Hot prospects, cold beer: It's March again at the Sprint Center 

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Big 12 Award Winners

Melvin Ejim (Iowa State): Player of the Year
Andrew Wiggins (Kansas): Freshman of the Year
Joel Embiid (Kansas): Defensive Player of the Year
DeAndre Kane (Iowa State): Newcomer of the Year
Tyler Neal (Oklahoma), Phil Forte (Oklahoma State): Sixth Man Award
Rick Barnes (Texas): Coach of the Year

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Game Watches and Parties

If the closest you can get to the Sprint Center is the Kansas City Power & Light District's Live Block (14th Street and Grand), you'll be able to see the games on a big screen. If you'd rather mix with alumni from your own school, here are a few places where the locals meet.

Kansas
The Cashew (2000 Grand)
Johnny's Tavern (1310 Grand)
Johnny's in the P&L is a satellite location of the Lawrence original. And the Cashew is the longstanding Crossroads Rock Chalk headquarters.

Kansas State
Shot Stop (7439 Broadway)
Tanner's (7425 Broadway; 12906 West 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa)

Kansas City Catbackers' last basketball game watch was at the Waldo Shot Stop in February. During the football season, purple Kansas fans hollered EMAW at both Tanner's locations.

Iowa State
Kelly's Westport Inn (500 Westport Road)
Pizza Bar (1320 Grand)

Kelly's hosts a Big 12 tourney kickoff happy hour for the Cyclones at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Within walking distance of the Sprint Center, Pizza Bar is the other I-State stop.

Oklahoma State
Tannin Wine Bar & Kitchen (1526 Walnut)

Cowboys and cowgirls will meet for a pregame mixer at Tannin in the Crossroads before the tourney kicks off Wednesday.

Oklahoma
Sports Cave Bar & Grill (11440 West 135th Street, Overland Park)
Granfalloon Restaurant and Bar (608 Ward Parkway)

The OU Club of Kansas City calls the Sports Cave in Overland Park and the Granfalloon on the Plaza home.

Texas
Sorry, Texas Exes. It doesn't appear you have a home away from Austin in KC.

West Virginia
Mountaineers in Kansas City will rally for a pregame reception at the Muehlebach Hotel (200 West 12th Street) two and a half hours before game time.

Texas Tech, TCU, Baylor
Tickets for Wednesdays games are going for about $10. And a great ticket can be had for about $20. Just go to the game.

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