Baylor making case for NCAA tournament

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Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014 10:27 am

The Big 12 has never had a team reach the NCAA tournament that finished below .500 in conference play.

That’s probably going to change on Selection Sunday in two weeks.

The Big 12 is the nation’s No. 1 conference this year, a ranking built largely on tremendous success in nonconference play.

They’ve been beating up on each other in conference play, which means nobody except champion Kansas has a great record. While Kansas is 13-3, four teams are tied at 10-6 including Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas State and Iowa State.

Those five teams will make the NCAA tournament for sure. But most bracketologists believe Baylor and Oklahoma State have a good shot to make it if they finish at least 8-10 in Big 12 play.

Both teams are 19-10 overall and 7-9 in the Big 12 with two games remaining. Baylor hosts Iowa State and travels to Kansas State while Oklahoma State hosts Kansas State and travels to Iowa State.

The Bears are No. 41 nationally in the latest RPI while Oklahoma State is 44. That’s bubble territory but would probably be good enough to get into the 68-team NCAA tournament field. Plus, they’re both playing good basketball now, and the NCAA likes hot teams in March Madness.

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