Familiar Territory

So who’s surprised to see Kansas at the top of the Big 12 yet again? The way the season began it seemed as though they would comfortably remain that way all season long and that just hasn’t been the case.

Oklahoma has been the best team in the country some nights and completely reliant upon Buddy Hield on other nights, That’s not a bad thing when it’s because he’s open or just not missing. But when it’s because dudes are standing around and waiting for something to happen it just doesn’t work.

The Jayhawks swept the Sooners strengthening a conference lead that is currently shared with West Virginia. The Mountaineers lost Jonathan Holton a few weeks ago and have since lost some effectiveness on the wing, but are still chugging along with their high-pressure defense.

Iowa State was a popular preseason favorite and while they’ve been good, they just haven’t been a consistent team. Part of that has to do with continuity and injuries. Naz Mitro-Long was lost forever a few games into the season because of nagging injuries and Jamal McKay just recently got injured. Luckily, they have some depth. So perhaps they will get it together before all is said and done.

And then there’s Texas. If you thought Shaka Smart would fix things this quickly you would be ridiculously optimistic, and from Texas. Because this team is curious mix of one-trick ponies. And once they lost Cameron Ridley it seemed as though they might be stuck waiting for next year. Not so fast.

Meanwhile, there’s still a Baylor squad that is not as good as they should be but are still alive. And Tubby Smith has his rag-tag bunch from Texas Tech playing quality basketball. There’s bound to be a few more surprises in results (i.e. Oklahoma State and Kansas State with big wins).

Oklahoma has the easiest remaining schedule but the Jayhawks have a game in hand and a tie-breaker from head-to-head games. West Virginia can totally run the table but have the most difficult schedule left between the three teams. Looks like another Kansas regular season title.

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