Kansas Jayhawks guard Andrew Wiggins (22) and center Joel Embiid (21)
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The Big 12 Tournament tips off on Wednesday night before a fun quadruple-header on Thursday.
Kansas won the Big 12 title by two games, but Joel Embiid’s ailing back (and KU’s 12-4 record in league play) mean we coule be in for the most unpredictable Big 12 Tournament in a long time.
Here’s how the bracket will shake out.
Oklahoma State over Texas Tech. Marcus Smart has played well since returning from suspension, and the Cowboys are still fighting for seeding. OSU is thin, and a blowout on Wednesday may help keep the Pokes’ legs fresh for a possible deep run.
Baylor over TCU. Baylor’s average margin of victory in its first two games vs. the Frogs: 29.5 points. New uniforms from the Bears won’t alter that trend.
Iowa State over Kansas State. The Cyclones and Wildcats split their season series, and neither team won on the road. K-State may have an advantage in atmosphere in Kansas City, but Melvin Ejim has another big game. He’s averaging 25 points a game this year against the Wildcats.
Oklahoma over Baylor. These two teams have combined to win 12 of their last 14 games, but the Sooners win a tight one by winning on the boards and slowing down Kenny Chery.
West Virginia over Texas. The Longhorns are sliding and West Virginia is desperate. That is a bad combination for Rick Barnes’ team. Juwan Staten shows why he should have been a unanimous All-Big 12 selection.
Oklahoma State over Iowa State. Beating a team three times is never easy. It’s even tougher when it took a total of four overtimes to do it the first two times. Phil Forte shoots the Cowboys into the Big 12 final.
Oklahoma over West Virginia. The Sooners aren’t flashy, but Buddy Hield gets hot and Jordan Woodard slows down Juwan Staten enough to give us Bedlam in the Big 12 final.