There is no winner of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. 5-5. The Big 12 was favored in six match-ups, so they cannot feel good about today’s performance. However, we did learn a few things.
The Big 12 is not as deep as perhaps we thought, but it is top-heavy. Kansas, West Virginia and Baylor, every ranked team in the conference, all walked away with Ws. The Big 12 will not be getting eight teams in, probably not seven. OSU and Tech also came away with home victories. TCU and ISU failed to bolster their resumes.
The argument for the SEC only getting three teams in will die away. Coming into today, I had UK, UF, USC and Arkansas in the tourny. I don’t foresee that changing after today or in March, but Georgia, Auburn and Tennessee moved up in the bubble talk.
In the marquee match-up Kentucky’s youth shown through. Kansas is so hard to beat. But they only played eight men with only five bench points. Don’t be surprised if they meet again in the Final Four.