Big 12 bracket taking shape, but still some jockeying for position left to go

With one game left for each team in the Big 12, the tournament bracket is beginning to take shape.

Kansas and Kansas State have locked up the top 2 seeds, though both will be looking for wins Saturday to secure the top seed in the Big 12 Championship.

Kansas State (25-5, 14-3) tips off first Saturday, at Oklahoma State at 12:30 p.m. CT. A win will lock up at least a share of their first conference title since 1977. If they win and Kansas loses later at Baylor, the Wildcats will win the Big 12 outright and be the No. 1 seed.

If K-State wins, Kansas (26-4, 14-3) can share the conference title with a win over Baylor. If Kansas State loses and Kansas wins, the Jayhawks be outright Big 12 champions.

If both teams lose Saturday (or if both win), they'll share the conference title and Kansas will be the No. 1 seed because of their two head-to-head victories over K-State.

Moving down the bracket, Oklahoma State's loss Wednesday night to Iowa State eliminated them from contention for a shared conference title and puts them in danger of falling from the 3-seed to the 4.

If the Cowboys (22-7, 12-5) lose Saturday to Iowa State and Oklahoma wins at TCU, both teams will finish the Big 12 season at 12-6. The teams split their regular season matchups, so according to Big 12 Championship tiebreaker rules, the Sooners would move ahead of Oklahoma State by way of a 2-0 mark against Baylor (after head-to-head, the Big 12 uses record against highest-finishing conference teams as a tiebreaker and both would have identical records against Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State).

If Oklahoma State beats Kansas State Saturday, they'll lock up the 3-seed.

Oklahoma (20-9, 11-6), as mentioned above, can sneak into that third seed with a win and a Cowboys loss, but could also slip to 5th with a loss, an Iowa State win over West Virginia, a Kansas State win over Oklahoma State and a Baylor win over Kansas (tiebreaker would go to Cyclones because of their victory over Kansas State).

Iowa State (20-9, 10-7) is currently fifth in the conference and can only move up in the scenario listed above.

Baylor (17-13, 8-9) has locked into the No. 6 seed in the 2013 Big 12 Championship.

The six teams mentioned above - Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Iowa State and Baylor - have all guaranteed themselves a first-round bye in the Big 12 tournament.

That leaves Texas, West Virginia, Texas Tech and TCU fighting for the 7 through 10 seeds and positioning in next Wednesday's opening round action.

Texas Tech (10-18, 3-14) and TCU 10-20, 1-16) have locked up the 9 and 10-seeds, respectively, and are awaiting their Wednesday night opponents.

West Virginia and Texas are tied with 6-11 conference records, but West Virginia (13-17 overall) holds the tiebreaker with two regular season victories over the Longhorns 14-16 overall). A Mountaineer victory or a Texas loss gives WVU the 7-seed and a date with 10-seed TCU. If the Longhorns win and West Virginia loses, Texas would get the 7 and matchup with TCU.

Below is a look at Saturday's schedule for the final day of Big 12 regular season basketball and the Big 12 Championship schedule, if the season were to end today.

Saturday:

Kansas State at Oklahoma State  12:30 p.m. 
Iowa State at West Virginia  12:30 p.m. 
Texas at Texas Tech  3:00 p.m. 
Oklahoma at TCU  4:00 p.m. 
Kansas at Baylor  5:00 p.m.

Big 12 Championship Schedule (with seeds as of Thursday, March 7, 2013:

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

GAME 1
No. 8 Texas vs. No. 9 Texas Tech 
6 p.m. Big 12 Network
Texas would play in only its fifth-ever first-round game, while Texas Tech would look to get above .500 in opening round action (7-7).

GAME 2
No. 7 West Virginia vs No. 10 TCU
8:30 p.m. Big 12 Network
Each in their inaugural season in the Big 12, West Virginia and TCU would face each other for a chance to move on.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

GAME 3
No. 4 Oklahoma  vs No. 5 Iowa State (19-9, 9-6)
11:30 a.m. ESPN2
Iowa State hopes to snap an 8-game tournament losing streak this year. Oklahoma is 1-1 all-time in the Big 12 Championship against Iowa State.

GAME 4
No. 1 Kansas (24-4, 12-3) vs GAME 1 winner
2 p.m. ESPN2
Kansas would be the No. 1 seed for the fifth-straight year and 10th time in 17 trips to the Big 12 Championship.

GAME 5
No. 2 Kansas State vs GAME 2 winner
6 p.m. Big 12 Network
The only other time Kansas State was as high as a 2-seed was in 2010 when they lost to No. 1 Kansas in the Big Championship final game.

GAME 6
No. 3 Oklahoma State  vs No. 6 Baylor (17-11, 8-7)
8:30 p.m. Big 12 Network
Baylor fell to 0-2 in Big 12 Championship final games last year vs Missouri. This would be Oklahoma State's highest seeding since their last tournament title in 2005.

Friday, March 15, 2013

GAME

7
GAME 3 winner vs GAME 4 winner
6:30 p.m. ESPNU

GAME 8
GAME 5 winner vs GAME 6 winner
9 p.m. Big 12 Network or ESPNU

Saturday, March 16, 2013

GAME 9
Big 12 title game: GAME 7 winner vs GAME 8 winner
5 p.m. ESPN

All times Central

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