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Big 12 Tournament bracket: Full TV schedule, scores, results for 2021 basketball tournament

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Big 12 Tournament bracket: Full TV schedule, scores, results for 2021 basketball tournament

The 2021 Big 12 Tournament will feature a team that not only has never earned the No. 1 seed of the tournament before, but also had never won a Big 12 regular-season title until 2020-21.

It has been a fantastic season for Baylor (21-1, 13-1), which, despite enjoying a string of successful seasons under coach Scott Drew, had never earned the distinction it has heading into this week’s tournament. The Bears secured their first Big 12 title with a March 2 overtime win over West Virginia. It is their first conference title overall since 1950, when they were still a member of the Southwest Conference.

MORE: Watch Big 12 Tournament games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Baylor accomplished this season’s feat by going 4-0 against top-10 teams. That’s thanks in large part to junior guard Jared Butler, who is averaging 17.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game. He, MaCio Teague and Davion Mitchell will look to lead the Bears to one of their most successful conference slates ever.

That said, look for usual suspects Kansas (19-8, 12-6 Big 12) and West Virginia (18-8, 11-6 Big 12) to stand in their way — not to mention talented teams such as Oklahoma and Texas.

Here is the complete breakdown of the 2021 Big 12 Tournament, from brackets to TV information and schedules:

Big 12 Tournament bracket 2021

Seed Team Record (Big 12)
No. 1 Baylor 21-1 (13-1)
No. 2 Kansas 19-8 (12-6)
No. 3 Texas 17-7 (11-6)
No. 4 West Virginia 18-8 (11-6)
No. 5 Oklahoma State 18-7 (11-7)
No. 6 Texas Tech 17-9 (9-8)
No. 7 Oklahoma 14-9 (9-8)
No. 8 TCU 12-13 (5-11)
No. 9 Kansas State 8-19 (4-14)
No. 10 Iowa State 2-21 (0-18)

Odds to win Big 12 Tournament

Baylor is the clear favorite to win the Big 12 Tournament at -175 odds. Kansas (+500), West Virginia (+600), Texas (+700) and Texas Tech (+800) round out the top five. Below are the full odds to win the 2021 Big 12 Tournament.

* Oklahoma State is listed among oddsmakers.

Team Odds
Baylor -175
Kansas +500
West Virginia +600
Texas +700
Texas Tech +800
Oklahoma +1000
TCU +15000
Kansas State +30000
Iowa State +50000

How to watch the Big 12 Tournament live

The 2021 Big 12 Tournament will air on the ESPN family of networks, though the full TV schedule has yet to be finalized. Streaming options include ESPN.com and fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

Round 1
ESPNU
Quarterfinals
ESPN/ESPN2
Semifinals
ESPN/ESPN2
Big 12 championship game
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MORE: Download a printable NCAA Tournament bracket here

​2021 Big 12 Tournament schedule

The 2021 Big 12 Tournament will begin Wednesday, March 10, and run through Saturday, March 13. Below is the full schedule for the tournament:

​Round 1: Wednesday, March 10

  Time (ET) TV (national)
Game 1: No. 9 Kansas State 71, No. 8 TCU 50    
Game 2: No. 7 Oklahoma 79, No. 10 Iowa State 73    

Quarterfinals: Thursday, March 11

  Time (ET) TV (national)
Game 3: No. 4 West Virginia vs. No. 5 Oklahoma State 11:30 a.m. ESPN/ESPN2, fuboTV
Game 4: No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 9 Kansas State 2:30 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2, fuboTV
Game 5: No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 7 Oklahoma 6:30 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2, fuboTV
Game 6: No. 3 Texas vs. No. 6 Texas Tech 9:30 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2, fuboTV

Semifinals: Friday, March 12

  Time (ET) TV (national)
Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner 6:30 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2, fuboTV
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner 9:30 p.m. ESPN/ESPN2, fuboTV

Big 12 championship game: Saturday, March 13

  Time (ET) TV (national)
Game 9: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner 6 p.m. ESPN, fuboTV

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Angels’ Shohei Ohtani adds to highlight reel with go-ahead HR in 9th off one of MLB’s top closers

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Matt Barnes was one out away from sealing a Red Sox victory when Angels DH Shohei Ohtani stepped into the box.

It was a mano a mano battle between one of baseball’s best pitchers and the emerging two-way superstar.

Ohtani won the battle.

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He hit a monster two-run home run that curled around the Pesky Pole at Fenway Park to give the Angels a 6-5 lead in the top of the ninth inning Sunday. LA went on to win by that score.

Teeing off against Barnes is no easy feat. Before Ohtani batted in the ninth, Barnes had allowed two hits and no runs in his previous 8 2/3 innings. For the season, he was averaging 15.6 strikeouts per nine innings and had allowed just one home run in 18 appearances. At one point, he had a negative FIP, something that is unheard of. 

But Ohtani managed to get the best of him Sunday and add another highlight to his superb season.

