2009-2010 Big 12 Basketball Preview
The Big 12 offers some big competition and it includes a few teams that possess the potential to make it to the NCAA Championship game. This conference is devoted to tough play under the basket, solid defense and playmaking point guards. Here’s a look at how the teams in the Big 12 are expected to do.
First place comes down to one of three teams: the Kansas Jayhawks, Oklahoma Sooners and Texas Longhorns. Along with having the best new class of players in the league, which includes Xavier Henry and two other top 30 recruits, two fine veteran talents anchor the Jayhawks. Center Cole Aldrich and guard Sherron Collins make this deep club hum. Oklahoma features the fine play of Willie Warrren at guard. He’s one of the best in the Big 12. Additionally, the Sooners frosh class is strong. For Texas, the upfront play of senior Damion James defines this team, while guard Avery Bradley, a freshman, may be the best defender in the conference.
The next tier of teams includes the Kansas State Wildcats, Texas A&M Aggies and Oklahoma State Cowboys. Two fine guards control the backcourt for the Wildcats. The play of senior Denis Clemente and junior Jacob Pullen will define Kansas State. The Aggie recruits include five strong players. Still, this club has to make up for the loss of star player Chinemelu Elonu. For the Cowboys, freshman forward Roger Franklin could help transform the team.
The top six teams above should all make it to the Big Dance. The next three—the Missouri Wildcats, Baylor Bears and Iowa Cyclones—look to go to the NIT. The final three will spend the entire off-season at home. Missouri will do it by showing a stingy defense, while the Baylor Bears will attempt to restructure their talented team. For the Iowa Cyclones, junior forward Craig Brackins comes to play and win every night. He’s the team’s difference maker.
The final three teams include an improving Texas Tech Raiders club, a revitalized Colorado Buffaloes team and a bunch of Nebraska Cornhuskers. Colorado has a developing backcourt, while Nebraska has added depth. The coaches of these clubs have their work cut out for them.
That’s the mix when it comes to the Big 12. The Jayhawks are the favorite to run the board when it comes to the conference title and the national championship. Then again, it is a long season and a lot can happen.
2009-2010 Big 12 Basketball Predictions
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2) Oklahoma Sooners
3) Texas Longhorns
4) Kansas State Wildcats
5) Texas A&M Aggies
6) Oklahoma State Cowboys
7) Missouri Tigers
8) Baylor Bears
9) Iowa State Cyclones
10) Texas Tech Red Raiders
11) Colorado Buffaloes
12) Nebraska Cornhuskers