Four Big 12 Teams Move On To The Sweet 16
It’s not just West Virginia’s men’s basketball team that is having a successful NCAA Tournament, but the Big 12 as a whole is having postseason success.
The Big 12 leads the nation with 40 percent of its teams advancing to the NCAA regional semifinals. Kansas, Kansas State, Texas Tech and West Virginia will continue “dancing,” as the Big 12 makes up one-fourth of the Sweet 16 field. The ACC also has four teams in the Sweet 16, while the Big Ten and SEC have two each. The other four Sweet 16 entrants come from the Mountain West (Nevada), Big East (Villanova), West Coast (Gonzaga) and Missouri Valley (Loyola-Chicago).
- This marks just the second time in Big 12 history that four teams have advanced to the Sweet 16 with the first occurring in 2002 when the league had 12 teams.
- For the third-consecutive season and the eighth time overall, the Big 12 has at least three teams in the Regional semifinals. The Big 12 has had at least one Sweet 16 team in all but one year in conference history, with multiple teams 15 times.
- The Big 12 has 10 appearances in the Regional semifinals since the 2016 tournament, one less than the top spot of 11. Seventy percent of Big 12 teams have advanced to a Sweet 16 within the last three seasons – Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and West Virginia.
- The Big 12 has placed two teams in the regional finals in five of the past 10 NCAA Championships (2008, ‘09, ‘10, ‘12, ‘16). Twelve times in the last 16 years at least one conference squad has advanced to the Elite Eight. In addition, the Big 12 has had 22 regional finalists in the past 15 years – the most of any conference during that span.
- Oklahoma State and Baylor both advanced to the second round of the NIT. Oklahoma State will play its second round game on Monday while Baylor ended its season with a one-point defeat to Mississippi State, 78-77, on Sunday. The Big 12 is the defending champion of the event after TCU won the 2017 title.
- For the first time in conference history, the Big 12 sent 90 percent of its men’s basketball teams to postseason play with seven in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and two in the National Invitation Tournament.
- The Big 12 is the first league since at least 1996-97 to accomplish the feat of 90 percent of its teams in postseason.
- The Big 12 led the nation with 70 percent of teams in the NCAA Championship. It marked the fifth time (2010, 2014, 2015, 2016) in Conference history that the league had seven NCAA bids and the fourth since the Big 12 became a 10-member league in 2011-12.
Big 12 Postseason Results/Schedule
NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament
Thursday, March 22
No. 9 Kansas State vs. No. 5 Kentucky [Atlanta] (CBS) 8:37 p.m.
Friday, March 23
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 5 Clemson [Omaha] (CBS) 6:07 p.m.
No. 5 West Virginia vs. No. 1 Villanova [Boston] (TBS) 6:27 p.m.
No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 2 Purdue [Boston] (TBS) 8:57 p.m.
Saturday, March 17
No. 1 Kansas 83, No. 8 Seton Hall 79 [Wichita] (TBS)
No. 3 Texas Tech 69, No. 6 Florida 66 [Dallas] (TNT)
Sunday, March 18
No. 9 Kansas State 50, No. 16 UMBC 43 [Charlotte) (truTV)
No. 5 West Virginia 94, No. 13 Marshall 71 [San Diego] (TBS)
Thursday, March 15
No. 7 Rhode Island 83, No. 10 Oklahoma 78 (OT) [Pittsburgh] (CBS)
No. 1 Kansas 76, No. 16 Penn 60 [Wichita] (TBS)
No. 3 Texas Tech 70, No. 14 SFA 60 [Dallas] (truTV)
Friday, March 16
No. 5 West Virginia 85, No. 12 Murray State 68 [San Diego] (TNT)
No. 7 Nevada 87, No. 10 Texas 83 (OT) [Nashville] (TBS)
No. 9 Kansas State 69, No. 8 Creighton 59 [Charlotte] (TNT)
No. 11 Syracuse 57, No. 6 TCU 52 [Detroit] (CBS)
National Invitation Tournament
Monday, March 19
Stanford at Oklahoma State (ESPNU) 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 18
Mississippi State 78, at Baylor 77 (ESPN)
Tuesday, March 13
at Baylor 80, Wagner 59 (ESPN2)
at Oklahoma State 80, Florida Gulf Coast 68 (ESPN2)