Seven Invited to the "Big Dance"
No. 1 overall seed Baylor is one of seven Big 12 teams that will participate in the 64-team field 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship. Other Conference squads "dancing" are No. 5 seed Iowa State, No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7 Oklahoma State, No. 7 Texas Tech, No. 11 West Virginia and No. 12 Kansas.
Baylor earned the Big 12's automatic berth for the third consecutive year and fifth time overall. This marks the second straight year in which the Lady Bears are the overall top seed. The Big 12 has received seven No. 1 seeds since inception in 1996-97.
The Big 12 placed seven teams in the NCAA field for the fourth consecutive year and seventh season overall.
Since 2000, the Big 12 has made 90 NCAA Tournament appearances (including 2013), which is second nationally and is one of just two leagues that has had at least six NCAA appearances each year since 2007.
The Big 12 has won the last two national titles and three since 2005.
K-State in WNIT
K-State was awarded the Big 12 automatic bid to the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT). The Wildcats will make their fourth appearance in the WNIT, and first since 2007. K-State has a 9-2 mark in its previous three showings. The WNIT increased to 64 teams in 2010. All games are played on the campus of a participating team in a single-elimination format.
Leader of the Pack
With seven NCAA Championship bids and one in the WNIT, the Big 12 leads the country with 80 percent of its teams in postseason play. The Conference is also the only to place 70 percent of its teams in the NCAA Championship. Just one league had more than the Big 12's seven bids.
2013 marks the second straight year for the Big 12 to lead the nation in percentage of teams in postseason and in the NCAA Tournament. Last year 90 percent played in postseason with 70 percent in the NCAA field.