Big 12 beating up each other ahead of NCAAs

Wayne Selden, Joel Embiid

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — After two months spent mostly bludgeoning each other into submission, coaches in the Big 12 are starting to cast a wary eye toward the NCAA tournament.

While other conferences may have a handful of standout teams, there are usually a few bottom-dwellers that everybody else can use to pad their records. That’s not the case in the Big 12, with its grueling double round-robin schedule, where even good teams are piling up losses.

Kansas, Iowa State, Oklahoma and Texas are almost certainly locks for the NCAA tournament, and Kansas State has a strong resume. Baylor and Oklahoma State are sitting on the bubble, two teams that were ranked in the top 10 at one point this season.

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