The Big 12 placed five teams into the 2011 NCAA Championship for the first time since having six in 2008. Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M will host first round action this weekend, while Texas will travel to South Carolina.
Texas A&M was the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship after winning the 2011 Big 12 Championship in San Antonio, Texas. To claim their fifth Big 12 Championship crown, the Aggies downed previously unbeaten Oklahoma State as senior midfielder Megan Mejewski scored with only nine seconds remaining in regulation for the 1-0 victory.
The Big 12 has three of the nation's top 15 teams according to RPI. Oklahoma State is seventh, Texas A&M is No. 11 and Baylor checks in at 14th.
The Big 12 is 69-24-3 against non-conference opponents this season, including records of 4-1 against Conference USA opponents, 3-1-1 against the Big Ten and 8-1-1 versus the Pac-12.
This season, the Big 12 has the nation's top scoring offense (Texas A&M, 3.23 goals per game) and the country's best defense (Oklahoma State, .264 goals allowed per game).
Success at home has translated to overall success for Big 12 teams. The top three teams (Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Baylor) have a combined 28-2-3 record at home, which has propelled them to a combined 44-8-5 overall mark.