Big 12 Record in NCAA Tournament: How is the Big 12 doing in March Mardness? [Updated for Final Four]

Kansas guard Joseph Yesufu. (Syndication: The Des Moines Register)
Kansas guard Joseph Yesufu. (Syndication: The Des Moines Register) /

Seven Big 12 teams made it into March Madness this year, including defending champion Kansas. What is the Big 12 record in the NCAA Tournament so far?

Last year the Big 12 added to its tally of NCAA men’s basketball championships thanks to the Kansas Jayhawks.

In 2023, seven Big 12 programs are vying for tournament glory, from Kansas to Texas, Baylor, Kansas State, TCU, Iowa State and West Virginia.

How as the conference fared in March Madness thus far?

Big 12 March Madness Record

After the Elite Eight, the Big 12 record in the NCAA Tournament was 9-7 no more teams remaining in March Madness.

Elite Eight:

The Elite Eight wasn’t kind to the Big 12.

On Saturday, Kansas State ran into the Cinderella freight train of No. 9 Florida Atlantic, falling 79-76.

Texas followed K-State on their way out of the tournament. They blew a 13-point lead against No. 5 seed Miami and lost 88-81.

Sweet 16:

Kansas State and Texas both survived their Sweet 16 matchups against No. 7 seed Michigan State and No. 3 seed Xavier respectively.

On Thursday, the Wildcats outlasted the Spartans for a 98-93 victory. Then on Friday, the Longhorns put a beatdown on the Musketeers, 83-71.

Round of 32:

Things went very wrong for Kansas in the Second Round as they blew a second-half lead over No. 8 seed Arkansas to lose 72-71. A shirtless Eric Musselman followed.

Penn State gave Texas all they could handle but the No. 2 seed Longhorns prevailed, 71-66.

Kansas State made sure the conference had someone represented in the Sweet 16 by besting No. 6 seed Kentucky, 75-69.

Baylor was upended by Creighton in the Second Round in an 85-76 loss that the Bears almost came back in.

TCU almost pulled off a big upset of Gonzaga, but fell short of the Sweet 16 in an 84-81 loss to the Bulldogs.

Round of 64:

In the first round, Kansas wasted no time dispathing No. 16 seed Howard in their opening game, 96-68.

No. 2 seed Texas also had no time for an upset bid, dropping No. 15 Colgate 81-61 to advance without issue.

No. 9 seed West Virginia was the first Big 12 team to fall. They lost to No. 8 Maryland on Thursday, 67-65.

No. 3 seed Baylor got the better of No. 14 seed UC Santa Barbara with their 74-56 victory on Friday in the South Region.

East Region No. 3 seed Kansas State followed suit by beating No. 14 Montana State, 77-65.

Late Friday night, No. 6 seed TCU was challenged by No. 11 seed Arizona but they ultimately survived 72-70.

No. 6 seed Iowa State couldn’t say the same. They were blasted away by No. 11 seed Pittsburgh to end their tournament showing in disappointment.

The Big 12 may not have dominated the college basketball scene historically but they’ve certainly come on strong recently. Baylor won the title in 2021 while Kansas returned to the mountain top in 2022.

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