The Big 12 has a case for being the best basketball league in the country.
Four teams are ranked, including Oklahoma State and Baylor are in the top 10, and teams such as Oklahoma and Texas have resurfaced.
It’s not an easy claim, though, with three Big Ten schools in the top five, and the ACC and Big East being strong as usual. But the Big 12 is the top-ranked RPI conference, which is based on teams’ wins and losses and strength of schedule.
So it won’t be surprising if one or more Big 12 schools make a run to the Final Four and AT&T Stadium.
“Big 12 is good,” said Kansas coach Bill Self, who has led the Jayhawks to nine consecutive league championships. “There’s some teams out there having some great years. For us to win a 10th time in a row, it’ll be as difficult as ever because the competition will be probably as stiff as it’s ever been.”
With Big 12 play begnning today, here is a look at key storylines, the NCAA tournament-bound schools and a preseason all-Big 12 team.
Going to the Big Dance
Predicted schools and their seeds:
Kansas (3); Oklahoma State (3); Baylor (4); Iowa State (5); Texas (10); Oklahoma (12).
League’s best starting five
Around the country
Three games to watch
Projecting the top seeds