Big 12 NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch: Seven Teams Safely In The Field?

The Big 12 emerged as undoubtedly the best conference in all of college basketball, routinely having six teams ranked at any point during the season - including five ranked in the top 10 at one point. Those six teams are definite locks to make the tournament, several of whom are fighting for a No. 1 or No. 2 seed, while another team is on the bubble. Here's a breakdown of where all seven of those teams stand with less than one week remaining until Selection Sunday.

Kansas Jayhawks (27-4, 15-3 in Big 12)
Oklahoma Sooners (24-6, 12-6)

Kansas is currently ranked No. 1 in the country and is line to receive the top overall seed in the tournament. Even if they falter in the Big 12 Tournament, they'll still be a one seed. As for Oklahoma, they're fighting for one of the bottom one seeds with Virginia, North Carolina, and Michigan State. They will lock up a top seed if they win the Big 12 Tournament, but will be on the two line if they don't.

West Virginia Mountaineers (24-7, 13-5)
Iowa State Cyclones (21-10, 10-8)
Baylor Bears (21-10, 10-8)
Texas Longhorns (20-11, 11-7)

These teams are all projected to be top six seeds in the tournament by ESPN's Joe Lunardi, putting them firmly in the tournament. West Virginia or Iowa State could rise to a two seed if they win the Big 12 Tournament, but all four will definitely be in with a good seed.

Texas Tech Red Raiders (19-11, 9-9)

Currently, Texas Tech is squarely in the tournament (Lunardi has them projected to be an eight seed), and their win over Kansas State probably solidified their spot in the tournament. The Red Raiders have played the toughest schedule in the country and rank 26th in the RPI, but losing to TCU in the Big 12 Tournament would drop them several seeds.

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