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Big 12 sends NCAA best 7 teams to Big Dance


Coaches, players, and supporters of the Big 12 have touted their conference all season, saying it has been the best in the country. Sunday evening, the NCAA selection committee reinforced that belief by sending seven teams to the NCAA Tournament - more than any conference in America.

Kansas, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma State, and Kansas State are all headed to the Big Dance next week.

By sending seven of the ten conference teams to the NCAA's, the Big 12 has 70 percent of its conference represented - the highest percentage in NCAA Tournament history.

Regular season champion, Kansas received a number two seed in the South Region. The Jayhawks play In St. Louis against 15-seed Eastern Kentucky in the Round of 64. Winner plays either seven-seed New Mexico or 10-seed Stanford.

Tournament champion Iowa State received a three seed in the East Region. The Cyclones are playing NC Central in the Round of 64 in San Antonio. Winner plays either six-seed North Carolina or 11-seed Providence.

Oklahoma received a five seed in the West Region. The Sooners will play in Spokane, Wa., against 12-seed North Dakota State. The winner will play either four-seed San Diego State or 13-seed New Mexico State.

Baylor received a six seed in the West Region. The Bears play in San Antonio against old Big 12 foe, 11-seed Nebraska from the Big Ten now. Winner plays three-seed Creighton or 14-seed Louisiana Lafayette.

Texas received a seven seed in the Midwest Region. The Longhorns are matched up with 10-seed Arizona State. in Milwaukee. Winner plays either two-seed Michigan or 15-seed Wofford.

Oklahoma State grabbed a nine seed in the West Region. The Cowboys play in San Diego against eight-seed Gonzaga. Winner plays one-seed Arizona or 16-seed Weber State.

Lastly, Kansas State received a nine seed in the Midwest Region. The Wildcats are in Saint Louis playing eight-seed Kentucky. Winner plays one-seed Wichita State. or 16-seed play-in game winner Cal Poly or Texas Southern.

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