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2016-17 Season Review
April 10, 2017

The Big 12’s season ended in the Elite Eight as Baylor fell in overtime to national runner-up Mississippi State.

With Texas also advancing to Regionals, the Big 12 placed at least two teams in the Sweet 16 for the 10th-consecutive season (since 2008).

This year marked the eighth-consecutive in which at least 70 percent of Big 12 teams participated in postseason play.

The Big 12’s six NCAA Championship bids marked the 10th time out of 11 years for at least six squads to make the field. The Big 12 was the only league with 60 percent of its teams chosen in 2017.

Including this year’s selections, the Big 12 has 128 appearances in the NCAA Championship and 41 in the WNIT for a total of 169 postseason bids since inception in 1996-97.

Baylor won its seventh-consecutive and eighth overall Big 12 regular season title while West Virginia captured its first Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship to earn the Conference’s automatic NCAA bid.

Fifty percent of Conference teams finished in the top 37 of the final NCAA RPI while all 10 teams were in the top 70 for strength of schedule.   

The Big 12 closed out the season by hosting the Women’s Final Four in front of sold-out crowds in Dallas’ American Airlines Center. It was the Championship’s first appearance in Dallas.  

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