Kansas and Kansas State are the top-two favorites for the Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship.
One of the two teams that won the regular season conference crown could easily hold a new title at weekend's end.
But so could a handful of other team's in the league. And with the way this conference season has gone, Big 12 coaches said Monday in their weekly conference call that upsets and a surprise champion wouldn't be out of the question.
“You can't go a week without seeing scores that you're like, ‘Boy, that's unbelievable' and ‘How'd that happen?''” Baylor coach Scott Drew said. “Before long, you realize that's just normal nowadays.”
Drew's Baylor Bears produced one of those scores this weekend — an 81-58 victory against Kansas.
“It's not predictable at all,” Kansas coach Bill Self said of the upcoming postseason tournament. “There are teams that are fighting to get into the (NCAA) tournament … It's as open a (Big 12) tournament as we've had, at least since I've been at KU.”
RICK BARNES SOUNDS OFF
Texas coach Rick Barnes was asked about one-and-dones, things that are OK and things in the league that need fixed.
Barnes says he's a firm believer in “if you're not getting better, you're getting worse.” Barnes said he'd like to see the game more uniformed in officiating across the nation.
“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.”
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.
TCU coach Trent Johnson on the difference in his team's offensive challenges after the Horned Frogs beat Oklahoma: “Ball's going in.”