Big 12 Tournament 2018: Quarterfinals Schedule, Live Stream, Bracket Prediction

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMarch 8, 2018

Kanasa forward Cameron McGriff defends against an advancing Oklahoma State forward Jeffrey Carroll during an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, March. 3, 2018.(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
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The opening day of the Big 12 tournament served as a survival test for bubble teams.

Oklahoma State and Texas made it out of the first round, while Oklahoma fell to its in-state rival.

Thursday's quarterfinal slate provides the Cowboys and Longhorns with an opportunity to improve their respective resumes against the Big 12's top teams.

The other two quarterfinal matchups are intriguing, as they could go either way at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

        

Big 12 Quarterfinals Schedule (All Times ET)

No. 4 Kansas State vs. No. 5 TCU (12:30 p.m., ESPN2)

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 8 Oklahoma State (2:30 p.m., ESPN2)

No. 2 Texas Tech vs. No. 7 Texas (7 p.m., ESPN2)

No. 3 West Virginia vs. No. 6 Baylor (9 p.m., ESPN2)

All games can be live-streamed on Watch ESPN.

     

Bracket Predictions

No. 4 Kansas State def. No. 5 TCU

No. 1 Kansas def. No. 8 Oklahoma State

No.  2 Texas Tech def. No. 7 Texas

No. 6 Baylor def. No. 3 West Virginia

       

Kansas Finally Earns 1st Win Over Oklahoma State

Kansas' Achilles' heel this season has been Oklahoma State.

The Cowboys earned a rare victory at Allen Fieldhouse on February 3 and they finished off the regular season with a second victory over the Jayhawks at home Saturday.

With their spot on the bubble in question on Wednesday, the Cowboys knocked off Oklahoma to set up a third meeting with Kansas.

Brody Schmidt/Associated Press

However, Oklahoma State won't be able to celebrate a third resume-boosting victory over the Big 12 power on Thursday.

Kansas uses the victory to leave little doubt about its case for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA men's basketball tournament and avenges the pair of regular-season defeats at the same time.

As always, Kansas is powered by senior Devonte' Graham, but don't be surprised if center Udoka Azubuike thrives down low against the Cowboys.

AMES, IA - FEBRUARY 13: Udoka Azubuike #35 of the Kansas Jayhawks dunks the ball in the second half of play against the Iowa State Cyclones at Hilton Coliseum on February 13, 2018 in Ames, Iowa. The Kansas Jayhawks won 83-77 over the Iowa State Cyclones.
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In the first meeting between the two teams in Lawrence, Kansas, Azubuike scored 20 points, as he shot 8-of-11 from the field.

Azubuike has been hot of late, with three double-digit point performances in his last five regular-season games, including a pair of 20-plus point showings.

        

Baylor Improves NCAA Tournament Resume

Baylor isn't in dire straits when it comes to the NCAA tournament, but a win over West Virginia on Thursday would leave little doubt about the Bears' presence in the Big Dance.

Scott Drew's team dropped both regular-season meetings with the Mountaineers by 14 combined points.

The first matchup on January 9 in Morgantown, West Virginia, was decided by three points, while the Mountaineers won by 11 in Waco, Texas, on February 20.

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In order to earn its first win over West Virginia this season, Baylor must unlock the Mountaineers' press, which at times can be boom or bust for Bob Huggins and Co.

Baylor turned the ball over 21 times in the first meeting and 14 more the second time around against the Mountaineers.

If the Bears stay composed and attack the press in the proper manner, they should be able to put themselves in contention to come out victorious.

A victory over West Virginia positions Baylor nicely above the bubble after a few teams in need of quality wins, like Oklahoma, stumbled on Wednesday.

        

Follow Joe on Twitter, @JTansey90.

Statistics obtained from ESPN.com.

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