Big 12 basketball notebook: Expect surprises in the Big 12 Tournament

With the way this conference season has gone, Big 12 coaches said Monday that upsets and a surprise champion would not be out of the question.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: March 11, 2013
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photo - Baylor's Cory Jefferson (34) scores over Kansas Jeff Withey (5) in the second half of an NCAA basketball game on Saturday, March 9,  2013, in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 81-58. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte) ORG XMIT: TXWAC113
Baylor's Cory Jefferson (34) scores over Kansas Jeff Withey (5) in the second half of an NCAA basketball game on Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 81-58. (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte) ORG XMIT: TXWAC113

“If people don't think officiating is a big part about what's happening in the game, you're wrong,” the Longhorns coach said.

He said he'd also like to see a 30-second shot clock and NBA lanes.

“Over the last couple years, I don't think our games are getting better,” Barnes said, “because we're not making the changes to get better.”

EXTRA POINTS

In 90 Big 12 games this season, 52 have gone to overtime or were decided by 10 or less points.

That means 57.7 percent of league play were close contests.

According to Sagarin Ratings, the Big 12 ranks the third-best league in the nation.

Single session tickets are available for the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championships starting Tuesday at sprintcenter.com or Sprint Center Box Office. They are $62 plus fees for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday sessions or $47 plus fees for Saturday's championship game. All-session tickets are $195 plus fees.

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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