Bracket Announced for Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship

The bracket is set for the 2023 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship to be played March 8-11 in Kansas City’s T-Mobile Center. Kansas earned the top seed after winning its 21st Big 12 regular season title and an NCAA record 64th all-time. The Jayhawks finished the highly-competitive league race with a 13-5 mark and are 25-6 overall.

Texas claimed the No. 2 seed, followed by No. 3 Kansas State, No. 4 Baylor, No. 5 Iowa State and No. 6 TCU. The top six seeds earned a first-round bye and will begin play on Thursday. Wednesday’s first round matchups feature No. 8 West Virginia vs. No. 9 Texas Tech and No. 7 Oklahoma State against No. 10 Oklahoma.

A limited number of single-session tickets are available for the Championship online only at or Prices range from $40 to $160 depending on availability, session and location.

The Conference will introduce a variety of entertainment and fan experience enhancements for the 2023 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. The enhancements include musical acts, merchandise collaborations, VIP appearances and more. Special performances will include Grammy-nominated Hip-Hop legend Fat Joe as well as NBA Hall-of-Famer and media personality Shaquille O’Neal, under his alias DJ Diesel. Additionally, Grammy-nominated artist Jordin Sparks will perform the national anthem for the men’s title game. A complete listing and additional information can be found here.

The Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship will be televised nationally on ESPN channels and simulcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. All games will also be available on the ESPN App. College basketball legend Dick Vitale will call the Men’s Championship Game, joined by Kris Budden and Jon Sciambi. Additional ESPN commentators for the Men’s Championship are Fran Fraschilla, Rich Hollenberg and Chris Spatola.

The Big 12 and ESPN recently announced a series of telecast enhancements for the men’s championship. Throughout the event, ESPN will be granted access to both the locker room and in-game huddles, providing fans with a new degree of “behind-the-scenes” content. ESPN will also have a live studio show throughout the Championship, and SportsCenter  will conduct live interviews from Kansas City with Big 12 coaches and student-athletes. Additionally, post-game shows will stream on digital channels and Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

Follow and the Conference’s social media platforms for additional coverage throughout Championship week.

T-Mobile Center – Kansas City

Wednesday, March 8 CT
No. 8 West Virginia vs. No. 9 Texas Tech (ESPN2/U) 6:00 p.m.
No. 7 Oklahoma State vs. No. 10 Oklahoma (ESPN2/U) 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 9
No. 4 Baylor vs. No. 5 Iowa State  (ESPN/2) 11:30 a.m.
No. 1 Kansas vs. Game 1 Winner (ESPN/2) 2:00 p.m.
No. 2 Texas vs. Game 2 Winner (ESPN/2) 6:00 p.m.
No. 3 Kansas State vs. No. 6 TCU (ESPN/2) 8:30 p.m.
Friday, March 10
Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner (ESPN/2) 6:00 p.m.
Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 Winner  (ESPN/2) 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 11
Game 7 Winner vs. Game 8 Winner (ESPN) 5:00 p.m.

All games are available via the ESPN App and simulcast on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

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 2020 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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