The Big 12 Tournament begins today with two games. The 8th seeded Kansas St. Wildcats take on the 9th seeded TCU Horned Frogs. The Wildcats despite a losing record, has beaten five ranked teams, which pretty bizarre. They aren’t on anyone’s bubble either, but have the ability to make run in this tournament and compete with the conference’s best. The Horned Frogs were solid in non-conference (13-0), even cracking the AP’s rankings. Then conference play started and it was a rude awakening for Horned Frogs who began it with a 1-10 record. Their season could be best understood by how it feels to peak and then hit rock bottom. The other contest is the 7th seeded Texas Longhorns against the 10th seeded Texas Tech Raiders. The Longhorns looked like a virtual lock to be in the NCAA tournament, however a stretch where they only won three of eight games had them on outside looking in. They have since bounced back somewhat, with two straight wins, one in which was over the Baylor Bears. The Red Raiders enjoyed somewhat of a strong non-conference play, but like many others, were hit hard come conference play began. The Red Raiders were either a punching bag or fairly competitive, which just spells inconsistency anyways.
As for a tournament winner, I got to go with the Kansas Jayhawks. I really like the Baylor Bears too, but they are on the wrong side of the bracket for me to side with them. The Jayhawks are what I believe to be an underrated team, but I can see why people would think otherwise. The blowout losses to the Kentucky Wildcats and Temple Owls are concerning, as well as the loss to the Kansas St. Wildcats. But, how many other teams have beaten nine ranked teams? If Perry Ellis’s shoulder is fine and he is good to go, look for the Jayhawks to take the Big 12 tournament.