- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO. (AP) - Top-seeded Kansas goes into the Big 12 tournament with more to lose than win. That’s not the case for Colorado and Nebraska, in their final weeks of Big 12 membership.

For fired-but-still-working Pat Knight, the four-day event in Kansas City, Mo., is an opportunity to show class and dignity under very trying circumstances, a chance to extend his time as Texas Tech’s head coach by at least one game.

As much as anything, the last Big 12 tournament that will actually have 12 teams should also be wide open.

The tournament gets under way on Wednesday morning with a match between ninth-seeded Oklahoma State and eight-seeded Nebraska, which joins the Big Ten in July. Other games on the first day include Pac-12-bound Colorado against Iowa State, Baylor against Oklahoma and Missouri against Knight’s Texas Tech Red Raiders.