2013 Big 12 Tournament Preview: Can Anyone Step Up and Stop the Kansas Jayhawks?

Kansas and Kansas State each took home a share of the Big 12 regular season crown and with that comes to the top two seeds within the 2013 Big 12 Conference Tournament field.

The Jayhawks have won five Big 12 Tournament titles since 2006, so at this point in the season the question must be asked: Is anyone going to step up and deny them of a sixth title in eight years?

Well sure, K-State will have their chance and so too will third seeded Oklahoma State, but what about some sleepers from within the bracket?

Iowa State has played its way through the bubble and are looking to lock up a spot when they square off against Oklahoma in the Big 12 quarterfinal round. A win will likely send the Cyclones dancing, but a loss could leave them sweating on Selection Sunday. On the flip side of the bracket, Baylor will look to make some noise of their own, but they face a difficult draw with Oklahoma State to begin things. The good news for the Bears is that they are fresh off their biggest win of the season; a home win against Kansas, ironically enough.

Kansas is the favorite, there’s no doubt about that, but is it right to label this as the Jayhawks vs. the rest of the field? No, that’s not a fair assessment, but past history suggests it because that’s exactly how dominant Kansas has been.

Well, we’re about to find out and at this point, why would anyone pick against Kansas and Bill Self?