12 Things about Big 12 basketball: The race to the bottom and a conference history lesson

12. The race to the bottom: What is going on at Iowa State? In the last column I was pretty positive on Iowa State. But in what seemed like a few hours, their 2020-2021 outlook completely changed. The Cyclones lost Tyrese Haliburton, which was expected, then lost Terrence Lewis, Zion … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball: Where do we go from here — A look at 2020-21 teams

12. What just happened What are we doing here this week not talking about the NCAA Tournament? There’s no sense in complaining about a sporting event being canceled during a pandemic only to say that there were a lot of things that could have been done if more people in … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball: At this point, Texas has better NCAA résumé than Tech

The Big 12 Tournament is here. Selection Sunday is THIS SUNDAY.  Let’s break down the 2020 Big 12 Tournament taking place in Kansas City. 12. How Kansas State wins it all In “Space Jam,” Bugs Bunny convinces his team to drink his lucky water. J.K. Rowling stole this plot point … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball: Looking into immediate future of the schools’ hoops programs

12. Return of the Jayhawk The Kansas Jayhawks are the 2020 Big 12 basketball champions. Whether Baylor joins them Saturday or not is up to West Virginia. In a year dominated by the Bears, Kansas came on strong late, beat Baylor in Waco, avoided the road upset at Kansas State … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball: KU rises to No.1 but Baylor is still good; Huge week for Texas Tech

Let’s a take a look at the landscape of the Big 12. 12. Kansas and Baylor play an epic game, KU wins Even as Baylor nearly overcame a 7-point deficit in the final minutes to cut the lead to 1-point, and had a chance to send the … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball: Shaka’s fate, Baylor as the 2020 Democratic presidential field and the de facto title game

12. I guess we’ll address Chris Beard, Texas and Shaka Smart Texas beat TCU on Wednesday 70-56. It was some of the best basketball the Longhorns have played in a while. No one was there to see it. The Texas student section is ready … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball: Waterloo ahead for Shaka Smart and the Texas staff

We’re halfway home to the end of league play. Let’s breakdown how teams can win the league. 12. The longshots Here are the teams with more than four losses in league play: Oklahoma, TCU, Texas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma State. You can go ahead and eliminate Oklahoma State from … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball: KU’s defense, Texas Tech’s big win and struggles in Stillwater

12. The disappointing season in Stillwater Trailing by 17 in the first half against No. 3 Kansas on Monday, Oklahoma State reeled off a 15-0 run and it looked like the Cowboys were going to push the Jayhawks at home. Gallagher-Iba was loud and it got even louder … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball, Week 12 — SEC/Big 12 challenge is upon us

12. Well that was hugely embarrassing Silvio De Sousa lifted up a stool and probably would have hit someone had Kansas assistant coach Jerrance Howard not saved the day. That’s the moment most people are going to remember most about Big 12 basketball this season. And … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball, Week 11 — Can Texas pull off home win over Kansas again?

12. Baylor ruling the college basketball world Gonzaga plays bad teams in games when no one is awake. Duke lost to Clemson. North Carolina is 8-8 and 1-4 in the ACC. Kentucky lost to South Carolina. Baylor is currently ruling college basketball.  There … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball, Week 10 — Can Baylor climb to No. 1?

A fun first week of Big 12 play leaves us with some questions, but it gets even better this week. 12. Thoughts on the Texas Tech-Baylor game The game of the first two rounds of Big 12 play went to Baylor. What’s interesting about the start of the Big 12 … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball, Week 9 — The real season is here

It’s here. After 120 games, the first step to March is happening for Big 12 teams. For the football fans, welcome to the basketball season! The ACC and the Big Ten have already played a handful of conference games and now it’s time for the Big 12 to end a … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball, Week 8 — Our pre-conference 13 best players in the league

Before the regular season began, I ranked the top 13 players in the Big 12 based on the 13 scholarships teams are given. With the Big 12 season beginning on Jan. 4, let’s re-evaluate the best players in the Big 12 (stats through Dec. 27 games). Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball, Week 7 — What Big 12 teams want for Christmas

12. Games to watch this weekend I’m changing the column format this week for some holiday fun. First, before the league heads into the Christmas break, here are five games to watch Saturday. Kansas at Villanova, 11 a.m., FOX Texas at Providence, 1 p.m. FOX Xavier at TCU, 4 p.m., … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball, Week 6 — The league is top heavy; Tech back on track

12. Texas Tech takes down No. 1 The No. 1-ranked team is 6-4 this season, something the Kansas Jayhawks ought to be wary of when they play Villanova next week. They can thank the Texas Tech Red Raiders, who beat No.1 Louisville 70-57 … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball, Week 5 — Tech’s 0-3 week; Longhorns-Aggies on tap

12. The Big 12’s shaky Thanksgiving week First, the good. Kansas won one of the best games of the first month of the college basketball season when the Jayhawks beat a phenomenal Dayton squad in the championship game of the Maui Invitational. The … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball, Week 4 — Being thankful for Chris Beard; Texas regresses to expectations

12. NCAA and Oklahoma State The NCAA served Oklahoma State a notice of allegations last week steaming from — what else! — the FBI investigated recruiting scandal. The NOA was expected, as are future ones for other teams, because OSU was one of … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball, Week 3 — What will be national perception of Texas after this week?

12. Recap of Week 2 and this week so far Seven of the 10 teams are still undefeated. No team has taken a second loss. Four teams are 4-0. Baylor sophomore Jared Butler leads the league in scoring with 21 points per game. The biggest thing that happened in the … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball, Week 2 — Texas has best week; Texas Tech feasts on empty calories

Here are 12 big things about the Big 12 as we get closer to tournament and invitational season. 12. Best week Texas not only had the amazing return of Andrew Jones to start the season (read this), the Longhorns also scored one of the best wins … Read More

12 big things about Big 12 basketball, Week 1 – Andrew Jones changes everything for Texas

Here 12 big things about Big 12 basketball for the first few days of the regular season. Real and not real: 12. Real: Baylor won’t miss Mario Kegler No. 16-ranked Baylor lost a returning starter in late September when Mario Kegler was … Read More