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Big 12 conference tournament predictions 2015

Big 12 Tournament Preview 2015NCAA basketball – Big 12 conference tournament

Dates: March 11th – March 14th 2015
Location: Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri

KANSAS are favored to win the Big 12 conference tournament after winning the regular season title, despite a weak record.

The sportsbooks expect the tournament to be close though, as the top four seeds are priced at 5/1 or lower.

Seven of the ten Big 12 teams are priced at 12/1 or lower. The Big 12 has provided us with many exciting match-ups this season and I’m sure they’ll be a few more this week in Kansas City. Will the Jayhawks win the conference tournament and continue building momentum for the NCAA basketball tournament?

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Big 12 tournament bracket breakdown

#1 Kansas will likely open up their tournament in the second round against Kansas State – a team they just lost to in February. #4 Baylor and #5 West Virginia are in the top half of the bracket too. The Jayhawks are 1-1 against WVU and 2-0 against the Bears.

It’ll be far from a cakewalk, but the Jayhawks will advance to the Big 12 tournament finals.

#2 Iowa State and #3 Oklahoma will fight it out in the bottom half of the bracket. Texas and Oklahoma State are both teams that can win the tournament as well. The Big 12 is wide open and will be among the best conference tournaments to watch this week.

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With ten teams in the Big 12 and seven teams having a legitimate shot at winning – we’re in for some competitive hoops action. All of these teams are capable of beating each other.

#1 Kansas Jayhawks

Odds to win: +250 (5/2)
Big 12 record: 13-5

The Jayhawks have lost five games since conference play started in January, including a loss to Oklahoma in the season finale. KU plays at a fast pace and are great at rebounding (38.2 RPG – 24th), but they allow opposing teams to score 65.1 PPG (140th).

Stud alert: Team leader Perry Ellis (14.2 PPG, 7.0 RPG and 1.3 APG).

#2 Iowa State Cyclones

Odds to win: +400 (4/1)
Big 12 record: 12-6

The Cyclones had a rough month of February with losses to Kansas, Oklahoma, Baylor and Kansas State in conference play, but they closed out the season with two wins. Iowa State wins with an efficient offense (48.5% FG% – 11th) that scores 79.3 PPG (9th).

Stud alert: Big 12 assists leader Monte Morris (11.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 5.4 APG and 1.7 SPG).

#3 Oklahoma Sooners

Odds to win: +350 (7/2)
Big 12 record: 12-6

Oklahoma don’t excel in any one statistical category, as they rank outside of the top 50 in scoring (72.4 PPG) and points allowed (63.1 PPG). However, they’ve proven they can beat any Big 12 team with wins against KU, ISU, WVU, BU, OSU and Texas.

Stud alert: Junior Ryan Spangler (10.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.4 APG and 1.2 BPG).

#4 Baylor Bears

Odds to win: +500 (5/1)
Big 12 record: 11-7

It hasn’t been a great season for the Bears, but they finished strong – going 8-3 in conference play since February. Baylor plays great defense (60.0 PPG – 30th) and they’re the second best rebounding team in the Big 12, as they average 39.6 RPG (8th).

Stud alert: Big 12 rebounding leader Rico Gathers (11.6 PPG, 11.7 RPG, 1.2 SPG and 1.0 BPG).

#5 West Virginia Mountaineers

Odds to win: +750 (15/2)
Big 12 record: 11-7

The Mountaineers are 4-7 against top 25 opponents, but they did beat Kansas in Big 12 action. West Virginia are terrible from the field (41.1% – 287th) – yet somehow they score 74.1 PPG (36th). This team likes to bang bodies and grind out tough wins.

Stud alert: Sophomore Devin Williams (11.1 PPG, 8.2 RPG and 1.3 APG).

#6 Oklahoma State Cowboys

Odds to win: +1200 (12/1)
Big 12 record: 8-10

The Cowboys are a below average team and the only thing they do well is play defense (62.3 PPG – 68th). OSU have lost five of six games to end regular season play and they have to play the streaking Sooners in round 2. I can’t imagine the Cowboys winning.

Stud alert: Senior Le’Bryan Nash (16.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 2.0 APG and 1.0 BPG).

#7 Texas Longhorns

Odds to win: +800 (8/1)
Big 12 record: 8-10

The Big 12 has a ton of great rebounding teams with active big men. Texas is the best rebounding team in the conference and they rank 6th in the country (39.8 RPG). Texas had a 4-game losing in late February, but they won their last two games of the season.

Stud alert: Sophomore Isaiah Taylor (13.1 PPG, 3.5 RPG and 4.5 APG).

The betting lines in the futures market for the remaining three teams are as followed:

#8 Kansas State Wildcats – Odds to win: +2800 (28/1) / Big 12 record: 8-10
#9 TCU Horned Frogs – Odds to win: +5000 (50/1) / Big 12 record: 4-14
#10 Texas Tech Red Raiders – Odds to win: +10000 (100/1) / Big 12 record: 3-15

The only team that stands a small chance is Kansas State, but they have to beat TCU and then play Kansas in the second round. KSU beat Kansas during conference play at home, but on a neutral court with bigger stakes I’d bet on KU to win 95% of the time.

Pick to win the Big 12 conference tournament

The Big 12 is tough and there isn’t a single team that has dominated this season. The Jayhawks have their eyes on the big dance and I like the idea of targeting Baylor – a relative sleeper in the market due to the public betting Kansas and Oklahoma.

Baylor’s a deep team this season with production coming from everywhere, including the bench. Baylor has three players ranked in the top 10 in the conference in steals and assists.

Gathers leads the Big 12 in rebounds and Royce O’Neal leads the conference in 3-point shooting percentage (45.5%). Then you still have the team’s scoring leader Taurean Prince (14.0, 5.5 RPG and 1.3 APG), plus Kenny Chery (11.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG and 4.0 APG).

Baylor are still trying to improve their resume before March Madness and will be motivated to win the Big 12 tournament to show the country that they’re ready to make some noise in the big dance.

I couldn’t be more excited about the Big 12 conference tournament – good luck everyone.

ScottThis article was written by Scott

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