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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The odds for the Winner of the Big 12 Tournament are provided by DraftKings Sportsbook.
The Baylor Bears are the favorites to win the Big 12 Tournament with +220 odds. They have a 14-4 record and won a share of the Big 12 regular-season title along with Kansas.
They are arguably the best team in the country and ranked third in the nation.
It is very impressive this Baylor squad had 26 regular-season wins because they do not have any stars. However, the Bears have four players (Adam Flagler, LJ Cryer, James Akinjo, and Kendall Brown) scoring ten or more points a game.
James Akinjo has been the most productive player of those four. He scores 13.3 points per game, but his passing makes him stand out; Akinjo’s 5.8 assists per game lead the Big 12.
As good as the Baylor offense is, their defense is even better. They allow 63.4 points per game, the fourth-best in the conference. Baylor will be facing the best in the best teams in the Big 12 in this tournament and some of the best teams in the nation in March Madness, so they need to continue playing tough defense.
The Kansas Jayhawks do not have a star-studded roster this season, but they have put together one of their best teams in the last couple of years. They won a share of the Big 12 regular-season title and went 25-6 this season. They are ranked sixth and have +260 odds to win the Big 12 Tournament.
How can you talk about Kansas basketball without talking about Ochai Agbaji? Agbaji is a Wooden Award Finalist and leads the Big 12 in scoring at 19.8 points per game. The senior guard is having a monster season for one of the best teams in the nation and is largely responsible for their success.
Ochai Agbaji is great, but I also have to mention Christian Braun. Braun is a 6’6” junior guard and a talented rebounder. His 6.2 rebounds per game is third on this Jayhawks squad. Braun can do a little bit of everything and complements Agbaji well on the floor. Agbaji and Braun are both expected to be drafted to the NBA this year.
The Jayhawks are the most well-rounded team in the Big 12 and always have big home crowds when they play at the nearby T-Mobile Center, so I expect them to win this tournament.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders had a great season this year. They finished the regular season with a 12-6 conference record and ranked 12th. They have +390 odds to win the Big 12 Tournament.
Texas Tech has a star in forward Bryson Williams. Williams leads the team in scoring with 14 points per game. There are better scorers in the Big 12, but not necessarily better shooters; Williams hits 54.4% of his field-goal attempts and 42.7% of his three-point attempts. He will need to continue leading this Red Raider squad for the rest of the season.
Texas Tech’s real strength is in their defense. They have the second-best defense in the Big 12 and only allow 60.7 points per game. Since Texas Tech does not have a very high-scoring offense, their defense will be the key going forward. They need to play tough defense if they expect to beat the best teams in the country.
Texas Tech will face some tough opponents in the later rounds of this tournament. I do not see them getting past those opponents; however, they should still make March Madness and have a low seed.
The 2022 Big 12 Tournament is scheduled to begin on March 9th, 2022, and run through March 12th, 2022.
The 2022 Big 12 Tournament is being held in Kansas City, Missouri, at the T-Mobile Center. The T-Mobile Center, a multi-purpose indoor arena, has been in talks with the NHL and the NBA for possible team expansion or relocation.
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 2022 Big 12 Conference Tournament as well.
Where Can I Watch/Stream the 2022 Big 12 Tournament? The Big 12 Tournament is expected to be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU.
The First Round will be on ESPNU, while the Quarterfinals and Semifinals will be on ESPN2.
The Championship game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
Live streaming is expected to be available on the ESPN App, so long as you also have a cable or streaming service subscription.
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