Texas and Kansas have shown that they are a cut above the rest of the Big 12 this season. After the top two teams in the league, there’s a cluster of teams that are fighting for seeding position in the Big 12 tournament. Then there’s Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Iowa State that are falling to the bottom of the league. K-State is the big surprise of the year, but in the wrong way. The pre-season #3 team in the nation and heavy favorite to win the Big 12 has plummeted this year to the bottom of the league, going 2-5 in league play so far. Especially disappointing since the Big 12 tournament is in Kansas City this year, their fans were hoping to fill the Sprint Center to cheer their team on. Now, most K-State fans don’t even have a hint of desire to travel to Kansas City and spend money to see their team.
With the tournament being in Kansas City this year the edge goes to Kansas to be the favorite to win it so far. Even though Texas won in Lawrence and are undefeated so far in league play, Kansas City is the second home to KU basketball. As long as both teams continue on the path their on, it would be a huge accomplishment for Texas to be able to win in Lawrence and beat KU in Kansas City in the same year. Another team to look out for is Missouri, also playing the tournament close to their home. Even though Missouri has had a few falters so far this year, they still have plenty of chances to prove themselves and still have a very talented team. They are the favorite so far to win the #3 seed and could be setting up another border showdown with Kansas in the semi-finals. The two teams have yet to play each other this year, so that semi-final game could easily be the tie breaker for the two teams on the season series. Even though KU will most likely be the favorite for both games, in Lawrence and Columbia, most people expect KU to struggle in Columbia and would not be surprised if they lost in the hostile environment.
The Big 12 is considered the second best conference this year and some argue that they could be the best from top to bottom. Everyone is expecting another great tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City this year. With the conference being as strong from top to bottom as its ever been, look for early round upsets and low seeds making it deep into the tournament.
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