Big 12 Tournament Betting Odds, Predictions & Favorites to Win 2021
- The Big 12 Tournament is back in 2021, after a lengthy break due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- The winner of 2019 Big 12 Conference Tournament was Iowa State.
- The Baylor Bears open as the favorites to win the Big 12 Conference Tournament.
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The Big 12 Conference Tournament, also known as the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, is a single-elimination basketball tournament that involves all twelve schools representing the conference. The winner of the tournament will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament, but the winners of the regular season are awarded the true conference championship.
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When Is the 2021 Big 12 Conference Tournament?
The 2020-2021 Big 12 Tournament is scheduled to begin on March 10th, 2021, and run through March 13th, 2021. Adjustments are possible depending on the COVID-19 protocol.
Where Is the 2021 Big 12 Tournament Being Held?
The arena can fit almost 20,000 people and has hosted events from hockey to basketball, to Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing. It was the home of the 2019 Big 12 Conference Tournament as well.
There has been no statement regarding fan attendance policy.
Where Can I Watch/Stream the 2021 Big 12 Tournament?
The Big 12 Tournament is expected to be broadcast on ESPN and ESPNU. The second and third round of the tournament were available on ESPN2 in 2019.
Live streaming is expected to be available on the ESPN App, so long as you also have a cable or streaming service subscription.
Favorites to Win the 2021 Big 12 Tournament
— Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB) February 24, 2021
The Baylor Bears are not only the best team in the Big 12, but they are debatably the best team in the country. They are undefeated in both conference play as well as out-of-conference play. The best offensive and defensive team in the conference, the Bears have no real match.
Tremendous on the offensive side of the ball, Baylor rank first in two-point field goal percentage, first in three-point percentage, and first in overall field goal percentage. They’re no slouches on the defensive side either, holding their opponents to only 63.9 points per game – first in the conference.
Junior guard Jared Butler is the star of Baylor’s side. He leads the team in points with 17.1 per game, while also dishing out 5.1 assists and 2.4 steals per game. His two-way play is fantastic, owing to Baylor’s great success.
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) February 25, 2021
The Jayhawks haven’t had the easiest schedule through the 2020-2021 NCAA Basketball season, but they haven’t let that do too much harm to their record. Kansas are 11-6 in conference play and 6-2 in out of conference play.
Kansas are a strong team, mostly due to their impressive defensive presence. They are second in field-goal percentage allowed, as well as fourth overall in three-point field goal percentage allowed. They are also second in the conference in blocks, while also forcing 14.1 turnovers per game.
Sophomore guard Ochai Agbaji leads their impressive defense. Agbaji is a tremendous athlete and one of the best on-ball defenders in the country. Through his athleticism and creativity, along with Kansas’ impressive team play, the Jayhawks are easy picks to win the Big 12 Conference Tournament.
West Virginia Mountaineers
— WVU Men’s Basketball (@WVUhoops) February 25, 2021
The Mountaineers own the second-best win percentage in the Big 12. At 9-4 in conference play and 7-2 out of conference, West Virginia has surprised by competing for the top of the Big 12. They’ve had a tough schedule, which only bodes well for their chances in the tournament.
Bob Huggins’ team is full of energetic players with tons of heart. They love to attack the rim and battle on the boards. The Mountaineers lead the conference in offensive rebounds and free throw attempts per game.
Third-year forward Derek Culver has been brilliant for the Mountaineers this season. Always a threat on the glass, he’s taken it to a new level this year. Averaging 15.1 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 6.5 free throw attempts per game, Culver is a classically successful option.
2021 Big 12 Tournament Dark Horse
— Texas Men’s Basketball (@TexasMBB) February 24, 2021
The Texas Longhorns surprise as they enter with the fourth-best odds to win the Big 12 Tournament. They are 8-5 in conference play, but 6-1 when playing schools out of their conference. Head coach Shaka Smart may not have been able to lead the Longhorns to an excellent record, but they’ve shown potential against a number of different teams.
The Longhorns are an incredibly active offensive team, which sometimes leads to giving up opportunities on the other end. Texas is first in field goal attempts and first in three-point field goal attempts – while also having the best three-point conversion rate in the conference. They are excellent on the glass as well, averaging 40.2 per game.
Guard Andrew Jones and freshman big man Greg Brown pace the Texas Longhorns’ success. Through Jones’s relentlessness attacking and Brown’s perseverance on the glass, Texas can compete with any team. Whether or not the reserves can support them is the real question.
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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.
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