The Big 12 is one of, if not the, deepest basketball conferences in the nation.
That depth and challenge has been recognized by ESPN’s Joe Lunardi, who projects that seven Big 12 teams will make it to the NCAA Tournament.
Kansas comes in with a no. 1 seed in the Midwest, with Texas Tech in the same region as a no. 11 seed. Oklahoma is at no. 9 and West Virginia is at no. 3 in the East. In the West, Texas is at no. 8 and Baylor comes in at no. 6. Finally, in the South, TCU is projected to snag a no. 7 seed.
That’s a solid 70 percent of the conference making the postseason. Only Oklahoma State, Kansas State, and Iowa State are projected to miss March Madness.
The Big 12 race is going to be a tight one, even though Kansas is the clear top tier team. Nearly every team in the conference is strong at this point in time, so much that Iowa State, who tied for second in the conference last year, is projected to be one of the “First Four Out”.
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