Big 12 basketball standings 2013: Kansas holds all the cards in Big 12 title race

Jamie Squire

The Jayhawks are tied atop the conference standings, but control the tiebreakers over their pursuers.

Entering the final two games of the regular season, the Kansas Jayhawks are in prime position to capture a ninth consecutive conference title. Kansas and Kansas State are tied for first in the conference standings at 13-3. The Jayhawks finish with a home game against Texas Tech and a trip to Baylor. Kansas State will close out with TCU and a crucial trip to Stillwater to face Oklahoma State, which is just one game behind the leaders at 12-4. Oklahoma State also travels to Iowa State next week, and will need to win out and hope for a Kansas slip-up to get into the race.

Team Conference Overall
Kansas 13-3 25-4
Kansas State 13-3 24-5
Oklahoma State 12-4 22-6
Oklahoma 10-6 19-9
Iowa State 9-7 19-10
Baylor 8-8 17-12
West Virginia 6-10 13-16
Texas 5-11 13-16
Texas Tech 3-13 10-17
TCU 1-15 10-19

Despite the tight conference race, Kansas remains the overwhelming favorite to win the league's regular season title and earn top seed in the Big 12 Tournament. The Jayhawks hold the tiebreaker over Kansas State by virtue of defeating the Wildcats twice this year. If Oklahoma State defeats Kansas State and Kansas loses down the stretch, the Jayhawks would hold the tiebreaker over the Cowboys and Wildcats in a three-way tie with a 3-1 record against them. Even if Kansas State lost twice and Kansas finished the season tied with only Oklahoma State, the Jayhawks would hold the tiebreaker due to their superior record against the third-place team in the standings. In practical terms, one Jayhawks victory in their last two games locks up the top tournament seed and a regular season title.

Oklahoma's 17-point thrashing of Iowa State Saturday gave the 10-6 Sooners a one-game lead over the 9-7 Cyclones for fourth in the conference. Baylor, now 8-8 in conference play after a Saturday loss to Kansas State, sits alone in sixth. West Virginia, Texas, Texas Tech and TCU round out the Big 12 standings.

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