Ohtani’s homer was his 12th in 2021, tying him for the MLB lead with the Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. and the Mariners’ Mitch Haniger. His 29 RBIs are tied for the Angels’ team lead with Jared Walsh. His .597 slugging percentage is second on the team only to Mike Trout.

Ohtani has been spectacular as a pitcher as well. He has thrown 25 2/3 innings over five outings, with a sparkling 2.10 ERA and 14 strikeouts per nine.

In short, he is one of the game’s most electric players right now. Barnes knows that.

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Alisson Wonderland! Liverpool goalkeeper’s magic moment keeps Champions League dream alive

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Alisson Wonderland! Liverpool goalkeeper's magic moment keeps Champions League dream alive

Match statistics: West Brom 1-2 Liverpool

Football, eh? Bloody hell!

Even after all these years, this sport still finds a way to surprise you, to thrill you, to take the breath away.

Step forward, Alisson Becker.

Liverpool’s season was fizzling out. The clock had ticked past 90 minutes, past the four that had been added on. The Reds were drawing, desperate, watching their Champions League hopes melt away in the west Midlands rain. 

And then their goalkeeper decided to take matters into his own hands. Or onto his own head, to be more specific.  

The Brazil international has been up for corners before. A few times this season, in fact. But here, when Jurgen Klopp needed him most, there he was, rising to meet Trent Alexander-Arnold’s left-wing corner with the most perfect of headers. Far corner, 2-1 Liverpool.

Bedlam.

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What is it about this club? How can they just keep conjuring up these moments, these feelings, these roller-coaster rides?

What can you possibly say?

Alisson is the sixth goalkeeper to score a Premier League goal and the first to score for Liverpool. 

And this was not just any goal, this was a huge one, in the context of the Reds’ season. It keeps their top-four destiny pretty much in their own hands. As Liverpool celebrated — and boy, did they celebrate — the groans could be heard in Leicester and at Chelsea. They meet at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday. Any result suits the Reds.

It had looked like Klopp’s men had faltered, unable to find a way through a stubborn West Brom defense at 1-1. They had trailed to Hal Robson-Kanu’s early strike, leveling through Mo Salah’s customary equalizer.

And then they huffed and they puffed, without blowing the house down.

Salah missed. Roberto Firmino missed. Trent Alexander-Arnold missed when he simply had to score. Seven minutes left. Gini Wijnaldum missed. Two minutes remaining.

Up went the board. Four added. Klopp grinned. One of those sarcastic, rueful grins. Not enough time. Not this time.

Wrong.

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What a moment Alisson provided. What pictures, what memories. What celebrations. What an interview.

The emotion was etched all over his face. He has had a terrible few months, losing his father, Jose, in February. He deserved this. Not even Sam Allardyce could argue otherwise. The West Brom boss was smiling himself at the final whistle. What else could he do?

“I am too emotional these last months for everything that happened with me and my life, but football is my life,” a clearly tearful Alisson told Sky Sports moments after his attacking intervention.

“I hope my father was here to see it. It’s for my family and for the boys.”

Klopp could barely have hugged his ‘keeper harder. “If Olivier Giroud scores like that you say it’s a worldie!” he told Sky. 

“It’s the best goal I ever saw from a goalkeeper. It’s a worldie! Wow!”

It cannot be for nothing, can it? You can’t let a moment like this go to waste. Liverpool needs two more wins and it should be in the Champions League. Burnley on Wednesday, Crystal Palace next Sunday. There will be fans present at those games. The noise will be there, the atmosphere, the tension, the release.

One doubts whether it will be anything like it was at around 6.25 p.m. here, mind!

Football, eh? How could we ever doubt you?

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NHL playoffs bracket 2021: West Division series predictions, odds, breakdowns, Stanley Cup predictions

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NHL playoffs schedule 2021: Full bracket, dates, times, TV channels for every series

The NHL postseason is officially here.

Sixteen teams are set to begin the gauntlet of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs, and there’s no telling who will be the last club standing and drinking out of Lord Stanley’s Cup.

The West Division was made up of eight teams that stretched from the West Coast to the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” At the end of the season’s 56-game sprint, four teams were left standing, including the 2021 Presidents’ Trophy-winning Avalanche.

Here’s a look at the West Division and how Sporting News thinks the first round will shake out.

NHL playoffs bracket 2021

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NHL playoffs 2021: West Division predictions

(1) Colorado Avalanche vs. (4) St. Louis Blues

The backstory

The Avalanche waited until the last game of the season to snag the 2021 Presidents’ Trophy, but this team has been dominant all year long. Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon and captain Gabe Landeskog led the way with 183 points combined with 65 of those points coming from MacKinnon in just 48 games. Colorado was also deep on the backend with guys like Norris Trophy contender Cale Makar (44 points in 44 games) and Samuel Girard (32 points in 48 games), plus netminder Philipp Grubauer (30-9-1, .922 save percentage). 

St. Louis won the Cup two years ago but hasn’t been able to find the same spark since. The club could be without top points man David Perron (58 points in 56 games) after he was placed on the COVID-19 protocol list on Saturday. The Blues will have top scorer Ryan O’Reilly (24 goals) and a healthy Torey Krug on the blueline.

