Predicting how many Big 12 teams will make the NCAA Tournament

March is quickly approaching which means it is almost tournament time. Which Big 12 teams will make it into the big dance this year?

Jan 24, 2024; Ames, Iowa, USA; Kansas State Wildcats guard Tylor Perry (2) beats Iowa State Cyclones player Keshon Gilbert (10) driving to the basket.
Jan 24, 2024; Ames, Iowa, USA; Kansas State Wildcats guard Tylor Perry (2) beats Iowa State Cyclones player Keshon Gilbert (10) driving to the basket. / Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports
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Before joining the Big 12, Houston ran the American Athletic Conference for years in basketball. Houston has shown they are a powerhouse to be beat, especially on defense. The Cougars are currently the highest-ranked team in the Big 12 sitting at No. 4, but they are still tied for second in the Big 12.

Houston has not just the No. 1 ranked defense in the Big 12, but the No. 1 ranked defense in the country. They allow an average of 51.9 points per game to opponents with a 22.1 scoring margin. The Cougars have defended their home court nicely by going undefeated at Fertitta Center, but their two losses come from the road. They hit a short skid losing to Iowa State and TCU in back-to-back games.

The Cougars should feel very safe going into March knowing they are a lock for the NCAA Tournament whether they win the Big 12 or not. They may not get the automatic bid, but should be a high seed in the tournament either way.