Seeds Set for Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship


Courtesy of the Big 12 Conference

Seeds have been determined for the 2021 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship to be played March 10-13 in Kansas City’s T-Mobile Center. Baylor earned the No. 1 seed after winning its first Big 12 regular season title.

Joining the Bears as top six seeds are No. 2 Kansas, No. 3 Texas, No. 4 West Virginia, No. 5 Oklahoma State and No. 6 Texas Tech. The top six seeds receive first round byes and will begin play on Thursday.

First-round games will be contested on Wednesday with No. 8 TCU versus No. 9 Kansas State and No. 7 Oklahoma against No. 10 Iowa State.

The entire Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship will be televised nationally on ESPN or ESPN2 and also available on the ESPN App.

T-Mobile Center – Kansas City

Wednesday, March 10
No. 8 TCU vs. No. 9 Kansas State (ESPN) 5:30 p.m.
No. 7 Oklahoma vs. No. 10 Iowa State (ESPN) 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 11
No. 4 West Virginia vs. No. 5 Oklahoma State (ESPN/2) 10:30 a.m.
No. 1 Baylor vs. Game 1 Winner (ESPN/2) 1:30 p.m.
No. 2 Kansas vs. Game 2 Winner (ESPN/2) 5:30 p.m.
No. 3 Texas vs. No. 6 Texas Tech (ESPN/2) 8:30 p.m.

Friday, March 12
Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner (ESPN/2) 5:30 p.m.
Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner (ESPN/2) 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 13
Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner (ESPN) 5:00 p.m.

Times / Networks subject to change.
All games are available via the ESPN App.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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