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What will happen to the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City now that Missouri's gone?

BERRY TRAMEL COMMENTARY — For years, fans from Missouri and Kansas have dominated the stands at the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City. But now that Missouri is headed to the SEC, questions abound about Kansas City's viability as a “Big 12” town.
by Berry Tramel Published: March 10, 2012

And even Brassfield doesn't sound optimistic. For one thing, “they (Kansas City) do such a great job with it.” And for another, one of the negatives about KC is gone.

Starting next season, the Big 12 will try two years of splitting the women's tournament from the men. It will be played over the weekend previous to the men's weekend and be played in a different city (Dallas in 2013, OKC in 2014).

The women's tournament always has been strength of Oklahoma City's bid. The women's tournament always has drawn poorly in Kansas City.

Nelson said KC would continue to bid for the women's tournament, but truth is, the women were an albatross that Kansas City endured.

The men's tournament, a KC staple since the old Big Six Holiday Tournament began in 1947, is the desired jewel. Even without Mizzou.

“Obviously, Kansas City has done such a great job historically with this tournament,” Self said. “I can't see it taking a step backwards at all from an interest standpoint, or an attendance standpoint.”

Sorry, but that won't fly. If this tournament is in Dallas or Oklahoma City, Missouri's absence is no big deal. In Kansas City, Missouri leaves a big void.

“We're very sad to see them go,” Nelson said. “I feel like we will miss Missouri. We'll miss those fans. But we know the strength of Kansas fans and K-State fans and Iowa State fans.

“The Big 12 has assured us they want to be here. They know we know how to host men's basketball and host it well. I think that's been all put to rest.”

The Big 12 isn't crazy about playing its conference tournament in Missouri. But it is crazy about playing in Kansas City. Expect the Big 12 Tournament to stay in Border Town.

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by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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