The Baylor Bears, Texas Longhorns, Iowa State Cyclones and Oklahoma State Cowboys were all sent home packing early, which is quite disappointing. Both Baylor and Iowa State were No. 3 seeds, but they still could not get the job done. Oklahoma State and Texas struggled down the stretch during the end of the season, so there is no surprise that both of those teams lost. But what does this mean for the Big 12?
Every week in Big 12 conference play this season there was at least one or two upsets, and the team with the best record in the Big 12 recorded five conference losses at the end of the season, which is rather high for a conference champion. The top seven or eight teams could knock off anyone in the conference on any given day, which might have had an effect on some team’s tourney success.
It is going to be really hard for a Big 12 team to make it to the Final Four, or even even Elite Eight for that matter. The Kansas Jayhawks could be going home early against Wichita State today, the Oklahoma Sooners have a tough game against Dayton and the West Virginia Mountaineers have a tough test against Maryland. There could literally not be a single Big 12 team in the Sweet Sixteen this year, which would be almost impossible to believe.
Who would have thought that having such a tough conference schedule would lead to many early tournament exits. March is crazy.