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    February 8, 2018 7:25 PM PST

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. Brett Favre Jersey . -- Kansas coach Bill Self was chatting this week with someone who brought up the possibility that some unfortunate team with a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament might have to play its second game against Oklahoma State, which was once considered a Final Four contender. "I said, Just think if that happens in your conference tournament," Self responded. After winning their 10th straight regular-season title, the Jayhawks earned the top seed when the Big 12 tournament begins Wednesday night at the Sprint Center. But the reward is a first-round bye and a potential matchup with the eighth-seeded Cowboys in Thursdays quarterfinals; the two teams split their two meetings this year. Oklahoma State plays No. 9 seed Texas Tech in the first game Wednesday night. Seventh-seeded Baylor takes on No. 10 seed TCU in the nightcap of a double-header. "I think weve always had very competitive Big 12 tournaments," Self said, "but I dont know if I can ever remember where if theres a final between whatever seeds there are, it would be absolutely not a major surprise to anybody. Its going to be a pretty special weekend." The Big 12 has been the runaway leader in conference RPI all season, and some believe that it could land seven or eight teams in the NCAA tournament on Selection Sunday. Just consider the games that will be played Thursday: Along with Kansas getting Oklahoma State or Texas Tech, second-seeded Oklahoma will play the Baylor-TCU winner, No. 3 seed Texas will play No. 6 seed West Virginia, and No. 4 seed Iowa State will play No. 5 seed Kansas State. "This league," Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said, "is by far the toughest in the country." Thats why the Jayhawks still believe they can earn a No. 1 seed to the NCAA tournament, despite their 23-8 record. Meanwhile, Oklahoma State (20-11) is teetering around the bubble, and a win over Texas Tech might be enough to push the Cowboys firmly into the dance. Knocking off the Jayhawks would certainly do the trick. "Were just trying to worry about the next game," Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford said, "and worrying about all that other stuff doesnt really do you any good." In that case, here are five things that fans SHOULD worry about: BUBBLE WATCH: Oklahoma State isnt the only team on the NCAA tournament bubble. Baylor (21-10) would feel much better with a win or two, while West Virginia (17-14) hopes the momentum it picked up by knocking off Kansas last weekend will propel it to enough wins in Kansas City to make a case on Selection Sunday. "I think if we won two wed be in great shape," said Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins, "but I think if we can win that first one that we would be pretty good." CHAMPIONSHIP CHALLENGE: Kansas is the only current member to have won the Big 12 tournament since 2005 -- twice since then, Missouri won the title. In fact, Oklahoma and Iowa Stare are the only current schools besides the Jayhawks and Cowboys to have won. "No matter what people say, no matter what other teams do," Oklahoma States Marcus Smart said, "it goes through Kansas." STAR WATCH: There will be stars-a-plenty at the Big 12 tournament. Andrew Wiggins of Kansas is a potential No. 1 draft pick, Iowa States Melvin Ejim is the Big 12 player of the year and Smart is also a potential lottery pick. But one player who wont be on the floor is Jayhawks centre Joel Embiid, whos been ruled out for the Big 12 tournament and unlikely for the first week of the NCAA tournament because of a stress fracture in his back. HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE: Local schools Kansas and Kansas State always pack the Sprint Center, but Iowa State also tends to draw well -- its campus is a reasonable drive from Kansas City. That means itll be tough to secure a ticket to Thursdays first session, when the Cyclones play the Wildcats and Kansas is also in action in a tantalizing double-header. LONGSHOTS: Even longshots have coaches concerned this year. Texas Tech is the No. 9 seed but has wins over Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas on its resume. And nobody thought TCU would go winless in the league, so the No. 10 seed Horned Frogs could be primed for a first-round upset of the Bears. "Were going to do our best to keep within striking distance, like we have all year long, and give ourselves a chance down the stretch," TCU coach Trent Johnson said. Chuck Foreman Jersey . 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To fight through that little bit of tiredness ... these guys just kept playing and Im proud of them.Timofey Mozgov had 18 points and 13 rebounds for the Nuggets (7-8) and Ty Lawson added 17 points and 12 assists.Green carried the Suns (10-6) to a big lead in the third quarter after the score was tied at halftime. He hit three 3-pointers in the third, the first of which gave the Suns an 85-74 lead at the 4:26 mark.Denver came back with an 8-0 run that ended on a soaring dunk by Alonzo Gee, but Green made two more 3s, both from the right baseline, that put Phoenix up 93-86 after three quarters.His reverse jam with 8:57 to play in the game put the Suns up 105-94, and an alley-oop dunk off a feed from Bledsoe gave Phoenix its largest lead of the game, 16 points at 110-94 with 6:46 left.Hes just been a Nugget killer, all last season and this season to this point, Denver coach Brian Shaw said of Green. He just finds an opening, its just like he has a target on us every time we play him.Green had 36 points against Denver in a game last season.Bledsoe finished with 10 assists and three steals despite landing hard on his left hip with 4:37 to play in the third quarter, the result of some contact with the Nuggets Wilson Chandler when going up for a laayup. Ben Gedeon Jersey. .Bledsoe hobbled back to the Suns locker room for treatment, then jogged back out to the bench before the start of the fourth quarter. Hes not expected to miss any time.The Suns were without leading scorer Isaiah Thomas, who was on the bench in street clothes with his 15.5 points per game and bruised right ankle. He was hurt against Toronto on Monday.Both teams shot the ball well with plenty of easy baskets in the first quarter. The Suns led 34-30 at the end of the quarter, with centre Alex Len scoring eight points in three minutes of playing time off the bench.The first half ended tied at 64, with Bledsoe and Aaron Afflalo scoring 14 points each. Afflalo finished with 18 points and Chandler 19 for Denver.___TIP-INSNuggets: G Randy Foye (right quadriceps injury) and C JaVale McGee (left lower leg strain) did not play. F Danilo Gallinari played nine minutes of the first half but missed the second half with a sore left knee.Suns: Five Suns entered Wednesdays game averaging at least 14 points per game. ... Dragic was handed a microphone before the game and wished the crowd a happy Thanksgiving. ... C Miles Plumlee blocked four shots, a season high.UP NEXTNuggets: Host Phoenix on Friday.Suns: At Denver Friday night.ALLEY-OOP ACTIONNuggets F Kenneth Faried didnt have much impact on the game, but he made one highlight-reel play in the first quarter. 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