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Big 12 NCAAB Preview

Toast posted the ACC on Monday, here is his preview of Big 12 conference.




Baylor Bears

HOME COURT Ferrell Center (10,347)


JAMES AKINJO (13.5 ppg, 5.8 apg, 2.0 spg)
JEREMY SOCHAN (9.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.8 apg)
KENDALL BROWN (9.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.9 apg)
MATTHEW MAYER (9.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 spg)


KEYONTE GEORGE (freshman, IMG Academy)
LANGSTON LOVE (freshman, Montverde Academy)
JALEN BRIDGES (transfer, West Virginia)
CALEB LOHNER (transfer, BYU)
DANTWAN GRIMES (transfer, Kilgore JC)
JOSH OJIANWUNA (freshman, NBA Global Academy)

Baylor is a force. Baylor has ranked No. 1 in the country in each of the past three seasons. They won two of the past three Big 12 regular season titles. They won the national title in 2021. If not for an COVID outbreak, they may have gone undefeated that year. If not for a handful of season-ending injuries last year, they may have gone back-to-back. Even this year they have the best back court in the country. Not to mention talent up and down the roster, with a coach that is top 5 in the country. I have Baylor as a Final Four team and winning the BIG 12


Iowa State Cyclones

HEAD COACH T.J. Otzelberger
HOME COURT Hilton Coliseum (14,267)


IZAIAH BROCKINGTON (16.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg)
TYRESE HUNTER (11.0 ppg, 4.9 apg, 3.5 rpg)
GEORGE CONDITT IV (4.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg)
TRISTAN ENARUNA (4.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg)
TRE JACKSON (3.7 ppg)


JAREN HOLMES (transfer, St. Bonaventure)
OSUN OSUNNIYI (transfer, St. Bonaventure)
JEREMIAH WILLIAMS (transfer, Temple)
HASON WARD (transfer VCU)
ELI KING (freshman, Caledonia HS)
DEMARION WATSON (freshman, Totino-Grace HS)
TAMIN LIPSEY (freshman, Ames HS)

Fresh off a sweet 16 run. The Defense that carried this team last year should still be able to keep them in games this year as well. Scoring is a different story, they should struggle to score. The hope would be that the defense can force turnovers and then the Cyclones can get easy points in transition. I would say it is safe to say they make the dance.


Kansas Jayhawks

HOME COURT Phog Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)


OCHAI AGBAJI (18.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.6 apg)
CHRISTIAN BRAUN (14.1 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.8 apg)
DAVID MCCORMACK (10.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg)
REMY MARTIN (8.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.5 apg)
MITCH LIGHTFOOT (4.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg)


KEVIN MCCULLAR JR. (transfer, Texas Tech)
GRADEY DICK (freshman, Sunrise Christian)
MJ RICE (freshman, Prolific Prep)
ERNEST UDEH JR. (freshman, Dr. Phillips HS)
ZUBY EJIOFOR (freshman, Garland HS)

You do not need me to tell you Kansas will be good. Bill Self is a very good coach, a cheater though 'Kansas begins its national title defense while still in the crosshairs of the NCAA’s enforcement arm" is something you are going to see a lot this year. The Jayhawks do it a little different check this quote “We’ve had nine one-and-dones, and three of them weren’t one-and-dones; they just left after a year. Where we make our living is with the Marcus Morrises — guys ranked around the 70s that, after three years, are as good as those one-and-dones. They’re grown men, and they’re pros.” —Bill Self

They are deep, talented and well coached.


Kansas State Wildcats

HEAD COACH Jerome Tang
HOME COURT Bramlage Coliseum (12,528


NIJEL PACK (17.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.2 apg)
MARK SMITH (12.7 ppg, 8.4 rpg)
MIKE MCGUIRL (7.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.0 apg)
SELTON MIGUEL (7.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
KAOSI EZEAGU (4.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg)
DAVION BRADFORD (3.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg)
LUKE KASUBKE (1.9 ppg)


KEYONTAE JOHNSON (transfer, Florida) DESI SILLS (transfer, Arkansas State)
NAE’QWAN TOMLIN (transfer, Chipola College)
CAM CARTER (transfer, Mississippi State)
TYKEI GREENE (transfer, Stony Brook)
ABAYOMI IYIOLA (transfer, Hofstra)
DAVID N’GUESSAN (transfer, Virginia Tech)
TAJ MANNING (freshman, Granview, MO/La Lumiere)
DORIAN FINISTER (freshman, New Orleans, LA/Carver)

To be honest I'm really not sure what to think of this Kansas state team. Obviously the big 12 is a difficult challenge Is on a night tonight basis. I think they're gonna have some issues in the front court but if they can somehow figure out a way to mask those issues maybe they surprise some teams, but I have them at the bottom of the conference.


Oklahoma Sooners

HEAD COACH Porter Moser
HOME COURT Lloyd Noble Center (11,562)


UMOJA GIBSON (13.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg)
JORDAN GOLDWIRE (10.4 ppg, 3.6 apg, 2.6 rpg)
ELIJAH HARKLESS (10.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.3 spg)
MARVIN JOHNSON (4.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg)
ETHAN CHARGOIS (4.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg)


GRANT SHERFIELD (transfer, Nevada)
JOE BAMISILE (transfer, George Washington)
OTEGA OWEH (freshman, Somerset, NJ/Blair)
MILOS UZAN (freshman, Las Vegas, NV/Desert Pines)
YAYA KEITA (transfer, Missouri) BENNY SCHROEDER (freshman, Munich)
SAM GODWIN (transfer, Wofford)

I really like Porter Moser as a coach, and I think in time he is going have a good program at Oklahoma. Not this though. This is not a knock on the program, the BIG 12 is a wagon and I just do not see the Sooners dancing this year.


Oklahoma State Cowboys

HEAD COACH Mike Boynton
HOME COURT Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611)


BRYCE WILLIAMS (8.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.2 apg)
ISAAC LIKEKELE (7.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.4 apg)
KEYLAN BOONE (6.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 31.6% 3PT)
RONDEL WALKER (4.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.6 spg)
DONOVAN WILLIAMS (3.1 ppg, 44.4% 3PT)


JOHN-MICHAEL WRIGHT (transfer, High Point)
CALEB ASBERRY (transfer, Texas State)
RUSSELL HARRISON (transfer, UL-Monroe)
QUION WILLIAMS (freshman, Jonesboro HS, Ark.)

The Pokes finished fourth-nationally in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency metric. They finished 161st offensively, just ahead of juggernauts like UMBC and Tulsa. I do not think they will have as good as a team as they did last year, but I do think they will be in the middle of the pact in the conference. Coach Boyton will have his guys ready on the defensive end, so if they can figure out a way to get buckets, maybe they make a run.


TCU Horned Frogs

HEAD COACH Jamie Dixon
HOME COURT Schollmaier Arena (6,800)