OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (AP) -- For the first time the Big 12 conference tournament will wrap up on a Saturday.
Coaches have wanted the change from a Sunday final to give the NCAA selection committee a day to sort out things.
With a Sunday final the committee had just a few hours to factor in results from the championship game. Schools also get an extra 24 hours of rest and preparation time.
The tournament is March 11-14 in Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma State's Travis Ford says he'd rather the entire conference tournament not be a factor considered by the NCAA Tournament selection committee.
He says even first-round byes can be a mixed blessing because it eliminates another shot at building the team's resume.