X-factor: Nazem Kadri

Colorado has depth up front, and Kadri is a big part of that. During the regular season, he collected 11 goals and 32 points in 56 games. If he can put up the numbers he did in the 2020 bubble — nine goals, nine assists in 15 games — the Avalanche could go far. It also wouldn’t hurt if he replicated his five game-winners from last summer.

The big number: 58.98

The power play is very good. The penalty kill is good. But where the Avalanche absolutely dominated in 2021 was 5-on-5.

Jared Bednar’s squad had an NHL-best 58.98 Corsi For percentage; by comparison, the second-best squad, the Canadiens, was at 54.50 percent. The Blues were at 47.71. The club also led the NHL in Expected Goals For percentage (60.08) and Scoring Chances For percentage (60.43)

SN’s pick: Avalanche in 5

Series schedule:

Date Matchup Time (TV channel)
Mon., May 17 at Colorado 10 p.m. (NBCSN, SN1, TVA Sports)
Wed., May 19 at Colorado 10:30 p.m. (CNBC, SN360, TVA Sports)
Fri., May 21 at St. Louis 9:30 p.m. (USA, SN360, TVA Sports)
Sun., May 23 at St. Louis TBD
*Tue., May 25 at Colorado TBD
*Thu., May 27 at St. Louis TBD
*Sat., May 29 at Colorado TBD

(* If necessary)

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(2) Vegas Golden Knights vs. (3) Minnesota Wild

The backstory

Vegas is one of the most balanced franchises in the NHL from top to bottom, beginning with the best 1-2 punch in between the pipes in Marc-Andre Fleury and Robin Lehner. At 36, Fleury put together one of his best seasons ever, with a 1.98 goals-against average and .928 save percentage. Oh, and if he were to struggle in the postseason, there is nothing better than turning to a fellow William M. Jennings Trophy winner. Then add in the forward group and the defense, and the Golden Knights are stacked.

On the flip side, the Wild are one of the best stories in hockey this year with rookie sensation — and expected Calder Trophy winner — Kirill Kaprizov. Not only did he tally 27 goals and 51 points (16 in his last 13 games), but he’s also elevated the game of everyone around him, including Mats Zuccarello (11 goals, 35 assists in 42 games). Jordan Greenway has also had a career year with 32 points in 56 games, alongside his linemates Joel Eriksson Ek and Marcus Foligno. As for the Wild’s goaltender, Cam Talbot was stellar, posting a 19-8-5 record in 33 starts, with a .915 save percentage. 

X-factor: Cam Talbot

If there’s anyone who can steal this for the Wild, it’s the netminder. In his last two playoff appearances, Talbot boasted .924 save percentages each year. Both times, he elevated his game when it mattered most, and he should continue that pace in 2021. 

The big number: 22

In 2021, Fleury and Lehner allowed 115 goals against combined. Of those, 22 were tallied by the Wild — the most of any West Division team. If they can continue that trend, the scales could tip in their favor. 

SN’s pick: Golden Knights in 6

Series schedule:

Date Matchup Time (TV channel)
Sun., May 16 at Vegas 3 p.m. (NBC, SN, TVA Sports)
Tue., May 18 at Vegas 10 p.m. (NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports)
Thu., May 20 at Minnesota 9:30 p.m. (NBCSN, SN360, TVA Sports)
Sat., May 22 at Minnesota 8 p.m. (NBC, SN360, TVA Sports)
*Mon., May 24 at Vegas TBD
*Wed., May 26 at Minnesota TBD
*Fri., May 28 at Vegas TBD

(* If necessary)

West Division first-round odds

Avalanche -380 Blues +290
Golden Knights -230 Wild +182

Betting odds courtesy of FanDuel as of May 16.

Sporting News’ 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs predictions

MORE: Breaking down the predictions

Rounds 1, 2

East Division
(1) Penguins vs. (4) Islanders Islanders in 6
(2) Capitals vs. (3) Bruins Bruins in 5
(3) Bruins vs. (4) Islanders Bruins in 6
North Division
(1) Maple Leafs vs. (4) Canadiens Maple Leafs in 7
(2) Oilers vs. (3) Jets Oilers in 5
(1) Maple Leafs vs. (2) Oilers Maple Leafs in 7
Central Division
(1) Hurricanes vs. (4) Predators Hurricanes in 5
(2) Panthers vs. (3) Lightning Lightning in 6
(1) Hurricanes vs. (3) Lightning Hurricanes in 6
West Division
(1) Avalanche vs. (4) Blues Avalanche in 5
(2) Golden Knights vs. (3) Wild Golden Knights in 6
(1) Avalanche vs. (2) Golden Knights Golden Knights in 7

Stanley Cup semifinals

(1) Golden Knights vs. (4) Bruins Golden Knights in 6
(2) Hurricanes vs. (3) Maple Leafs Maple Leafs in 6

Stanley Cup Final

(1) Golden Knights vs. (3) Maple Leafs Golden Knights in 6
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