For the last 12 seasons the Kansas Jayhawks have been the BIG12 regular season champions. Coach Bill Self has been dominating since coming to Lawrence, Kansas, only failing to be regular season champs once, his first year in 2003.
The Jayhawks, 6-0, lead by senior guards, Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Devonte’ Graham average a 33-point win margin per game this year.
They lead the BIG12 in field goal percentage, 3-point percentage, and assists per-game. This season Kansas looks poised to win another BIG12 title, currently ranked number two in the nation.
I say all of that to say this…
The BIG12 as a whole is a whole lot better starting this year than it has been in recent years. It won’t be a cake walk for the Jayhawks. No team in the BIG12 has lost more than two games this year. The BIG12 has 5 teams listed in the AP top 25 list. TCU is ranked 23rd, Texas Tech 22nd, West Virginia 19th, Baylor 16th, and Kansas is 2nd in the nation.
West Virginia looks most poised to challenge the Jayhawks for the BIG12 title this year. Senior Jevon Cater, last year’s defensive player of the year, looks to lead the Mountaineers to the promise land. TCU upset the Jayhawks last year in the BIG12 tournament, and bring back a big scorer for the team, Vladimr Brodziansky.
Texas is the most interesting team in the conference with recruiting additions of 5-star center Mo Bamba, and the best point guard the longhorns have had since DJ Augustin, Matt Coleman.
Baylor has a lot of work to do with their star player Jonathan Motley leaving for the NBA draft this year. However senior Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. has been solid for the team thus far, averaging a double-double.
Oklahoma will be in the tourney this year; freshman Trae Young is lighting up the college basketball world, averaging 28 points a game. Texas Tech has its core back together this year, Keenan Evans has been a defensive stopper so far, this season.
Senior Donavan Jackson looks to repeat as BIG12 tourney winners and freshman Lindell Wigginton will only help that effort to have Iowa State back in that position. Barry Brown, Dean Wade, and Kamau Stokes all average 14 points per game this early season, Kansas State is looking to put points on the board.
Oklahoma State has been efficient from the charity strike this year, that could look to be an advantage in close games moving forward.
Any team in this conference can beat the other on any given night. The conference is loaded with star power, as well as phenomenal freshman. The whole conference scores better than 70 points a game; just like football, the BIG12 can put up some points.
This year should be a tight race to see who’s coming home with the trophy. Buckle up.