Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament
The Phillips 66 Big 12 tournament is the annual, single-elimination basketball tournament held each March after the conference's regular season. First held following the conference's inaugural league season in 1997, the Big 12 tournament has been held at neutral sites in Kansas City, Dallas and Oklahoma City over the years. The Big 12 tournament champion earns the league's automatic bid to the 68-team NCAA tournament, with Kansas having won the tourney nine times, most recently in 2013.
The Big 12 tournament is a single-elimination competition that includes all 10 conference teams, with seedings based on each team's finish in the regular-season standings. The bottom four teams in the conference standings play in the first round, with the winners moving on to face the top two seeds in the quarterfinals.
The Big 12 Conference was first established in the mid-1990s, as four Texas schools from the Southwest Conference joined the universities from the Big 8 Conference to form a new league. The conference's first season of men's basketball, contested in 1996-97, was followed by the inaugural Big 12 tournament at Kemper Arena in Kansas City in March 1997.
Conference officials decided each of the 12 school teams would participate in the postseason tourney, with the top four teams from the final regular-season standings receiving a bye in the first round of play. Top-seed Kansas -- which was also the top-ranked team in the nation at the time -- cruised to three double-digit victories after its bye to capture the tournament title, defeating Missouri 87-60 in the final.
The Jayhawks repeated as champions in 1998, with forward Paul Pierce named the tournament most outstanding player for a second year in a row, after scoring 67 points in three games. And after finishing third in the Big 12 regular-season standings the following season, Kansas won a third-straight conference tournament in 1999.
Oklahoma appeared in four straight tournament finals beginning in 2000, the year that Iowa State captured its only Big 12 tournament crown. But the Sooners rebounded from the loss by winning the trophy the following three seasons. The last of those came in 2003 in Dallas, when the American Airlines Center hosted the tournament for the first time.
Baylor did not take part in the 2004 conference tournament (due to self-imposed restrictions related to NCAA violations), when Oklahoma State captured its first of two straight tournament titles. The Cowboys' Tony Allen was named most outstanding player in the 2004 tournament, while teammates Joey Graham and John Lucas returned to make the all-tournament team for a second consecutive time in 2005 as Oklahoma State repeated as champion in the last Big 12 tournament played at Kemper Arena.
In 2006, the conference tournament moved back to the American Airlines Center but the arena did not offer any advantage for home-state Texas, as the Longhorn lost in the final to Kansas, 80-68. The game would mark the first of three straight tournament championship games between Kansas and Texas, with the Jayhawks getting the better of their rivals on each occasion. Oklahoma City's Ford Center played host to the Big 12 tournament in 2007, when top-seeded Kansas neeed overtime to defeat Texas in the final, 88-84. Despite losing the final, Longhorn forward Kevin Durant earned most outstanding player honors, becoming just the third freshman to earn the honor in the tournament's history. The 2008 Big 12 tournament saw the Jayhawks win a third-straight title for the second time in the event's history, topping Texas in the championship game once again.
The 2009 Big 12 tournament featured a number of upsets, with three of the top four seeds -- including No. 1 Kansas and No. 2 Oklahoma -- falling in the quarterfinals. Ninth-seeded Baylor won three games to reach the final before falling to Missouri, 73-60, as DeMarre Carroll and Zaire Taylor led the Tigers to a first Big 12 tournament crown.
Results returned to form in the 2010 tournament as the top four teams all made the semifinals, and top-seed Kansas claimed another trophy by defeating Kansas State in the championship game by a 72-64 score. The Jayhawks' seventh Big 12 tournament title came at the new Sprint Center in Kansas City, and they defended their title in 2011.
With the conference shrinking from 12 teams to 10 in 2012, the format of the tournament was modified slightly. There are now only two games in the first round, between the teams with the four worst records in the regular season, to set up the quarterfinals the following day.
Big 12 Tournament Year-by-Year Results
|2013||Kansas||70-54||Kansas State||Jeff Withey, Kansas||Sprint Center|
|2012||Missouri||90-75||Baylor||Kim English, Missouri||Sprint Center|
|2011||Kansas||85-73||Texas||Marcus Morris, Kansas||Sprint Center|
|2010||Kansas||72-64||Kansas State||Sherron Collins, Kansas||Sprint Center|
|2009||Missouri||73-60||Baylor||DeMarre Carroll, Missouri||Ford Center|
|2008||Kansas||84-74||Texas||Brandon Rush, Kansas||Sprint Center|
|2007||Kansas||88-84||Texas||Kevin Durant, Texas||Ford Center|
|2006||Kansas||80-68||Texas||Mario Chalmers, Kansas||American Airlines Center|
|2005||Oklahoma State||72-68||Texas Tech||Joey Graham, Oklahoma State||Kemper Arena|
|2004||Oklahoma State||65-49||Texas||Tony Allen, Oklahoma State||American Airlines Center|
|2003||Oklahoma||49-47||Missouri||Hollis Price, Oklahoma||American Airlines Center|
|2002||Oklahoma||64-55||Kansas||Hollis Price, Oklahoma||Kemper Arena|
|2001||Oklahoma||54-45||Texas||Nolan Johnson, Oklahoma||Kemper Arena|
|2000||Iowa State||70-58||Oklahoma||Marcus Fizer, Iowa State||Kemper Arena|
|1999||Kansas||53-37||Oklahoma State||Jeff Boschee, Kansas||Kemper Arena|
|1998||Kansas||72-58||Oklahoma||Paul Pierce, Kansas||Kemper Arena|
|1997||Kansas||87-60||Missouri||Paul Pierce, Kansas||Kemper Arena|
2013 BIG 12 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
|1||Texas Tech 71, West Virginia 69||Recap|
|2||Texas 70, TCU 57||Recap|
|3||Iowa State 73, Oklahoma 66||Recap|
|4||Kansas 91, Texas Tech 63||Recap|
|5||Kansas State 66, Texas 49||Recap|
|6||Oklahoma St. 74, Baylor 72||Recap|
|7||Kansas 88, Iowa State 73||Recap|
|8||Kansas State 68, Oklahoma State 57||Recap|
|9||Kansas 70, Kansas State 54||Recap|
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