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One team will be trying to play their way into the Dance as three try not to play their way out of it.

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The bracket is set for this week’s Big 12 tournament, and it should be an interesting one, with most teams having already locked in NCAA March Madness bids. But there are a couple teams entrenched on the bubble that might need to make a run, as Oklahoma and Texas were both firmly atop the bubble heading into the weekend (but got big wins to solidify their case) and Oklahoma State being out of the NCAA Tournament picture - but believing they belong and trying to prove it with a big win over Kansas in the regular season finale.

How to Watch:

Location: Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri | TV: ESPN | Stream: WatchESPN

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First Round

Wednesday, March 7

No. 8 Oklahoma State vs. No. 9 Oklahoma (ESPNU) 6:00 p.m.

No. 7 Texas vs. No. 10 Iowa State (ESPNU) 8:00 p.m.

Quarterfinals

Thursday, March 8

No. 4 Kansas State vs. No. 5 TCU (ESPN/2) 11:30 a.m.

No. 1 Kansas vs. Game 1 Winner (ESPN/2) 1:30 p.m.

No. 2 Texas Tech vs. Game 2 Winner (ESPN/2) 6:00 p.m.

No. 3 West Virginia vs. No. 6 Baylor (ESPN/2) 8:00 p.m.

Semifinals

Friday, March 9

Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner (ESPN/2) 6:00 p.m.

Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner (ESPN/2) 8:00 p.m.

Championship

Saturday, March 10

Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner (ESPN) 5:00 p.m.

KenPom | RPI | SOS

1 Seed: #6 Kansas (24-7, 13-5)

KenPom: 12 | RPI: 5 | SOS: 10

2 Seed: #12 Texas Tech (23-8, 11-7)

KenPom: 10 | RPI: 24 | SOS: 25

3 Seed: #20 West Virginia (22-9, 11-7)

KenPom: 14 | RPI: 29 | SOS: 23

4 Seed: Kansas State (21-10, 10-8)

KenPom: 43 | RPI: 62 | SOS: 37

5 Seed: TCU (21-10, 9-9)

KenPom: 22 | RPI: 19 | SOS: 17

6 Seed: Baylor (18-13, 8-10)

KenPom: 33 | RPI: 55 | SOS: 6

7 Seed: Oklahoma (18-12, 8-10)

KenPom: 42 | RPI: 35 | SOS: 3

8 Seed: Texas (18-13, 8-10)

KenPom: 40 | RPI: 59 | SOS: 38

9 Seed: Oklahoma State (18-13, 8-10)

KenPom: 57 | RPI: 91 | SOS: 13

10 Seed: Iowa State: (13-17, 4-14)

KenPom: 103 | RPI: 120 | SOS: 5

As it currently stands in ESPN’s Bracketology, there are eight Big 12 teams in the tourney, with Oklahoma and Baylor the last four in (the field of 64) and Texas being a play-in game candidate. Oklahoma State, who has more wins against Top 25 teams than any in the country (six), four of which came against top ten squads, is out of the picture, but could make a case to be included if they were to win two games and get to that magic 20 win mark. Oklahoma is in a perilous position as a ten seed, and Baylor is close behind them as an 11. A one and done Big 12 Tournament could spell doom for either or both squads, and the same, of course, could be said for Texas. The other five teams are locked into the tournament and playing for seeding, while Iowa State is completely out of the picture unless they go on a run and win the whole thing.

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