Clemson Tigers Preview: A First Look at the 2017 Big 12 Championship
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The NCAA tournament is in full swing and the conference has the talent to compete with any of the other Power Five conferences.
However, for now, the Tigers are in a state of limbo.
After losing to Kansas in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the Big 12 is looking to make its way into the championship game for the first time since 1996.
While the Tigers may not be a lock to make the postseason, they could potentially have a shot at a second straight trip to the Final Four if they advance to the championship on Sunday night.
The Big 12, which has won the last five Big 12 regular season games, is on the verge of adding a marquee game to its schedule.
It will play three conference rivals in the second round: Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas Tech.
The Thunder, who are the defending champions, have lost their last three games.
The Oklahoma State-Baylor matchup will mark the first meeting between the two teams this season, and the Bears will be looking to bounce back from an embarrassing loss to Oklahoma last season.
The Badgers, who lost to the Thunder in the regular season, were expected to be one of the favorites in the Big East Tournament but have not won in the conference tournament since they were ranked No. 2 in the preseason poll.
The Longhorns are currently ranked No, 8 in the AP Poll and have not played since the beginning of March.
Texas Tech will have the opportunity to finally face the Longhorns this season and will be trying to reach the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight season.
The two teams will meet for the third time in a series that will feature two top-five teams.
Baylor and Oklahoma State will meet in Austin, Texas, on March 6, followed by Oklahoma State and Texas in Norman, Okla., on March 11.
Texas Tech is coming off a 73-65 victory over Kansas State on Saturday and is looking for its first win over the Sooners since 2012.
The Horned Frogs have dropped three of their last four games, including a 76-71 loss at Texas Tech in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Oklahoma State was the only team to beat Baylor in the last meeting.
The game will mark Texas Tech’s first meeting against Oklahoma since 2007 and the third game of the Big Ten Tournament series.
Oklahoma City won in Austin in 2012 and 2014.
Oklahoma, who was ranked No., 7 in the USA TODAY Sports/Big 12 Coaches Poll, has lost five straight against Baylor.
The NCAA tournament is in full swing and the conference has the talent to compete with any of the other…