Believe it or not, college basketball is already upon us again with the season having started up on Wednesday, Nov. 25th. With that, the Big 12 is back in action, and it is time to start breaking down the conference.
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— Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB) December 1, 2020
This Baylor Bears team looks legit going into the season. There’s talent, experience, and leadership all over the place with an incredible coach, Scott Drew, who has proven his worth year after year in the Big 12. The only question is this: will Baylor be typical Baylor and fall off come conference season when the games actually matter, or will this season finally be different for a Scott Drew-led squad? Only time will tell.
As usual, the Jayhawks had a pretty good recruiting class, nabbing five star Bryce Thompson and the top junior college player in the nation, Tyon Grant-Foster. Kansas is at their usual preseason spot; safely in the Top 10 and arguably national title contenders, expectations which are usually fulfilled, especially under head coach Bill Self. 2020-2021 will be no different.
Goodnight, Jayhawk Nation! 💤 https://t.co/cy1gsnqs1x
— Kansas Basketball (@KUHoops) December 2, 2020
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Head coach Chris Beard continues to show his worth as one of the better coaches in the country, and key off-season pickups are what catapulted this team into the Top 25. The Texas Tech recruiting class is very impressive, ranking first in the Big 12 and tenth in the nation. This is thanks to transfers McClung, Marcus Santos-Silva, and Jamarius Burton, who are looking to make an immediate impact on the court.
Along with a handful of three and four stars came a lack of elite five-star recruits, which was disappointing for a program on the rise. Even so, the upcoming year for the Red Raiders looks promising; there are young, talented players all over the place and an elite head coach looking to bounce back after a tough go in 2019-2020.
West Virginia Mountaineers
Miles McBride and Oscar Tshiebwe are returning after very impressive freshman campaigns alongside WV’s top recruit, four-star Isaiah Cottrell. This is your every year Mountaineer team; they don’t look like much on paper but will give you trouble with their defensive play and annoying full-court press. They aren’t called Press Virginia for nothing.
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— Texas Longhorns (@TexasLonghorns) December 1, 2020
The roster doesn’t catch anyone’s eye too much, but one positive is experience. This is a very veteran team with players who have played in the system for two or more years. Also, though a disappointing one recruit signed with the Longhorns in 2020, that one recruit is a five-star, top-ranked player in Texas, Greg Jones.
The main story going into the season for the Longhorns is Shaka Smart. Smart hasn’t quite delivered results as expected since he was hired in 2014 and people are becoming impatient. If this season doesn’t start or end according to plan, look for Shaka Smart to be searching for another job.
TCU has been on the rise for a couple of years now under Jamie Dixon. K-State is always unpredictable but seems to generally somewhat figure it out. And don’t ever count out the Sooners, who seem always to be better than expected.
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