Originally published March 7, 2021 at 12:45p.m., updated March 7, 2021 at 09:06p.m.

Jayhawks officially the No. 2 seed in 2021 Big 12 tournament

Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot (44) and Kansas guard Dajuan Harris (3) help Kansas guard Christian Braun (2) off the floor after Braun took a charge during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Mitch Lightfoot (44) and Kansas guard Dajuan Harris (3) help Kansas guard Christian Braun (2) off the floor after Braun took a charge during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Oklahoma State’s 80-75 win over West Virginia on Saturday secured a second-place finish in the Big 12 Conference for the Kansas men’s basketball team.

As a result, Kansas will be the No. 2 seed in next week’s Big 12 tournament at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Mo. Bill Self’s squad will play the winner of Wednesday’s 7-10 matchup between Oklahoma and Iowa State at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Jayhawks, who capped off Big 12 play with a 13-point win over then-unbeaten Baylor in the 18th and final game of their conference season last Saturday, played one nonconference game this week, but mostly watched their Big 12 brothers finish their seasons with make-up games and rescheduled contests from various COVID-19 pauses throughout the season.

Because not all teams were able to play a full 18-game Big 12 slate this season, there were contingency plans in place for determining the Big 12’s regular season champion.

The plans, put in place by the league office, were based on adjusted winning percentage and phantom losses, which only would have been necessary if any Big 12 team did not come within at least three games of the average number of Big 12 games played by each Big 12 team this season.

The average wound up being 17 (170 games divided by 10 teams) and Baylor, with its win over Texas Tech on Sunday afternoon, reached the 14-game mark, meaning none of the plans were needed.

What's more, Baylor's 88-73 win over the Red Raiders made the Bears 13-1 in Big 12 play, meaning that even if BU had played and lost all four conference games it missed because of COVID-19, Scott Drew's squad still would have finished with fewer losses than any other Big 12 team.

With all of that said, the seedings for the conference tournament were always going to be based on actual winning percentage. And Kansas, which finished 12-6 overall in Big 12 play, edged out West Virginia for second place and the No. 2 seed because a .667 winning percentage is better than WVU’s .647 winning percentage at 11-6.

Texas, which closed out the Big 12 regular season with a 12-point win at TCU on Sunday evening, also finished 11-6, but, again, that leaves the Longhorns a few percentage points behind KU for the No. 2 spot.

Here are the final seeds for next week's tournament, which opens with the bottom four teams playing each other on Wednesday.

1 - Baylor 13-1

2 - Kansas 12-6

3 - Texas 11-6

4 - West Virginia 11-6

5 - Oklahoma State 11-7

6 - Texas Tech 9-8

7 - Oklahoma 9-8

8 - TCU 5-11

9 - Kansas State 4-14

10 - Iowa State 0-18

If KU wins on Thursday, against Oklahoma (9-8) or Iowa State (0-18), the Jayhawks would play at 8:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.

KU finished the regular season 19-8 overall and 12-6 in Big 12 play. This will mark the fifth time the Jayhawks have been the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 tournament. KU also played as the 2 seed in 2001, 2005, 2006 and 2008, winning the title in 2006 and 2008 and falling in the semifinals in 2001 and 2005.

Overall, Kansas has won 15 postseason tournament titles, including 11 in the Big 12 era, which began in 1996-97. KU’s last conference title came in 2018.


Brett McCabe 1 year, 5 months ago

19-8. For a program that pays for its recruits, frequently benches players due to indiscretions, has won one title in Dollar Bill era, is under investigation by the NCAA and has built an abomination that looks like an infection on Allen Fieldhouse, this record of under achievement is astonishing.

Some posters talk about how Dollar Bill doesn’t get enough credit for this team. Who recruited this team? Who offered the scholarships and made the promises? Who coached the team for those wonderful beatings by Texas, Gonzaga and Baylor? And those three weeks of glorious basketball?

These young men deserve better.

And thank goodness FHSU wasn’t on the schedule.

Steve Zimmerman 1 year, 5 months ago

Instead of attacking, why don't you suggest something? Let's hear it/them.

Starts with something like:

If I were coach Self, ...

Scott MacWilliams 1 year, 5 months ago

I think BM is actually a Mizery fan, or maybe Kintucky...

Sae Thirtysix 1 year, 5 months ago

Unleash the McCoob . . . what a mizerable sports page existence he lives.

Greg Bowles 1 year, 5 months ago

Wow Brett McCabe, your a real downer! Where is all this hate coming from. Oh I'm sure you could do a better job than Self has, right? Are you a true KU fan, or just a troll who tries to ruffle the fans feathers. If you don't like the KU fan base, maybe you should find a different venue to rant your frustrations.

Sae Thirtysix 1 year, 5 months ago

Dale, not sure the guy ever had meds . . . needs them, desparately.

Lee Short 1 year, 5 months ago

Brett, you are way over the top. You might not even realize it, so I write the following out of concern for your welll being. Brett, I can't imagine the level of conflict you must be in regularly to be write something so mean spirited. Hopefully, you'll come to your senses and start to understand what this website is for as well as gain some personal awareness that posting like this just alienates you without achieving any influence, if that is your goal.

If you have a significant other in your life, you might want to show her what you are about to post before you do. Also, going through some kind of intervention could greatly improve your outlook on life. Gaining some balance is much more important than basketball or expressing a view of someone you disdain so much.

Len Shaffer 1 year, 5 months ago

Interesting that ISU ended up 0-18. Has anyone done that in the Big XII before?

Bryce Landon 1 year, 5 months ago

TCU went 0-18 in 2013-2014.

Iowa State going 0-18 in Big 12 play is music to my ears!

Dirk Medema 1 year, 5 months ago

Interesting seed. Assuming seeding plays out, the semifinal would be against a team we lost to twice already. Ultimately, it’s about winning games.

Dirk Medema 1 year, 5 months ago

Matt - Isn’t the last sentence missing the word “tournament”?

Didn’t we win the conference last year, though obviously not the tourney that never happened.

W Keith Swinehart II 1 year, 5 months ago

One game at a time. Pay attention to, and respect the next opponent. Play to win, and play hard. 2 seed means nothing. It's how you play. Congratulations. You are in the tournament.

Noel Backwards 1 year, 5 months ago

For all of the negative talk about this team, for them to finish 2nd in this year's Big 12 is pretty impressive.

Tony Bandle 1 year, 5 months ago

Nice!!! Leon.

Let's see, Scott would be Ttocs [nice touch with the double "t" starting your name], Dirk would be Krid, Brett would be Ttreb [another double "t", try and smile, OK?], Lee would be Eel [delicious sushi], Len would be Nel, Tony would be Ynot [HEY..Why Not] !!

After Brett's lead off, I thought I'd inject a little silliness.

Jonathan Allison 1 year, 5 months ago

you forgot that W would be W.

Also Keith would be Htiek. Oh and Jonathan would be Nahtanoj (could abbrev to Not OJ)

Keith Gellar 1 year, 5 months ago

Is it? Big 12 is pretty impressive? I hear that every year and then watch the big 12 flame out. No, its highly unimpressive for KU to finish second. KU even with a 4 player team should be able to beat the little 12. There simply is no excuse.

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