: 2019 (5 seed)
Kansas: 2018 (1 seed)
West Virginia: 2010 (3 seed, Big East)
Oklahoma State: 2005 (3 seed)
Oklahoma: 2003 (3 seed)
Texas Tech: 1996 (1 seed, SWC)
Texas: 1995 (1 seed, SWC)
Kansas State: 1980 (2 seed, Big 8)

The last time a team not named Kansas or Iowa State won was 2012, with the now-departed Missouri Tigers taking the crown. It’s been 15 years since a current member other than the Jayhawks or Cyclones has won. K-State has a Big Eight tourney title, and West Virginia won in the Big East, while both Texas and Texas Tech recorded Southwest Conference titles in that league’s final years. TCU and Baylor, however, do not have conference tournament titles to their names.

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