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A Team-by-Team Look At The Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Championship
March 06, 2012
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By Wendell Barnhouse | wendell@big12sports.com
Big12Sports.com Correspondent


A team-by-team run down for the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Championship that starts Wednesday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

No. 1 seed Kansas
Next at the Sprint Center: At 2 p.m. Thursday, Kansas faces the winner of No. 8 Oklahoma vs. No. 9 Texas A&M.
Thus far: 26-5 overall, 16-2 in Big 12.
Coach: Bill Self.
Big 12 Championship history: 31-7; championships in 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 1999, 1998, 1997.)
Probable starters: : Thomas Robinson, 6-10 Jr. F; Jeff Withey, 7-foot Jr. C; Tyshawn Taylor, 6-3 Sr. G; Elijah Johnson, 6-4 Jr. G; Travis Releford, 6-6 Jr. G.
You need to know: The Jayhawks have won eight consecutive regular-season titles. … Thomas Robinson was named Big 12 player of the year, Jeff Withey was named defensive player of the year while Bill Self was co-coach of the year. … Robinson has 22 double-doubles this season. According to KenPom.com, Kansas is one of two teams (Kentucky is the other) in the top 10 in offensive and defensive efficiency.

No. 2 seed Missouri
Next at the Sprint Center: At 6 p.m. Thursday, Missouri faces the winner of No. 7 Oklahoma State vs. No. 10 Texas Tech.
Thus far: 27-4 overall, 14-4 in Big 12.
Coach: Frank Haith.
Big 12 Championship history: 16-14, championship in 2009.
Probable starters: Ricardo Ratliff, 6-8 Sr. F; Marcus Denmon, 6-3 Sr. G; Kim English, 6-6 Sr. G/F; Matt Pressey, 6-2 Sr. G; Phil Pressey, 5-10 Soph. G.
You need to know: Missouri's 27 regular-season victories set a school record. … In its final regular-season game, the Tigers made a season-high 16 3-pointers against Texas Tech. … Senior guard Marcus Denmon is sixth on the school's career scoring list with 1,714 points. Arthur Johnson (1,759) is in fifth place. … Coach Frank Haith was named the Associated Press Big 12 coach of the year. … Sophomore point guard Phil Pressey leads the Big 12 in assists (6.1 per game) and steals (2.1 per game).

No. 3 seed Iowa State
Next at the Sprint Center: Iowa State faces No. 6 Texas at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Thus far: 22-9 overall, 12-6 in Big 12.
Coach: Fred Hoiberg.
Big 12 Championship history: 7-14; championship in 2000.
Probable starters: Royce White, 6-8 Soph. F; Melvin Ejim, 6-60 Soph F; Chris Allen, 6-3 Sr. G; Scott Christopherson, 6-3 Sr. G; Chris Babb, 6-5 Jr. G.
You need to know: The Cyclones are No. 25 in the Associated Press poll. … Royce White is the only player in the country who leads his team in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocked shots. … Senior Scott Christopherson leads the Big 12 in 3-point field goal percentage (44.5) and free throw percentage (89.5). … The Cyclones are a No. 3 seed in the Big 12 Championship for the first time. Iowa State was twice a No. 1 seed (2000, 2001). … Iowa State has lost in the first round each of the last six years. The Cyclones' last victory was in 2005, a 77-57 defeat of Baylor.

No. 4 seed Baylor
Next at the Sprint Center: Baylor will face No. 5 Kansas State at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
Thus far: 25-6 overall, 12-6 in Big 12.
Coach: Scott Drew.
Big 12 Championship history: 9-14.
(28-7; championships in 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 1999, 1998, 1997.)
Probable starters: Pierre Jackson, 5-10 Jr. G; Brady Heslip, 6-2 Soph. G; Quincy Miller, 6-9 Fr. F; Quincy Acy, 6-7 Sr. F; Perry Jones III, 6-11 Soph. F.
You need to know: Baylor's six losses have come to four Big 12 teams (Kansas, Missouri, Iowa State and Kansas State) that have a combined record of 96-27. … The Bears, a No. 9 seed, reached the Big 12 Championship game in 2009 but lost to Missouri. … In his last four games, Pierre Jackson is averaging 21.5 points per game and has made 13-of-24 3-pointers (54.1 percent). …Baylor has been ranked in the top 15 for a program-record 18 consecutive weeks.

No. 5 seed Kansas State
Next at the Sprint Center: Kansas State faces No. 4 Baylor at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
Thus far: 21-9 overall, 10-8 in Big 12.
Coach: Frank Martin.
Big 12 Championship history: 9-15.
(28-7; championships in 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 1999, 1998, 1997.)
Probable starters: Angel Rodriguez, 5-11 Fr. G; Will Spradling, 6-2 Soph. G; Rodney McGruder, 6-4 Jr. G;Jamar Samuels, 6-7 Sr. F; Jordan Henriquez, 6-11 Jr. C.
You need to know: Rodney McGruder has scored 20 or more points in three of the past five games. … McGruder leads the Wildcats in scoring and is second in rebounding. … Kansas State has won four of its last five, including back-to-back victories over top 10 teams Baylor and Missouri; that was a first for the school. … The Wildcats have won four of their last five games with Baylor. … In its last four games, Kansas State is shooting 49.2 percent from the field (105-of-213).

