Big 12 Basketball: 5 Storylines for the Upcoming Season

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5 Storylines for the Big 12 Conference

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The 2012-13 college basketball season is just around the corner. Although there will be many storylines entering the new season, let’s focus on five storylines for the Big 12 Conference.

The Big 12 Conference will be without the Missouri Tigers and the Texas A&M Aggies, since both teams left for the SEC. However, the TCU Horned Frogs and West Virginia Mountaineers will replace those teams.

West Virginia is a good addition to the conference, but it may be awhile before TCU makes an impact in the Big 12. The Tigers leaving is, of course, a huge loss to the conference because Missouri is good enough to compete for a national championship right now.

The Kansas Jayhawks represented the Big 12 in the national championship game last season, but they lost a couple of their best players. Baylor will once again compete for the conference title, but is there anyone other than Kansas or Baylor that will?

This conference may have some old faces, but it will have a lot of new ones as well, especially on the better teams in the conference. Frank Martin will no longer be the head coach for Kansas State, since he decided to take his coaching skills to South Carolina. However, Bruce Weber should be a great replacement for the Wildcats.

The answers to these questions and much more will all be answered in this article. So, read on to see five storylines for the upcoming season in the Big 12 Conference.

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Bruce Weber and Bob Huggins Join the Conference

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Two big names in college basketball will be apart of the Big 12 Conference this season. In comes Bruce Weber and Bog Huggins. Weber was previously the head coach at Illinois, but he will be taking over for Frank Martin at Kansas State.

As for Huggins, his Mountaineers will be joining the conference, like I stated earlier in the article. Both coaches are very capable of coaching their teams to a Big 12 title, but it certainly will not be easy.

Weber will have to coach a completely new team in the upcoming season, but the pesky D of the Wildcats should fit his coaching style very nicely.

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Who Will be the MVP in the Big 12?

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This discussion is wide open, since the conference lost so many good players from last season. No more Thomas Robinson. No more Perry Jones III.

Some players that will enter the season in the MVP talks for the Big 12 though are Baylor freshman Isaiah Austin, Kansas redshirt freshman Ben McLemore, Kansas State’s Rodney McGruder, Texas’ Myck Kabongo and Baylor’s Pierre Jackson.

Although it is no guarantee that one of these players will be the best in the conference, they certainly will enter the season in the discussion for the Big 12 MVP.

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Who Will Step Up for Kansas?

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The Kansas Jayhawks lost their two best players over the offseason in Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson. So, who is going to step up for the Jayhawks this year?

You know someone will, since we are talking about Kansas here. This team is elite every single year.

Ben McLemore probably has the most hype going for him entering the season, but Kansas also has its true seven-footer Jeff Withey, and you can’t count out Elijah Johnson or Travis Releford, who will both be seniors this year.

My money is on McLemore to lead this team to victory, but Kansas will have a very balanced attack regardless.

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How Will Baylor Fare With the Loss of so Many Players?

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Baylor had a very solid team last year. However, they lost Quincy Acy, Quincy Miller and Perry Jones III. Believe it or not, the Bears should have just as good of a front court this year as they did last year, despite all of these major losses.

That is because incoming freshmen Isaiah Austin and Ricardo Gathers are supposed to make an immediate impact. Not to mention, Pierre Jackson and Brady Heslip will help makeup one of the best backcourts in the game.

Sure, Baylor will have some new faces on its team, but they should be just as good this season as they were last season.

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Can Someone Dethrone Kansas?

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The Jayhawks made it all of the way to the national championship game last season. Kansas may not be as good as they were last year, but they will still have one heck of a team. This team has absolutely dominated the Big 12 for the past eight seasons or so.

Is there anyone in the conference that can challenge the Jayhawks for the Big 12 title?

Texas and Kansas State will both have pretty good teams in the upcoming season, but everything will have to go completely perfect for either team to win the conference title. There is really only one team in the Big 12 that can challenge Kansas and that is Baylor.

Pierre Jackson and Isaiah Austin are both as good as it gets. Last season Jackson led the team in points as a freshman with 13.8 points per game. Baylor will have a talented player at every position and some very high-scoring players on its team, but so will the Jayhawks.

If Kansas is going to be dethroned, it will be this season by the Bears.

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