Will Higher Seeds Continue Perfect Run in Big 12 Tournament?

Willie Bee

Friday, March 9, 2018 2:14 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 9, 2018 2:14 PM UTC

Everything has gone according to plan in the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, where higher seeds have won all six games and covered the NCAA basketball odds in four of those outcomes.

No. 1 Kansas (25-7 SU, 16-14 ATS) vs. No. 4 Kansas State (22-10 SU, 14-15 ATS)No. 2 Texas Tech (24-8 SU, 13-14 ATS) vs. No. 3 West Virginia (23-9 SU, 14-14 ATS)Free NCAAB Picks: Kansas -6; West Virginia -2Best Lines Offered: Bookmaker

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Upsets are a huge part of college basketball’s allure this time of year. We rarely give much thought to a little guy taking out a big guy from November through February, but we practically expect David to beat Goliath in March.

So far in the Big 12 Tournament, however, Goliath has prevailed in all six games as the higher seeds stand a perfect 6-0 heading into the semifinals. Not only have the higher seeds won each time, they’ve covered the NCAA basketball odds in four of the six. Will that trend continue Friday in Kansas City, or will we get to witness the unexpected?

Kansas & Kansas State Square Off In Sunflower Showdown

Action begins with a 7 PM (ET) tip at Sprint Center between longtime rivals Kansas and Kansas State. The Jayhawks advanced with an 82-68 decision vs. Oklahoma State, putting their two regular-season losses to the Cowboys behind them with a strong second half to cover as 6-point favorites. The Wildcats were getting 2½ points vs. TCU despite being the higher seed and went to overtime before finally sending the Horned Frogs packing, 66-64.

Kansas is looking for its 8th straight win in the series, and Bookmaker has KU giving up 6 for a second consecutive day with 141½ for the total. Though a 6-point spread might not sound like much, a K-State win would be a huge upset in the series after the Wildcats have gone 5-56 against their rivals since the Big 12 was formed. The Jayhawks are without their big man in the middle, Udoka Azubuike, due to a knee injury, but still have Big 12 Player of the Year Devonte’ Graham, who showed off his leadership skills in the win over Okie State. Behind the senior point guard, I’ll rock the chalk for my play in this one.

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Good morning from Kansas City! Catch up on all of last night's action with Tony Caridi in Thursday's Big 12 Championship report, presented by United Bank. pic.twitter.com/4xXsggk9S9

— WVU Basketball (@WVUhoops) March 9, 2018

Texas Tech & West Virginia Meet In Rubber Match

Once the Jayhawks and Wildcats are done, Texas Tech and West Virginia square off in the nightcap after splitting their two regular-season contests. The Red Raiders dispatched Texas in the quarters, 73-69, but failed to cover as 6½-point favorites. The Mountaineers fed off Jevon Carter’s half-court heave to end the first half in their matchup with Baylor to advance with a 78-65 decision an cover a 6-point spread.

Each school won at home in the regular-season matchup. West Virginia covered both games, which isn’t unusual with Mountaineers backers collecting the green seven of the last 10 meetings. We anticipate WVU to carry 2-point chalk with 139-140 for the total. My free NCAA basketball pick here is on the Mountaineers.

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