The 2021 Big 12 Tournament will feature a team that not only has never earned the No. 1 seed of the tournament before, but also had never won a Big 12 regular-season title until 2020-21.
It has been a fantastic season for Baylor (21-1, 13-1), which, despite enjoying a string of successful seasons under coach Scott Drew, had never earned the distinction it has heading into this week’s tournament. The Bears secured their first Big 12 title with a March 2 overtime win over West Virginia. It is their first conference title overall since 1950, when they were still a member of the Southwest Conference.
Baylor accomplished this season’s feat by going 4-0 against top-10 teams. That’s thanks in large part to junior guard Jared Butler, who is averaging 17.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. He, MaCio Teague and Davion Mitchell will look to lead the Bears to one of their most successful conference slates ever.
That said, look for usual suspects Kansas (19-8, 12-6 Big 12) and West Virginia (18-8, 11-6 Big 12) to stand in their way — not to mention talented teams such as Oklahoma and Texas.
Here is the complete breakdown of the 2021 Big 12 Tournament, from brackets to TV information and schedules:
Big 12 Tournament bracket 2021
|Seed||Team||Record (Big 12)|
|No. 1||Baylor||21-1 (13-1)|
|No. 2||Kansas||19-8 (12-6)|
|No. 3||Texas||17-7 (11-6)|
|No. 4||West Virginia||18-8 (11-6)|
|No. 5||Oklahoma State||18-7 (11-7)|
|No. 6||Texas Tech||17-9 (9-8)|
|No. 7||Oklahoma||14-9 (9-8)|
|No. 8||TCU||12-13 (5-11)|
|No. 9||Kansas State||8-19 (4-14)|
|No. 10||Iowa State||2-21 (0-18)|
Odds to win Big 12 Tournament
Baylor is the clear favorite to win the Big 12 Tournament at -175 odds. Kansas (+500), West Virginia (+600), Texas (+700) and Texas Tech (+800) round out the top five. Below are the full odds to win the 2021 Big 12 Tournament.
* Oklahoma State is listed among oddsmakers.
How to watch the Big 12 Tournament live
The 2021 Big 12 Tournament will air on the ESPN family of networks, though the full TV schedule has yet to be finalized. Streaming options include ESPN.com and fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
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2021 Big 12 Tournament schedule
The 2021 Big 12 Tournament will begin Wednesday, March 10, and run through Saturday, March 13. Below is the full schedule for the tournament:
Winning teams in bold
*Indicates game uncontested due to COVID-19 issues
Round 1: Wednesday, March 10
|Game 1: No. 9 Kansas State 71, No. 8 TCU 50|
|Game 2: No. 7 Oklahoma 79, No. 10 Iowa State 73|
Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 11
|Game 3: No. 5 Oklahoma State 72, No. 4 West Virginia 69|
|Game 4: No. 1 Baylor 74, No. 9 Kansas State 68|
|Game 5: No. 2 Kansas 69, No. 7 Oklahoma 62|
|Game 6: No. 3 Texas 67, No. 6 Texas Tech 66|
Semifinals: Friday, March 12
|Game 7: No. 5 Oklahoma State 83, No. 1 Baylor 74|
|Game 8: No. 3 Texas, No. 2 Kansas (uncontested)*|
Big 12 championship game: Saturday, March 13
|Time (ET)||TV (national)|
|Game 9: No. 5 Oklahoma State vs. No. 3 Texas||6 p.m.||ESPN, fuboTV|