The old guard is back atop the Big 12 Conference standings and looking toward a postseason run.
Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri are the league’s Big Three teams and safely in the field of 65. I think we can all agree on that.
The next tier is where it gets tricky. Who else deserves bids?
This is a league where every year at least five teams and probably six should be playing past the conference tournament.
The way I see it, there’s five pretty solid locks, especially after Oklahoma State’s uber-important victory Tuesday night over Kansas State.
That was a do-or-die game for the ‘Cats, who fell to 20-10 and 8-7. They’re toast, unless they win four games in four days next week in Oklahoma City, a feat that’s never been accomplished in Big 12 tournament history.
Good luck with that guys.
Past the Big Three, it’s Texas and Oklahoma State — each with identical 20-9 overall and 9-6 league records — whose resumes stand tallest before the selection committee.
Texas A&M has a chance to crash the party if its winning streak reaches a half-dozen and probably beyond. The Aggies (21-8, 7-7) have to win at Colorado and beat Missouri at home. Have to.
A couple wins at the Ford Center next week wouldn’t hurt in solidifying their standing.
It’s a team that’s on a serious roll. Ask Iowa State, which was run out of the gym in the second half of an 87-69 loss in College Station last weekend.
Here’s what I’ve got right now: Five teams in the NCAA field and one on the bubble.