Kansas head coach Bill Self and guard Frank Mason III (0) greet each other at the bench in the closing seconds of the second half of a second-round game against Michigan State in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament in Tulsa, Okla., Sunday, March 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
The Big 12 is arguably the most brutal league in the country. The conference season is a round-robin, nine-week slugfest with few, if any, easy games on the schedule for anyone.
Perhaps that's why the Big 12's coaches pull for each each other so much come NCAA Tournament time.
Never was that more evident than on Sunday, when Baylor's Scott Drew stopped by the Kansas locker room to congratulate the Jayhawks on reaching yet another Sweet 16 _ even after Kansas broke Baylor's hearts in Waco late last month to essentially wrap up the Big 12 title.
Baylor coach Scott Drew left this message on the white board in the Kansas locker room: pic.twitter.com/J1SycnEt1h
— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) March 20, 2017
Now it's Self who owes Drew a fist-pump: The Bears beat USC 82-78 to give the league three regional semifinalists.