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Baylor Will Play Iowa State at 11:30 on Thursday in Big 12 Tournament; Six Other Big 12 Seeds Locked

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We know Baylor’s first game opponent

Baylor will take on Iowa State at 11:30 on Thursday in the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City. The Bears are locked into the No. 4 seed. Iowa State is locked into the No. 5 seed.

If Baylor loses to Kansas, then the Bears are 10-8. Iowa State could also finish 10-8, but Baylor swept the Cyclones. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head, and that would settle the seeds.

If Baylor beats Kansas, then both Baylor and Kansas would finish 11-7 in the league. The head-to-head between Baylor and Kansas would be split 1-1. We’d then turn to the next tiebreaker:

Each team’s record versus the team occupying the highest position in the final regular season standings, and then continuing down through the standings until one team gains an advantage. When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team’s record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior to that group’s own tiebreaking procedures), rather than the performance against individual tied teams. The lone exception to this guideline would be if there are only two tied teams in the group placement and one of the teams won both regular-season games. In this instance, the tie is deemed broken and comparison of the seed rather than the placement will be utilized.

Kansas State or Texas Tech will be the league’s highest finishing teams. Both Kansas and Baylor split against Texas Tech. But Baylor was swept by Kansas State. Kansas has a victory over them. That means that regardless of who finishes first or second in the league, Baylor’s two losses to Kansas State will give Kansas the No. 3 seed.

Iowa State, with a win would finish 10-8. That guarantees them the No. 5 seed as mentioned above.

With a loss, Iowa State would finish 9-9. If Texas beat TCU, they could also finish 9-9. The teams split the season series, which means head-to-head doesn’t break the tie. We’d then turn to the second tiebreaker. Each team split their series with Kansas State. But Iowa State has a win over Texas Tech. Texas was swept by Texas Tech. That means Iowa State wins the second tiebreaker, and they will be the No. 5 seed.

Texas is locked as the No. 6 seed. They win a tiebreaker over Oklahoma—if both teams end up tied—because Texas split with Baylor, and Oklahoma was swept by them (they have the same results against team’s No. 1-3 in the league).

Oklahoma is locked at No. 7. If they tie with TCU, they win the tiebreaker. Oklahoma swept TCU.

TCU is locked at No. 8.

The winner of Oklahoma State-West Virginia on Saturday will be the No. 9 seed. The winner will have a better conference record.

That sets up these games:

Wednesday:

6 PM- 8) TCU v. 9) Winner of Oklahoma State-TCU this Saturday

8:30 PM- 7) Oklahoma v. 10) Loser of Oklahoma State-TCU this Saturday

Thursday:

11:30 a.m.- 4) Baylor v. 5) ISU

1:30 p.m. or 30 minutes after first game 1) KSU or Texas Tech v. winner of TCU v. No. 9 seed

6 p.m.- 2) KSU or Texas Tech v. winner of Oklahoma v. No. 10 seed

8:30 p.m. or 30 minutes after third game 3) Kansas v. 6) Texas