On Wednesday, the Big 12 kicked off their men’s basketball championship. Wednesday’s game weren’t much of a surprise results-wise.
Texas Tech beat West Virginia, 71 - 69. Game notes from Big12Sports:
Texas Tech improved to 13-16 all-time in the Big 12 Championship and 8-7 in first round games, while West Virginia fell to 0-1 in Big 12 Championship history. TTU is now 1-3 all-time against the Mountaineers and 2-1 as the No. 9 seed in the Championship.
Texas Tech advances to play Kansas in Thursday’s quarterfinals. TTU dropped both regular season contests against the Jayhawks this season, falling 60-46 in Lubbock (March 12, 2013) and 79-42 in Lawrence (March 4, 2013).
The two-point victory was the closest contest the Red Raiders have played in the Big 12 Championship. It also marked their first win since 2010.
Texas beat TCU, 70-57. Game notes from Big12Sports:
Texas improved to 22-16 all-time in the Big 12 Championship and 4-1 in first-round games, while TCU fell to 0-1 in Big 12 Championship history. UT is now 3-0 in postseason play against the Horned Frogs, defeating them twice in the Southwest Conference Tournament (1989 and 1994).
The Longhorns won their first tournament game for the eighth year in a row, and head coach Rick Barnes added to his win total (20) as winningest coach in Championship history – two more than second-place Bill Self of Kansas.
Texas advances to play No. 2 Kansas State in Thursday’s quarterfinals. The Longhorns dropped both regular season contests against the Wildcats this season, falling 83-57 in Manhattan (1-30-13) and 81-69 in Austin (2-23-13).
The new bracket looks like this:
Oklahoma takes on Iowa State Thursday morning, while Kansas/Texas Tech will play in the afternoon. The night games tonight are Texas/Kansas State and Baylor/Oklahoma State.
I am thinking that maybe WVU, but not so much TCU is having conference-jumping remorse after two major sports have finished up the season. Most of their fanbase thought they were going to come to the Big 12 and dominate. Oh.