Breaking down the Big 12, SEC tournaments

03/09/2014 11:55 PM

03/09/2014 11:55 PM

Big 12 Tournament

Wednesday-Saturday at the Sprint Center.

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Who’s hot?

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Baylor

, which opened the year 2-10 in Big 12 play, has won seven of eight.

• Preseason co-favorite

Oklahoma State

had won four in a row since Marcus Smart returned from his suspension before falling at Iowa State on Saturday.

Who’s not?

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Kansas State

lugs a two-game losing streak and has lost three of five.

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Texas

has lost dropped four of six, including Saturday’s loss at Texas Tech.

NCAA Tournament stakes

This week is mostly about seeding opportunity. Seven should be in without much bubble concern. Top-seeded

Kansas could become a No. 1 seed by winning the tournament. Iowa State and Oklahoma look like the next two highest seeds, and could be in the top four. Make Texas a No. 6 seed, with Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma State anywhere from a No. 8-10. All can move up with success at the Sprint Center, thought nobody is likely to play its way out of the field. If West Virginia

reached the championship game, it will enter the at-large discussion.

SEC Tournament

Wednesday-Sunday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

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Who’s hot?

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Florida

rides a 23-game winning streak. Only Wichita State owns a longer run.

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Arkansas

ended on a sour note — a 25-point loss at Alabama that snapped a seven-game winning streak.

Who’s not?

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Kentucky

ended the regular season 3-4, including a loss at 13th-place South Carolina

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Missouri

hasn’t won away from Columbia since Jan. 28.

NCAA Tournament stakes

Perhaps no conference tournament has more bubble candidates.

Florida is likely the NCAA’s overall No. 1 seed. Kentucky hasn’t played well in past few weeks, but is firmly in the bracket. After that, the leading contenders are Tennessee, Arkansas and Missouri, with the Vols and Razorbacks leaning toward the right side of the bubble, and the Tigers to the wrong side. It won’t be easy for Mizzou, the No. 8 SEC seed. If it gets by Texas A, a team it struggled to beat at home this this week, it gets the Gators in the quarterfinals.

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