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The rest of the Big 12 tournament field

Updated: 2013-03-13T14:46:11Z

No. 3 Oklahoma State

•  Quarterfinal opponent: No. 6 Baylor, 8:30 p.m. Thursday

•  Season series: 1-1

•  Overall record: 23-7, 13-5

•  National ranking: 14

•  NCAA Tournament projection: No. 3-6 seed

•  This season: Oklahoma State narrowly missed out on a regular-season Big 12 championship by one game, but that doesn’t take anything away from the way it played behind conference player of the year Marcus Smart. The Cowboys beat K-State in the season finale and won at Kansas when the Jayhawks were on a long homecourt winning streak. Smart ranked near the top of the Big 12 in several statistical categories and was one of the best defenders in the conference. Markel Brown is the team’s leading scorer and Le’Bryan Nash has been effective inside. Some think Oklahoma State is the most talented team in the league.

No. 4 Oklahoma

•  Quarterfinal opponent: No. 5 Iowa State, 11:30 a.m. Thursday

•  Season series: 1-1

•  Overall record: 20-10, 11-7

•  National ranking: NR

•  NCAA Tournament projection: No. 10-12 seed

•  This season: In his second season at Oklahoma, coach Lon Kruger has the Sooners in line for their first NCAA appearance since 2009 — Blake Griffin’s final season in Norman. Senior Romero Osby leads the way with 15.7 points per game while shooting 52.9 percent from the floor. The Sooners finished fifth in the conference in scoring (71.3 points per game) and seventh in scoring defense (66.0), but they led the league in free throw percentage (75.8). That free-throw mark included a perfect 34-for-34 performance in a win against Iowa State on March 2.

No. 5 Iowa State

Quarterfinal opponent: No. 4 Oklahoma, 11:30 a.m. Thursday

•  Season series: 1-1

•  Overall record: 21-10, 11-7

•  National ranking: NR

•  NCAA Tournament projection: No. 10-12 seed

•  This season: What could have been for Iowa State. The Cyclones had Kansas on the ropes twice, lost to Texas in double overtime and beat Oklahoma State and K-State at home. They’re still a good bet to make the tournament, but a win in Kansas City would likely cement them into the Big Dance. The Cyclones led the nation with 819 three-point attempts, 239 more than anyone else in the Big 12. Senior Will Clyburn averages 15.2 points, and senior Tyrus McGee is a dangerous weapon, averaging 47 percent from three-point range. Iowa State can get another crack at Kansas with a win against Oklahoma.

No. 6 Baylor

•  Quarterfinal opponent: No. 3 Oklahoma State, 8:30 p.m. Thursday

•  Season series: 1-1

•  Overall record: 18-13, 9-9

•  National ranking: NR

NCAA Tournament projection: Bubble

•  This season: Baylor has Final Four talent, but it took the Bears until the final game of the regular season to show it. After a disappointing year that featured only one win over a team in the top half of the conference standings, they stomped Kansas 81-58 behind Cory Jefferson and Pierre Jackson. Both players made 11 of 13 shots. They now head to Kansas City with momentum. Baylor has a knack for late-season charges. Could this be the start of another one?

No. 7 Texas

•  First-round opponent: No. 10 TCU, 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday

•  Season series: 2-0

•  Overall record: 15-16, 7-11

•  National ranking: NR

•  NCAA Tournament projection: N/A

•  This season: Texas entered the season with NCAA Tournament expectations. Then Myck Kabongo was suspended for 23 games, and the Longhorns dropped near the bottom of the Big 12 standings. But Kabongo, the team’s best player, is back. Texas defeated Iowa State, Oklahoma and Baylor with him in the lineup and ended up passing West Virginia for the No. 7 seed. That gives the Longhorns both momentum and hope heading into the Big 12 Tournament. Four wins in four days gets them back to the NCAA Tournament. Anything else and their season ends.

No. 8 West Virginia

•  First-round opponent: No. 9 Texas Tech, 6 p.m. on Wednesday

•  Season series: 2-0

•  Overall record: 13-18, 6-12

•  National ranking: NR

NCAA Tournament projection: N/A

•  This season: A rough Big 12 introduction for Bob Huggins and the Mountaineers. West Virginia was ninth in the conference in field-goal percentage (40.5) and ninth in field-goal defense (44.7). Eron Harris leads the team with just 9.9 points per game. The Mountaineers need to run the table to avoid missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2006-07.

No. 9 Texas Tech

First-round opponent: No. 8 West Virginia, 6 p.m. Wednesday

•  Season series: 0-2

•  Overall record: 10-19, 3-15

National ranking: NR

•  NCAA Tournament projection: N/A

•  This season: The Red Raiders’ three Big 12 victories came against TCU (twice) and Iowa State. It wasn’t exactly what interim coach Chris Walker was looking for during his one-season audition. But it was expected. Junior Jaye Crockett leads Texas Tech with 11.9 points per game, but the Raiders lack the horses to compete in the Big 12. Junior guard Daylen Robinson, a Kansas City native who starred at Northeast High School, will play in front of his hometown crowd.

No. 10 TCU

•  First-round opponent: No. 7 Texas, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday

•  Season series: 0-2

•  Overall record: 11-20, 2-16

•  National ranking: NR

•  NCAA Tournament projection: N/A

•  This season: The Horned Frogs’ first season in the Big 12 ended with a disappointing last-place finish. But TCU showed what it was capable of in its two conference victories. Despite losing the majority of its games by large margins, it upset Kansas and Oklahoma at home. Trent Johnson is a respected coach who got the most out of a struggling team by slowing things down on offense and playing quality defense.

| Rustin Dodd, rdodd@kcstar.com, and Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

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