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Graph Time With Sax: Eight Years Atop the Heap

Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Inspired by (i.e. stealing shamelessly from) this blog post by John Gasaway about the ACC's weak undercard teams, I made a table of total tournament wins for all major conference teams over the last eight years. It's kinda fun to look at:

Any measure of sustained basketball success over the last decade is going to be gratifying to KU fans, and this is no exception.

For the rest of the Big 12, the results are not surprising, either; there is a big gap between KU and everybody else. This is not as true as this table makes it seem. The Big 12 has been very good in the past, and was very good from 2008-2010, but has not had broad tournament success on par with its quality, for whatever reason. Probably plain bad luck. (In another Gasaway blog post he presents a list of teams that have won the most tournament games but never a title. Gasaway hears the howls of the Illini the loudest; I can't hear them over the gnashing of teeth from the three Big 12 schools in the next four slots.)

The half-full is this: If you look at the middle tier--the teams with 4-10 wins, I'm calling it--the Big 12 is a tossup for second with the B1G over the last eight years, and more successful than the Pac-12, SEC, or ACC. The half-empty is that the Big 12 middle tier is not trending up. Texas A&M and Mizzou are gone; Colorado left just as it was showing signs of life, and WVU dropped dead just as it entered the door. Baylor is maxed out. Oklahoma is insensitive to basketball. K-State is feeling under the Weber, and even Texas is starting to exude a funny smell.

There's hope, though. Oklahoma State and Iowa State look determined to win some games this year. We'll see if they can backflip and eye-gouge their way up out of the bottom tier in March.

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