Big 12 Mens Basketball Tournament Session 4 Tickets
The Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament is held every year to decide the winner of the Big 12 conference. The Big 12 collegiate athletic conference was established in 1994. There are ten schools, located in Kansas, Texas, Iowa, Oklahoma and West Virginia which are a part of the Conference. All sports sanctioned by the conference, fall under the NCAA’s Division I. Bob Bowlsby is the current commissioner of the conference and the fourth person to take up the post. He was appointed as the commissioner in 2012, taking over from Dan Beebe. Get Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament tickets and watch the teams battle it out on the courts to be crowned the champions of the Big 12 Conference.
The Big 12 Conference is one of the many collegiate conferences that have multiple sports. It is known to be extremely competitive with team such as the Texas Longhorns, Kansas Jayhawks, Missouri Tigers and the Oklahoma Sooner competing in its ranks. Despite the name, the conference has ten members, which means there can be no Championship game to determine the winner. The NCAA bylaws state that a minimum of six teams should compete in each division to lead up to the Championship game. So Instead of the Championship game, the Big 12 Basketball Tournament is held to determine the champions in basketball. The tournament has been played every year since 1997.
For the first six years, Kansas City hosted the tournament in its well-known Kemper Arena. After that Dallas was selected as the location for the next three editions. In subsequent years Oklahoma City also hosted the competition. When the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament returned to Kansas in 2008, it was played at the Sprint Center. With the past four editions having been played in Kansas City, It has been decided that the Sprint Center will stay as the venue till 2016. Get tickets to the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament and see who emerges as the winner this time.
The Sprint Center is a large multipurpose arena located in downtown Kansas City. The arena was opened to the public in 2007 and Elton John was the first artist to perform there. Apart from Elton John,Madonna, Paul McCartney and Celine Dion are among the high profile artists who have taken the stage at the arena. The multi surface and much more advanced arena replaced the older Kemper Arena which was built in 1974. Basketball games, hockey games and arena football are all played at the arena.For basketball games the arena has a capacity of nearly nineteen thousand. For the competitive Big 12 Tournament the Sprint Center is speculated to be nearly full.
Traditionally the top four seeds from the regular season are given a bye in the first round of the tournament. However, since 2012 new rules are in place, which allow the top six seeds to proceed to the next round without playing in the first round. The tournament consists of four rounds with single elimination rules. This essentially means the winner proceeds to the next round while the loser gets knocked out. All of the champions, since the inception of the tournament, have been from the top four seeds. Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Oklahoma have kept the title between themselves.
Kansas has the best record in basketball in Big 12. It boasts of ten appearances in the final game of the tournament, from which they have emerged as the winner nine times. This spectacular record makes Kansas Jayhawks the team with the most Big 12 titles. They are followed by Oklahoma who are second in the list of Big 12 titles won. Oklahoma lags far behind Kansas, having won three titles from their five appearances. Missouri and Oklahoma State follow next with two titles each. The most unfortunate team in the Big 12 tournament has been Texas; even though the Longhorns have made it to the final game six times, they have never been able to win the title.
The tournament held last year in 2014, saw the Iowa State Cyclones take on the Baylor Bears in the final. The Cyclones made it to the finals after defeating Texas Tech in the first round and Kansas State in the second. They met with the dangerous Kansas Jayhawks in the semis and defeated them to secure a place in the finals. The Cyclones got the better of the Bears and won the Tournament by getting seventy four points on the board, and holding the Bears to sixty five. Get Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament tickets and watch the nail biting competition to determine the winner of the Big 12 Conference.
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