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Ryan Spangler #00 of the Oklahoma Sooners and Greig Stire #43 of the Albany Great Danes go up for a rebound during the second half of the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on March 20, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (credit: Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Thomas, Hield Lead Sooners Over 1st-Game NCAA Hump, 69-60

TaShawn Thomas powered his way to 18 points inside and versatile Buddy Hield added 15 to lead third-seeded Oklahoma past Albany 69-60.

03/20/2015

Head coach Rick Barnes of the Texas Longhorns reacts in the second half against the Butler Bulldogs during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Consol Energy Center on March 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (credit: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Big 12 Hopping Mad As March Madness Begins

The Big 12 spent all season puffing out its chest. The league pointed to its RPI, that mercurial number that only seems to take on meaning in March, and the number of teams it had in the Top 25 as evidence of its superiority.

03/20/2015

Johnathan Motley #35 of the Baylor Bears rebounds the ball against Ryann Green #2 of the Georgia State Panthers in the first half during the second round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 19, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Georgia State Stuns Baylor In NCAA Tournament

R.J. Hunter’s 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds remaining capped a comeback from a 12-point deficit and lifted 14th-seeded Georgia State to a 57-56 opening-game victory over third-seeded Baylor

03/19/2015

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Butler Uses Late Surge To Put Away Texas 56-48

Kellen Dunham scored 20 points, including a pivotal 3-pointer with 1:18 to play, to lift sixth-seeded Butler to a 56-48 victory over 11th-seeded Texas in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday

03/19/2015

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Nina, Niya Another Top Duo For NCAA-Bound Baylor Women

With Big 12 player of the year Nina Davis and national assists leader Niya Johnson, the fifth-ranked Lady Bears will open the NCAA Tournament at home for the fourth time in five years.

03/17/2015

Kansas Jayhawks fans cheer on their team as members are introduced prior to a game against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Allen Fieldhouse on February 8, 2014 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Big 12 Can Validate Status As Best League

The Big 12 again has seven teams in the NCAA Tournament.

03/17/2015

Bryce Dejean-Jones of the Iowa State Cyclones drives around Javan Felix of the Texas Longhorns at the Frank Erwin Center on February 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (credit: Chris Covatta/Getty Images)

Cyclones Top Texas In Big 12 Tournament

An 18-foot jumper capped a dramatic 12-0 closing run, giving the Cyclones a 69-67 victory over the Longhorns in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.

03/13/2015

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Oklahoma Beats OSU In Big 12 Quarterfinals

Buddy Hield scored 22 points, TaShawn Thomas added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and the No. 15 Sooners took advantage of an early second-half run to beat Oklahoma State 64-49 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.

03/13/2015

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No. 16 Baylor Beats No. 18 WVU In Big 12 Tourney

Taurean Prince scored 18 points off the bench, Royce O’Neale added 16 and No. 16 Baylor pulled away late to beat No. 18 West Virginia 80-70 on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.

03/12/2015

Cameron Ridley of the Texas Longhorns looks to drive to the goal against Robert Turner of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during the first round of the Big 12 basketball tournament at Sprint Center on March 11, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (credit: Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Texas Tops Texas Tech In Big 12 Tournament

Behind the inspired play of its flashy point guard and bruising forward, the seventh-seeded Longhorns put away Texas Tech 65-53 on Wednesday night to help its NCAA tournament hopes.

03/12/2015

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 11:  Nino Williams #11 of the Kansas State Wildcats and Michael Williams #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs battle for a loose ball during the first round of the Big 12 basketball tournament at Sprint Center on March 11, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Washburn Sends TCU Past K-State 67-65 In Big 12 Tourney

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Chris Washburn and Kyan Anderson scored 16 points apiece, and TCU held on down the stretch to beat Kansas State 67-65 on Wednesday night for its first Big 12 tournament […]

03/11/2015

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Lady Bears Win 5th Straight Big 12 Tournament

The Lady Bears, after winning their fifth consecutive Big 12 regular-season in a season they weren’t even the preseason favorite, clinched their fifth conference tournament championship in a row with a 75-64 win over Texas on Monday night.

03/10/2015

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