Big 12 Tournament Odds: Kansas Large Favorite Heading Into Semifinals

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Dajuan Harris Jr. and Kansas are the betting favorites, per Big 12 Tournament odds (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)

The Big 12 Tournament is down to four teams, with the semifinals set for Friday. It’s TCU vs. Kansas and Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech on the day’s slate. Here’s a look up betting lines for Friday’s games and updated odds to win the Big 12 Tournament.

As usual, sportsbooks Kansas priced as one of the betting favorites on their Big 12 Tournament oddsboards. The Jayhawks have entered the tournament as the chalk in eight of the last 10 conference tourneys, per BetMGM prices listed at SportsOddsHistory.com.

Two of the Wildcats’ primary competitors — Baylor and Texas — were knocked out Thursday.

Friday’s Big 12 Tournament Betting Lines

These are point spreads and totals for the Big 12 quarterfinals, per betting market consensus on Friday morning:

TCU vs. Kansas (-8, 138.5)
Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech (-7, 126.5)

Thursday’s Big 12 Tournament Results

TCU vs. Texas (-5.5, 125.5), TCU 65-60
West Virginia vs. Kansas (-9, 146), Kansas 87-63
Oklahoma vs. Baylor (-8, 135.5), Oklahoma 72-67
Iowa State vs. Texas Tech (-7.5, 125.5), Texas Tech 72-41

2022 Big 12 Tournament Futures Odds

The Jayhawks’ 25-6 overall record is second-best in the Big 12, a game behind Baylor (26-5). In conference play, both tallied 14-4 records. Texas Tech (12-6) and Texas (10-8) are the only other teams with winning conference records.

Here are updated futures odds heading into the semis:

Big 12 Conference Tournament WinnerDraftKingsBetMGM Caesars
Kansas-115+100-115
Texas Tech+160+150+175
TCU+900+1000+850
Oklahoma+900+1000+850

The favorite has won the Big 12 Tournament four times over the last 10 (all Kansas), most recently the Jayhawks in 2018.

It would not be shocking to see the Jayhawks fall early in the tournament this year. While Kansas is a talented and well-coached team, it has not played up to its potential. The Jayhawks are one of two teams in the Big 12 with losing records against the spread this season (14-17); Texas is the other, at 12-18-1.

Kansas enters the tournament having lost two of their last four (10-point losses to Baylor and TCU), and while the Jayhawks won their last two (TCU, Texas), they were not at their best in either game.

On the other hand, Baylor enters the tournament riding a five-game winning streak that includes victories over Kansas and Texas. The Bears will likely get a boost with the return of the team’s second-leading scorer, LJ Cryer, who has missed the last five games with a foot injury.

Going with Texas Tech may give bettors some concern. The Red Raiders ended the regular season losing two of their last three. But they have played well overall this season, going 13-5 against the spread in conference play. Against the conference’s best teams, they seem to be at their best, going 5-1 against Baylor, Kansas, and Texas.

The Longhorns also deserve to be in the conversation, but they have not fared well against the other top teams in the conference, going 1-5 against Kansas, Baylor, and Texas Tech.

Longshot To Consider

Texas fans would love to see their team repeat as tournament champs, but it will probably not happen. While the Longhorns are the best defensive team in the conference, they rank sixth in scoring offense. Their defense will keep them in the game no matter who they play. It will be their offense that lets them down.

Kansas has a similar imbalance, ranking first in scoring but 1oth in defense. However, Baylor and Texas Tech are solid on both ends of the court. The Bears ranked second in scoring offense during the regular season and fourth on the defensive end. Texas Tech ranked third and second, respectively.

If you want to get behind a longshot, give Iowa State some consideration. Next to Kansas, no one brings their ‘A’ game come tournament time quite like the Cyclones. Iowa State has won the Big 12 tournament in four of the last seven years. Don’t let the 7-11 conference record scare you off. They were 9-9 in conference play the last time they won (2019).

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Travis Pulver

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Travis Pulver is a Senior Writer for Gaming Today and a lifelong football fan, something he says comes naturally having been born in the football-crazy state of Texas. Through the years, his love of sports has extended into baseball, basketball, golf, and rugby. Life currently finds him in Indiana with his wife and two kids.

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