TOURNEY WATCH: 3/29/2010

Pop goes the Big 12!

For what we thought might be the best conference in the country, the failure to advance a single team to the Final Four is a pretty strong indictment against that notion.

Oklahoma State and Texas were big disappointments — both should have been able to win first-round games against lower-seeded, mediocre ACC teams.

Texas A&M had a great shot at its first Sweet Sixteen in three years, but just couldn't score down the stretch.

Baylor, K-State and Missouri did about as much as could be expected, and for the two that reached the Elite Eight, circumstances (see: questionable officiating and unfavorable turnaround times, respectively) simply weren't in their favor.

But it all traces back to Kansas. The so-called best team in the country dealt a death blow to the league's reputation with its showing in Oklahoma City. After that, nothing short of a run to the championship by either K-State or Baylor — or both — could have salvaged the Big 12's standing.

AP Ranking = 7

ESPN/USA Today Ranking = 7

NCAA Seed = 2 (West Region)

Record = 29-8

  • Loyola Chicago (14-16)
  • Western Illinois (13-17)
  • Boston University (21-14)
  • No. 2* seed Ole Miss (24-10)
  • No. 3* seed Dayton (23-12)
  • IUPUI (25-11)
  • FHSU (22-7)
  • Washington State (16-15)
  • No. 6 seed Xavier (26-9)
  • No. 8 seed UNLV (25-9)
  • Alabama (17-15)
  • No. 16 seed UAPB (18-16)
  • Cleveland State (16-17)
  • South Dakota (22-10)
  • No. 10 seed Missouri (23-11)
  • No. 5 seed Texas A&M (24-10)
  • Colorado (15-16)
  • No. 8 seed Texas (24-10)
  • No. 7 seed Oklahoma State (22-11)
  • No. 3 seed Baylor (28-8): Loss to No. 1 seed Duke (78-71 in the NCAA Tournament)
  • No. 1 seed Kansas (33-3)
  • Nebraska (15-18)
  • Iowa State (15-17)
  • Oklahoma (13-18)
  • No. 5* seed Texas Tech (19-16)
  • No. 15 seed North Texas (24-9)
  • No. 7 seed BYU (30-6)
  • No. 5 seed Butler (32-4)

*NIT

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