Swirling Seed Scenarios
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          Release: 03/04/2010
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By Wendell Barnhouse | wendell@big12sports.com
Big12Sports.com Correspondent

A person would have a better chance figuring out the plot to the television series "Lost" than trying to follow the dizzying seeding scenarios for Big 12 men's basketball.

The final day of the regular-season is Saturday. The Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship starts Wednesday. Rest assured, the Big 12 Conference office staff will have sorted out the seeds well before then.

There are 21 different possibilities for ties in regular-season records between two, three or four teams. Only four teams are locked in to their seeds: No. 1 Kansas, No. 7 Oklahoma State, No. 11 Iowa State and No. 12 Nebraska. The other eight won't know their championship seed until Saturday's games are finished.

The top four seeds receive first-round byes in Kansas City. In addition to Kansas, Kansas State is assured of a top-four seed. Baylor, Texas A&M, Missouri and Texas are all in the running for a top-four seed.

In one scenario, there could be a four-way tie at 11-5 between Kansas State, Missouri, Baylor and Texas A&M. There also could be a four-team logjam at 10-6 between Missouri, Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas.

What does it mean to be seeded in the top four? In 13 previous championships, no team seeded lower than No. 3 has ever won the title.

2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship -- Seeding Scenarios

Teams Possible Record      
Seed Order
KSU, MU    11-5 MU #2, KSU #3
KSU, BU    11-5 KSU #2, BU #3
KSU, TAMU    11-5 KSU #2, TAMU #3
MU, BU    11-5 BU #3, MU #4
BU, TAMU    11-5 BU #3, TAMU #4
MU, TAMU    11-5 TAMU #3, MU #4
BU, MU, TAMU    11-5 BU #3, TAMU #4, MU #5
KSU, BU, TAMU    11-5 KSU #2, BU #3, TAMU #4
KSU, MU, TAMU    11-5 TAMU #2, MU #3, KSU #4
KSU, MU, BU    11-5 BU #2, MU #3, KSU #4
KSU, MU, BU, TAMU      
   11-5 BU #2, MU #3, KSU #4, TAMU #5    
MU, BU, TAMU, UT    10-6 MU #3, UT #4, BU #5, TAMU #6
BU, TAMU, UT    10-6 UT #4, BU #5, TAMU #6
MU, BU, UT    10-6 MU #4, UT #5, BU #6
BU, UT    10-6 UT #5, BU #6
UT, OSU      9-7 UT #6, OSU #7
TTU, OU, CU    5-11 TTU #8, CU #9, OU #10
ISU, TTU, OU    4-12 TTU #9, OU #10, ISU #11
ISU, OU    4-12 OU #10, ISU #11
TTU, ISU    4-12 TTU #10, ISU #11
NU, ISU    3-13 ISU #11, NU #12
Note: Seeds listed in bold type are confirmed and will not change based on results from March 6

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