TWEAKED PITCHING ROTATIONS
The tournament's altered format allows coaches an opportunity to alter their strategies and pitching rotations.
West Virginia, for instance, will throw ace and Big 12 Pitcher of the Year Harrison Musgrave on Friday instead of Thursday, no longer worried about the potential of a drop into the loser's bracket.
It gives Musgrave an extra day of rest and a matchup with a TCU team he already beat earlier this season, the only win WVU had in a three-game series against the Horned Frogs.
Across the board, coaches and mix and match pitchers to teams in their pool, now knowing they're scheduled for three games.
For TCU and West Virginia, this year marks their first appearance in the Big 12 Tournament.
TCU has been excellent of late in conference tournaments, winning six titles in the last nine years.
The Horned Frogs have also done it at several different places, winning tournaments at Houston, Southern Miss, UNLV (twice), TCU and San Diego State.
West Virginia hasn't fared as well. The Mountaineers haven't won a conference tournament since 1996 and haven't won their first game in one since 2006.