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Every Big 12 team has only one game left to play during the regular season and there are still some Big 12 Tournament scenarios that need shaking out. The Iowa State Cyclones could still slide anywhere from the No. 3 down to the No. 6.
First of all, it can be said that the Cyclones will completely avoid the first day of the tournament. Texas Tech, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and TCU are already locked into the seven through ten spots like the Kansas Jayhawks are locked in as the conference champion.
If every game plays out according to the current conference standings with Texas, West Virginia, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas Tech all winning on Saturday, the Cyclones would be the No. 6 seed playing Oklahoma in the quarterfinals Thursday night at 8.
That scenario would set up a potential matchup with West Virginia or Texas Tech/TCU in the semifinals. Texas or Baylor would likely play Kansas in the other semifinal.
If Iowa State beats Kansas but the other four games stay the same, Iowa State would move up to the No. 4 seed for a date with the Texas Longhorns in the first game Thursday morning. That would also put the Cyclones in position to play Kansas again in the semifinals.
On that note, a win by the Baylor Bears over West Virginia would move Iowa State back into the No. 6 spot regardless of how they play in Allen Fieldhouse. It would also set them up for a quarterfinal matchup with the Mountaineers, which seems scary but actually would be a good matchup in this setting for Iowa State, in my opinion.
The least likely scenario would feature Iowa State and West Virginia winning, plus TCU beating Oklahoma, to set the Cyclones up as the No. 3 seed against Baylor in the quarterfinal.
Again, that’s highly unlikely and, in my honest opinion, it might be best for the Cyclones to go into the tournament as a lower seed and somewhat of an underdog.
There are still so many other ways this could play out but no matter what, we’ll most likely know Iowa State’s matchup before it even takes the floor at the Phog on Saturday afternoon.