Ninety Percent Of Big 12 Men’s Basketball Teams In Postseason Play
For the second consecutive season and second time in Conference history, the Big 12 will send 90 percent of its men’s basketball teams to postseason play. Six will compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship with two in the National Invitation Tournament and one in the CBI.
No. 6 seed Iowa State earned the Big 12’s automatic berth to the NCAA field after winning the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship. The Cyclones will be joined by No. 9 Baylor, No. 4 Kansas, No. 4 Kansas State, No. 9 Oklahoma and No. 3 Texas Tech.
TCU and Texas will play in the NIT, while West Virginia is in the CBI.
Oklahoma State is the only league team not participating in some form of March Madness.
The Big 12 leads the nation with 60 percent of teams in the NCAA Championship. This season marks the 10th in which the Big 12 has placed six teams in the NCAA field. The Big 12 has had six or more NCAA tournament teams in 15 of 22 years, including seven as a 10-member league.
Big 12 Postseason Schedule
Tuesday, March 19
South Dakota State at Texas (ESPN), 9:00 p.m. (NIT)
Wednesday, March 20
Grand Canyon at West Virginia, 7:00 p.m. (CBI)
Sam Houston State at TCU (ESPNU), 9:00 p.m. (NIT)
Thursday, March 21
No. 4 Kansas vs. No. 13 Northeastern in Salt Lake City (TNT), 3:30 p.m. (Midwest Regional)
No. 9 Baylor vs. No. 8 Syracuse in Salt Lake City (truTV), 9:30 p.m. (West Regional)
Friday, March 22
No. 9 Oklahoma vs. No. 8 Ole Miss in Columbia (truTV), 12:40 p.m. (South Regional)
No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 14 Northern Kentucky in Tulsa (TNT), 1:30 p.m. (West Regional)
No. 4 K-State vs. No. 13 UC Irvine in San Jose (TBS), 2:00 p.m. (South Regional)
No. 6 Iowa State vs. No. 11 Ohio State in Tulsa (TBS), 9:20 p.m. (Midwest Regional)
All times listed as Eastern.