The Big 12 placed three teams into the 2012 NCAA Soccer Championship. Baylor secured a No. 3 seed and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, while Texas Tech made it to the second round and West Virginia fell in the first round.
Baylor's third-round appearance was the first in program history, while this was Texas Tech's first NCAA Championship in school history.
The Big 12 has advanced at least two teams to the second round of the NCAA
Championship and at least one squad to the third round in 15 of the league's 17 seasons.
Baylor earned the league's automatic NCAA bid after capturing its first Big 12 Soccer
Championship title. The Bears, ranked ninth in the latest RPI, downed No. 8 seed TCU 4-1
in the championship game at Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio, Texas.
In its inaugural season, West Virginia claimed the Big 12 soccer regular season crown. The
Conference title marks the sixth regular season championship for coach Nikki Izzo-Brown
and the WVU soccer program.
Baylor and WVU both went undefeated in conference play. This feat has been achieved six total times in the sport of soccer.
The Big 12 finished 62-28-11 against non-conference opponents this season, including records of 7-2-1 against Conference USA opponents, 6-0 against the Missouri Valley, 5-0 versus the Big Sky and 4-1 against the Big West.
BU ended its season third in the nation in goals-against average (.529) and fifth in won-lost-tied percentage (.860). The Bears posted a league-high 13 shutouts this season and finished as the only one-loss team in the nation.
Baylor had the league's most productive offense this year, averaging 6.32 points and 2.32 goals per game off of 21.20 shots per game. Texas Tech is second in all offensive categories.
The Big 12 had at least one team ranked in the top 25 all season and had multiple teams ranked in the same week 12 times. Six teams received votes at some point this year.