Baylor claimed its second consecutive and third overall Big 12 regular season title to earn the No. 1 seed in the 2012 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship. The event will be held Wednesday-Saturday, March 7-10 in Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium.
The Lady Bears are the nation's only undefeated women's or men's basketball program at 31-0, and became just the third Big 12 women's team to complete the conference season undefeated. This season marked the first for an 18-game Big 12 schedule. The two previous undefeated squads went 16-0 in league games.
Other seeds include No. 2 Oklahoma, No. 3 Texas A&M, No. 4 Iowa State, No. 5 Kansas State, No. 6 Kansas, No. 7 Oklahoma State, No. 8 Texas, No. 9 Texas Tech and No. 10 Missouri.
A draw was conducted to determine the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds between Oklahoma and Texas A&M as both teams had identical records in the four steps of the Championship tiebreaking procedure.
Iowa State won the tiebreaker for the No. 4 seed after sweeping Kansas State in the regular season. The tiebreaker procedure was also necessary to determine seeds among Kansas, Oklahoma State and Texas. In a comparison of collective head-to-head records among those three teams, Kansas was 3-1, followed by Oklahoma State at 2-2 and Texas at 1-3.
A new championship format will be featured in 2012. Two first round games will be played on March 7, followed by quarterfinals on March 8, semifinals on March 9 and the final on March 10.
The Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship returns to Municipal Auditorium for the 11th time in Conference history. Kansas City hosted the first six women's postseason events from 1997-2002, in addition to the 2005, 2008-09 and 2011 championships.
All-session tickets are $90 for lower-level seating and $70 for upper level. Single-session tickets are also on sale for $20 lower level and $15 upper level. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000 or at the Municipal Auditorium Box Office.
Extensive video coverage of the entire Championship can be found via the Big 12 website at Big12Sports.com. The video available will include a media round table on March 6, first round games on March 7 and links to live and archived postgame press conferences. In addition, exclusive postgame coverage of the Championship trophy ceremony can be found on Saturday, March 10. The broadcast will include the annual showing of the Big 12's basketball highlight video, Live Your Dreams.
First round games will be televised by Metro Sports in Kansas City while the quarterfinals through the final will be aired on FSN.
2012 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship
March 7-10, Kansas City Mo.
Wednesday, March 7 [Metro Sports in Kansas City]
Game 1: #8 Texas vs. #9 Texas Tech, 5:00 p.m.
Game 2: #7 Oklahoma State vs. #10 Missouri, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 8 [FSN]
Game 3: #4 Iowa State vs. #5 Kansas State, 11:00 a.m.
Game 4: #1 Baylor vs. Winner Game 1, 1:30 p.m.
Game 5: #2 Oklahoma vs. Winner Game 2, 5:00 p.m.
Game 6: #3 Texas A&M vs. #6 Kansas, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 9 [FSN]
Game 7: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, Noon
Game 8: Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 10 [FSN]
Game 9: Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 11:00 a.m.
All times listed are Central.
Tiebreaker Procedures for 2012 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship Bracket
Process to break tie between Oklahoma and Texas A&M:
1. Oklahoma and Texas A&M split against each other (1-1)
2. Oklahoma and Texas A&M have identical records against Baylor (0-2), the collective group of Iowa State/Kansas State (3-1), the collective group of Kansas/Texas/Oklahoma State (3-3), Texas Tech(2-0) and Missouri (2-0).
3. Both Oklahoma and Texas A&M have identical 4-5 road conference records.
4. Both Oklahoma and Texas A&M have the same record on road versus all teams and remaining collective groups, in order of standing.
5. Goes to draw - Oklahoma won the draw for the No. 2 seed as the first team picked out of the container. Texas A&M is the No. 3 seed. (Draw was recorded and emailed to each institution.)
Process to break tie between Iowa State and Kansas State:
1. Iowa State won both head-to-head games against Kansas State.
Process to break tie among Kansas, Oklahoma State and Texas
1. In the collective head-to-head competition (mini round-robin) among the tied teams. The following records were recorded.
A. Kansas was 3-1 vs. Oklahoma State and Texas.
B. Oklahoma State was 2-2 vs. Kansas and Texas.Z
C. Texas was 1-3 vs. Kansas and Oklahoma State.