BYU COUGARS

Big 12 Adjusts Women’s Basketball Tournament To Accommodate BYU

Jun 3, 2022, 2:10 PM | Updated: 2:58 pm

Big 12 Conference, Basketball Tournament, Kansas City...

The Big 12 Conference adjusted its women's basketball schedule to work with BYU's Sunday policy. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

IRVING, Texas – When the Big 12 Conference formally invited BYU as a member, changes to schedules in all sports would happen.

Being owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BYU sports do not compete on Sunday. Once considered a thorn in the side of BYU’s hopes for a seat in a Power Five conference, it appears to not be an issue.

After the Big 12’s Spring Business Meetings, the conference gave the first glimpse of the willingness to accommodate BYU’s No Sunday policy.

The Big 12 announced the Women’s Basketball Tournament would occur at the same venue as the men’s tournament, T-Mobile Center in Kansas City. With that announcement came the dates, which consisted of Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday.

The men’s basketball tournament will then take place from Tuesday-Saturday.

Big 12 crowned its women’s basketball tournament champion on a Sunday this past March.

“I wouldn’t call it a concern. I would call it a consideration. We had very open and frank discussions about it,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby last September when asked about BYU’s Sunday policy. “Everybody has their eyes wide open, and we understand that there are scheduling considerations that are going to have to be taken into account.

“Like all of our members, some are in remote locations, some have more difficult transportation issues than others, and some are a longer ways away. Those are all things that you think about as you consider institutions, and even as you work together within your league, that is something that is baked in, and we don’t feel like it was going to be an issue.”

Big 12 Basketball Tournament extends with Kansas City

Along with the venue and date changes to the women’s basketball tournament, the Big 12 also announced a two-year extension to the basketball championships in Kansas City. The basketball tournaments for both the men and women will continue there for the 2026 and 2027 seasons.

“Kansas City has been a valued partner, showcasing a true dedication to making these tournaments the best postseason basketball event in the country,” stated Bowlsby. “As we prepare to welcome four new schools in the coming years, I’m confident Kansas City will continue to deliver a first-class Championship experience for our athletes, administrators, fans and partners.”

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12–3 p.m.) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter: @Mitch_Harper.

  • BYU Cougars Scoreboard

  • BYU Cougars Team Leaders

  • BYU Cougars Standings

BYU Cougars

BYU Football, Sale Fano, Westlake High Commit...

Mitch Harper

Westlake Edge Rusher Sale Fano Commits To BYU Football

BYU picks up a commitment from a Westlake High School prospect.

21 hours ago

caroline-longshore-feels-her-husbands-heart-in-former-utah-basketball-player-kenny-gardner...

Michelle Bodkin

Utah Basketball Mourns Loss Of Kenny Gardner

The Runnin' Utes are mourning the loss of larger-than-life former player Kenny Gardner who passed away at the age of 75. 

3 days ago

BYU Football, Greatest Players, Ty Detmer...

Mitch Harper

BYU Football’s 100 Greatest Players Of All-Time: Nos. 1-25

The best of the best from BYU football.

3 days ago

BYU Basketball, Elijah Crawford...

Mitch Harper

BYU Basketball Lands Former Stanford Signee Elijah Crawford

BYU adds a four-star composite prospect to the 2024-25 roster.

4 days ago

Big 12 Football, Nonconference Games, BYU/SMU...

Mitch Harper

10 Must-Watch Big 12 Football Nonconference Games In 2024

The best nonconference matchups in the Big 12 for 2024.

5 days ago

BYU Football, Isaiah Jatta, Colorado...

Mitch Harper

BYU Football Lands Colorado OL Transfer Isaiah Jatta

Isaiah Jatta committed to the BYU football program.

5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Give-A-Thon

The KSL Sports Zone, KSL 5 TV, FM100.3, 103.5 The Arrow, and KSL NewsRadio have teamed up to raise money for the kids being served by Primary Children’s Care!

ksl-sports-newsletter...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

...

KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Big 12 Adjusts Women’s Basketball Tournament To Accommodate BYU