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A Trip Around the Big 12: Week 1

Joe Robbins

So, I got to looking around RCT and I thought to myself, "What this site needs is a little more mikeville." Ok, Ok, I actually thought, "Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a weekly conference update?" And THEN I thought, "Well, who better to do it than me?" Then I answered myself, "Well, notkapowski might be better. Or Warden or PenHawk or Fizzle. Or even that KState fan Grad. But… well… it’s my idea, so I’ll do it."

So, Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Around the Big 12 with mikeville, what I’m hopeful will develop over the course of the conference season into something fun, informative, and interesting. Since this is the first post, let’s just get right to it.

We’ll discuss teams in order of the standings. As of 1/5/14, here are your Big 12 standings:

Iowa State, 13-0, 1-0

Oklahoma, 12-2, 1-0

Kansas State, 11-3, 1-0

West Virginia, 9-5, 1-0

Baylor, 12-1, 0-0

Kansas, 9-4, 0-0

Oklahoma State, 12-2, 0-1

Texas, 11-3, 0-1

TCU, 9-4, 0-1

Texas Tech, 8-6, 0-1

And so conference play begins.

Iowa State, 13-0, 1-0

Last week: win vs Northern Illinois 99-63, win @ Texas Tech 73-62

This week: vs Baylor 1/7, @ Oklahoma 1/11

The Cyclones seem primed for a Big 12 run with non-con wins over Michigan and Iowa. They also claimed W’s against solid teams in BYU and Boise State. But are they for real? That undefeated record looks impressive, how long will it last in conference play?

Oklahoma, 12-2, 1-0

Last week: loss vs Louisiana Tech 102-98 (OT), win @ Texas 88-85

This week: vs Kansas 1/8, vs Iowa State 1/11

The Sooners have quietly put together a good record, knocking off Alabama and Texas A&M in the non-con. Louisiana Tech (12-3) is probably better than most people think, and the Bulldogs snuck up and surprised OU last week. A big win in Austin over Texas could give OU some momentum to make a run of their own at the conference title.

Kansas State, 11-3, 1-0

Last week: win vs George Washington 72-55, win vs Oklahoma State 74-71

This week: @ TCU 1/7, @ Kansas 1/11

It’s hard to ignore losses to Charlotte and Northern Colorado, but it’s also hard to ignore a win over Oklahoma State. What to make of these Wildcats? Can the "Defending Big 12 Champions" make another run?

West Virginia, 9-5, 1-0

Last week: win vs William and Mary 82-45, win @ TCU 74-69

This week: @ Texas Tech 1/6, vs Oklahoma State 1/11

Their losses are all to "major" programs – Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Missouruh, Gonzaga, and Purdue. It will be interesting to see if they can start conference play at 3-0, and if so, they can quickly become a contender.

Baylor, 12-1, 0-0

Last week: win vs Oral Roberts, 81-55, win vs Savannah State, 80-50

This week: @ Iowa State 1/7, vs TCU 1/11

Wins over Colorado and Kentucky highlight Baylor’s non-con, with the only blemish so far a seven point setback against Syracuse in Hawaii. They definitely have the talent to compete for the conference. Will Baylor finally show up in big games?

Kansas, 9-4, 0-0

Last week: win vs Toledo 93-83, loss vs San Diego State 61-57

This week: @ Oklahoma 1/8, vs Kansas State 1/11

Our beloved Jayhawks have been "struggling" by KU standards, despite solid wins in the non-con over Georgetown, New Mexico, and Duke. Something definitely seems to be amiss in Lawrence. Will the SDSU loss wake up these guys and propel them to yet another conference title? Conference play doesn’t start off easy, with the first five games against teams who think they can beat KU and get themselves in position for a title of their own (OU, KSU, ISU, OSU, BU).

Oklahoma State, 12-2, 0-1

Last week: win vs Robert Morris 92-66, loss @ Kansas State 74-71

This week: vs Texas 1/8, @ West Virginia 1/11

Different year, same story - Oklahoma State opened up Big 12 play last year with a loss in Manhattan. Nobody thinks the Cowboys will be down here for long, though. They knocked off Colorado and Butler in the non-con, and split two games with Memphis.

Texas, 11-3, 0-1

Last week: win vs Rice 66-44, loss vs Oklahoma 88-85

This week: @ Oklahoma State 1/8, vs Texas Tech 1/11

Texas didn’t challenge themselves until mid-December when they played back to back games @ North Carolina (W) and vs Michigan State (L). They could be dangerous – it is Texas, and they do have talent.

TCU, 9-4, 0-1

Last week: win vs Texas Southern 77-64, loss vs West Virginia 74-69

This week: vs Kansas State 1/7, @ Baylor 1/11

TCU is rapidly improving after a rough first year in the Big 12, only getting blown out in one non-con game (vs Harvard). It’s likely that the Frogs are not a threat to finish in the top half of the conference, however, I imagine that most nights they’ll be competitive.

Texas Tech, 8-6, 0-1

Last week: win vs Mount Saint Mary’s 100-69, loss vs Iowa State 73-62

This week: vs West Virginia 1/6, @ Texas 1/11

Tech is beating the small conference teams that they’re supposed to and losing to everyone else, recording a loss against every "major conference" team they played in non-con. Like TCU, the road to respectability will be a long one, and I don’t foresee TTech as a threat to finish anywhere in the top half of the Big 12.

This coming week will be fun as conference play really gets amped up and into full swing. By next week, everyone will have played at least two conference games, with some teams having played three. It should be an interesting season, and hopefully for our Jayhawks, another fun one in Lawrence.

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