Tramel: Big 12 basketball teams help each other with March Madness
Oklahoma State’s basketball team lost to Texas Christian last week -- and the Cowboys’ NET ranking, the formula used by the NCAA selection committee, still checks in at a respectable No. 37.
That’s the advantage of playing in the Big 12. The Cowboys followed that loss at TCU with a double-overtime victory over Texas, and OSU remains in good standing for an NCAA Tournament berth.
Of course, the appeal process for the NCAA’s one-year postseason ban on Cowboy hoops needs to remain slow for OSU to be assured of a March Madness opportunity. But if the Cowboys keep churning out the occasional victory over a marquee team, they should be set.
And that’s life in the Big 12. Baylor is ranked No. 1 in the NET. Texas Tech is 12th. Texas is 18th, OU 19th, West Virginia 20th and Kansas 26th.
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Teamrankings.com daily figures a team’s chances of making the 68-team NCAA Tournament, and of the seven Big 12 heavyweights, the worst chance belongs to Texas Tech, with a 98.6 percent. So the majority of Big 12 games played are against a team beloved by the formulas and the computer models.
And that’s great for the likes of OU and OSU.
The current seed projections for Big 12 teams, according to teamrankings.com, are Baylor-1, West Virginia-3, Texas-4, Texas Tech-5, OU-5, OSU-7 and Kansas-7.
The Big 12’s prowess enables its teams to pad their resume’ consistently. The NET uses a quad system. Quadrant 1 games are at home vs. teams ranked 1-30, on neutral courts vs. 1-50 and road games vs. 1-75. Quad 2 games are the same, only 31-75, 51-100 and 76-135. Quad 3 are 76-160, 101-200 and 136-240. Quad 4 are everything else.
In Quad 1 games, Baylor is 6-0, Tech 5-1, OSU 6-2, West Virginia 4-2, Texas 2-1, OU 2-4 and Kansas 2-5. In Quad 2 games, Baylor is 3-0, Texas 3-0, West Virginia 3-1, Kansas 2-1, Tech 1-1 and both OU and OSU 0-0.
Add it all up, and it looks like fruitful seeding for the Big 12 come the NCAA Tournament in March.
Let’s get to my Big 12 rankings this week:
1. Baylor (9-0, 17-0): The Bears' only problem is postponed games -- they are starting to pile up. Baylor has five games that need rescheduled.
2. Oklahoma (7-4, 12-5): Why the Sooners No. 2? I looked at the standings, only discounting Kansas State and Iowa State games, and not counting wins over TCU or losses to Baylor. In other words, gauging the six good teams chasing Baylor. But I counted losses to TCU and I will count wins over Baylor, should one unexpectedly occur. OU leads that metric, with a 3-2 record. No other team in the group of six has a winning record.
3. Texas (5-4, 11-5): The Longhorns are oh, so close to a glorious season. Outside of an 83-69 loss to Baylor, their losses are by four points to Villanova, two points to Texas Tech, one point to OU and to OSU in double overtime.
4. West Virginia (6-3, 13-5): The Mountaineers had back-to-back games against Baylor next week postponed by COVID protocols. If the Mountaineers can get those games rescheduled, it will help WVU in the Big 12 standings.
5. Texas Tech (6-4, 14-5): Pretty good league when Tech ranks just fifth-best.
6. Oklahoma State (5-5, 12-5): If the Cowboys had swept TCU, instead of being swept, they would rank second or third in the league.
7. Kansas (6-5, 12-7): I know it seems like the Jayhawks are in a tailspin, but they do have a winning record in the Big 12.
8. Texas Christian (3-5, 10-7): The Horned Frogs have a pulse only because of the sweep of OSU.
9. Kansas State (1-10, 5-15): Give the Wildcats credit. No Power 5 school has played more than 20 games.
10. Iowa State (0-8, 2-11): The Cyclones were competitive Saturday in Norman, when they finally had a virtually full squad.