No. 6 seed Texas
Next at the Sprint Center: Texas faces No. 3 seed Iowa State at 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Thus far: 19-12 overall, 9-9 in Big 12.
Coach: Rick Barnes.
Big 12 Championship history: 20-15.
Probable starters: Sheldon McCLellan, 6-4 Fr. G; Myck Kabongo, 6-1 Fr. G; J'Covan Brown, 6-1 Jr. G; Jonathan Holmes, 6-7 Fr. F: Clint Chapman, 6-10 Sr. F/C.
You need to know: Senior forward Alexis Wangmene was scheduled to undergo surgery Tuesday. He dislocated his wrist in the final game of the season and will miss the rest of the season. … Junior guard J'Covan Brown, in his first season as a starter, was named first team All-Big12 and led the Conference in scoring at 20 points per game. … A victory over Iowa State would give the Longhorns 20 victories for the 13th consecutive season. … Texas has reached the Big 12 Championship game six times but has yet to win.

No. 7 seed Oklahoma State
Next at the Sprint Center: Oklahoma State faces No. 10 Texas Tech at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Thus far: 14-17 overall, 7-11 in Big 12.
Coach: Travis Ford.
Big 12 Championship history: 20-13; championships in 2005, 2004.
Probable starters: Michael Cobbins, 6-8 Fr. F; Marek Soucek, 7-0 Fr. F/C; Brian Williams, 6-5 Fr. G; Keiton Page, 5-9 Sr. G; Markel Brown, 6-3 Soph. G.
You need to know: The Cowboys last had a losing overall record in 1988 and the 17 losses are the most since the 1987 team finished 8-20. … Oklahoma State's only Big 12 road victory the last two seasons came this year at Lubbock when the Cowboys defeated Texas Tech 80-63. … The Cowboys won both regular season games with the Red Raiders. Oklahoma State hasn't defeated a Big 12 foe three times in one season since 2005 when it defeated Texas Tech twice in the regular season and then in the 2005 Big 12 Championship game.

No. 8 seed Oklahoma
Next at the Sprint Center: Oklahoma faces No. 9 seed Texas A&M at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Thus far: 15-15 overall, 5-13 in Big 12.
Coach: Lon Kruger.
Big 12 Championship history: 20-12; championships in 2003, 2002, 2001.
Probable starters: Romero Osby, 6-8 Jr. F; Andrew Fitzgerald, 6-8 Jr. F; Sam Grooms, 6-1 Jr. G; Steven Pledger, 6-4 Jr. G; Cameron Clark, 6-6 Soph. G.
You need to know: The Sooners beat the Aggies 65-62 in Norman on Saturday. Texas A&M beat Oklahoma in overtime, 81-75, on Jan. 21 in College Station. … The junior trio of Steven Pledger, Andrew Fitzgerald and Romero Osby accounted for 64 percent of the team's points in Big 12 play (746 of 1,164) and 49 percent of its rebounds (277 of 567). … In its five Big 12 wins, Oklahoma held opponents to .390 field goal shooting. In OU's 13 Big 12 losses, opponents shot .475 from the field.

No. 9 seed Texas A&M
Next at the Sprint Center: Texas A&M faces No. 8 Oklahoma at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Thus far: 13-17 overall, 4-14 in Big 12.
Coach: Billy Kennedy.
Big 12 Championship history: 5-15.
Probable starters: David Loubeau, 6-8 Sr. F; Khris Middleton, 6-7 Jr. F; Ray Turner, 6-9 Jr. F; Dash Harris, 6-1 Sr. G; Elston Turner, 6-5 Jr. G.
You need to know: Texas A&M is the only current team that has yet to appear in the championship game. … The 17 losses are the most for the Aggies since going 7-21 in 2004. They finished 0-16 in the Big 12 that season. … Junior guard Elston Turner is in the top 10 in the Big 12 in four offensive categories. … This is the first time in eight years that the Aggies are the lower-seeded team for the Big 12 Championship opener.

No. 10 seed Texas Tech
Next at the Sprint Center: Texas Tech faces No. 7 Oklahoma State at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Thus far: 8-22 overall, 1-17 in Big 12.
Coach: Billy Gillispie.
Big 12 Championship history: 12-15.
Probable starters: Terran Petteway, 6-6 Fr. F; Jordan Tolbert, 6-7 Fr. F; Robert Lewandowski, 6-10 Sr. C; Ty Nurse, 6-1 Jr. G; Javarez Willis, 5-11 Soph. G.
You need to know: This is the sixth meeting between Oklahoma State and Texas Tech in the Big 12 Championships. The Cowboys have won of the five meetings. … Texas Tech's eight victories are its fewest since 1991 and its conference record is the worst since 1990 when the Red Raiders finished 0-16 in the Southwest Conference. … Freshman Jordan Tolbert leads Texas Tech in scoring at 11.4 per game; he averaged 15.4 in nonconference games.
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