Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament Notebook
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Posted Mar 9, 2009


This week’s Big 12 Conference Basketball tournament will start on Wednesday in Oklahoma City with four games with seeds 5-12. The top four seeds do not play until Thursday when they face Wednesday’s winners. Here is a notebook on the annual conference tournament with an automatic bid on the line.

The Texas Longhorns finished the conference schedule 9-7 and tied with Kansas State, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma State for the fourth spot. Kansas State earned the fourth seed and the Wednesday bye by virtue of the head to head win over the Longhorns in Austin earlier this year.

The Kansas Jayhawks have won or shared each of the last five Big 12 regular season championships. The Jayhawks have won nine conference titles in the 13-year history of the Big 12.

Big 12 Regular Season Final Standings

Kansas* 14-2
Oklahoma* 13-3
Missouri* 12-4
Kansas State* 9-7
Texas 9-7
Texas A&M 9-7
Oklahoma State 9-7
Nebraska 8-8
Baylor 5-11
Iowa State 4-12
Texas Tech 3-13
Colorado 1-15

* earned bye in conference tournament

Wednesday, March 11 Schedule
No. 8 Nebraska vs. No. 9 Baylor @ 11:30 a.m.
No. 5 Texas vs. No. 12 Colorado @ 2:00 p.m.
No. 7 Oklahoma State vs. No. 10 Iowa State @ 6:00 p.m.
No. 6 Texas A&M vs. No. 11 Texas Tech @ 8:30 p.m.

The winners of Wednesday’s games play at the same time on Thursday and each face the top four seeds.

Thursday, March 12
No. 1 Kansas vs. 8/9 winner 11:30 a.m.
No. 4 Kansas State vs. 5/12 winner 2:00 p.m.
No. 2 Oklahoma vs. 7/10 winner 6:00 p.m.
No. 3 Missouri vs. 6/11 winner 8:30 p.m.

Did You Know?

Texas A&M has the current longest winning streak of anyone in the conference at six. Nebraska with two holds the second longest.

The Big 12 is tied with the Big East for the most schools with 20 or more wins this season with seven (Oklahoma 27, Kansas 25, Missouri 25, Texas A&M 23, Kansas State 21, Texas 20, Oklahoma State 20).

Eight teams have at least eight conference wins – a first for the Big 12.

The Big 12 has recorded a .787 winning percentage in non-league games so far this year, which marks the best in Big 12 history.

Four Texas key contributors/starters earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team (3.20 GPA or higher). They are Connor Atchley, Dogus Balbay, Damion James, and Gary Johnson. Justin Mason and Dexter Pittman earned second team honors with GPAs over 3.0.

All-Big 12 First Team
Craig Brackins, Iowa State, F, So.
Cole Aldrich, Kansas, C, So.
Sherron Collins, Kansas, G, Jr.(two time)
DeMarre Carroll, Missouri, F, Sr.
Blake Griffin, Oklahoma, F, So. (two time)

All-Big 12 Second Team
Denis Clemente, Kansas State, G, Jr.
Willie Warren, Oklahoma, G, Fr.
James Anderson, Oklahoma State, G/F, So.
A.J. Abrams, Texas, G, Sr.
Damion James, Texas, G/F, Jr.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Blake Griffin, Oklahoma, F, So.
DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR - Cole Aldrich, Kansas, C, So. & J.T. Tiller, Missouri, G, Jr.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Denis Clemente, Kansas State, G, Jr.
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Willie Warren, Oklahoma, G, Fr. (consensus)
SIXTH MAN AWARDS - LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor, G, So. & Matt Lawrence, Missouri, G, Sr.
COACH OF THE YEAR - Bill Self, Kansas



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