With the NCAA tournament brackets on the way, conference championships are the first priority. The Big 12 Tournament 2013 bracket revealed Kansas once again as a top seed and the favorite to win it all in the conference. They'll be vying with the likes of Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Baylor, who just recently defeated the Jayhawks. Viewers will be able to see many of the games on television or on live streaming video feed.
A recent article on March 11 from CNN SI breaks down all of the important background info on this year's tournament. It's no surprise that writer Brian Hamilton has chosen Kansas as his pick to win it but believes the sleeper team here could be the Iowa State Cyclones. Hamilton mentioned the previous overtime loss Iowa State suffered to Kansas and said of their chances to defeat Kansas in this upcoming tourney:
"Fred Hoiberg’s Cyclones can score it, ranking eighth in the nation in adjusted offensive efficiency (117.1). If Iowa State survives Oklahoma, it can put a scare in Kansas, especially if that bad taste has lingered since late February."
The Big 12 tournament officially gets started on Wednesday, March 13, with games to be played at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The first round will feature #8 seed West Virginia playing #9 seed Texas Tech at 7 p.m. EST, and #7 seed Texas taking on #10 seed TCU at 9:30 p.m. EST. Both games will be live streaming on ESPN3/WatchESPN, the broadband sports network from ESPN.
The second round has top seeded Kansas awaiting the winner of WVU vs. TTU with the time to be announced. The #2 seed Kansas State awaits the winner of Texas and TCU. Meanwhile, #4 seed Oklahoma will play #5 seed Iowa State at 12:30 p.m. EST and #3 seed Oklahoma State will play #6 Baylor at 9:30 p.m. EST. All four of the second round games should also be live streaming online on ESPN3.
The Big 12 tournament schedule brings the semifinals on March 15th, with the championship game on Saturday, March 16th, at 6 p.m. EST on ESPN. Viewers can watch the game on Cox Cable channel 25 in Roanoke.