Laying out Big 12 tourney scenarios

By Cole Manbeck

No matter what Kansas State does tomorrow against Oklahoma State, the Wildcats’ seeding in the Big 12 tournament will depend on Texas.

K-State and Texas are both 9-8 in the league, but the Wildcats, who split the season series with Texas, currently hold the tiebreaker over the Longhorns because they beat a team higher in the conference standings — a sweep of Missouri. The Tigers have locked up the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament.

Texas plays at Kansas tomorrow, the regular-season conference champion, and as long as KU wins, K-State will be the fifth seed in the Big 12 tournament. If Texas were to pull off the upset, the Longhorns would be the five seed due to having a win over the best team in the league and K-State would fall to the six seed. Either way, K-State will have a bye in the first round of the tournament, which begins on Wednesday.

If the Wildcats are the No. 5 seed, they will play on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. against either Baylor or Iowa State. The Cyclones are currently in fourth behind the Bears, but Baylor travels to Ames, Iowa to take on Iowa State on Saturday. If the Cyclones protect their home court and win, they will own the tiebreaker over Baylor and would be the third seed, meaning K-State would play the Bears. If Baylor wins, K-State would play Iowa State, a team that swept the Wildcats this season.

If K-State were to fall to the six seed, the Baylor and Iowa State scenario would still come into play as to which opponent the Wildcats would play. The only difference being that game would be played at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The one and two seeds have already been determined, as have the 7 through 10. Oklahoma State will play Texas Tech on Wednesday in the 7/10 matchup, while Oklahoma will take on Texas A&M in the 8/9 game.

Probable starters

OKLAHOMA STATE (14-16, 7-10)               

  Yr.  Ht.  Ppg.  Rpg.

G — Keiton Page Sr.  5-8 16.6 1.8

G — Markel Brown So. 6-3 10.5 5.2

G — Brian Williams Fr. 6-5   8.9     3.1

F — Michael Cobbins Fr.  6-8 5.3   5.7

F — Philip Jurick Jr.  6-11 1.7 5.1


KANASAS STATE (20-8, 9-8)

  Yr. Ht.  Ppg. Rpg.

G — Angel Rodriguez Fr.  5-11 8.0 2.4

G — Will Spradling So.  6-2   9.8   2.3

G — Rodney McGruder Jr.  6-4 15.2   5.4

F — Jamar Samuels Sr.  6-7 10.1   6.6

F — Jordan Henriquez Jr.  7-0   6.3   4.9

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