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Rant Sports NCAAB Conference Preview: Big 12

Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

Another year of college basketball is quickly approaching and in preparation, Rant Sports College Basketball Network Manager Paul Seaver will be breaking down and predicting the outcomes of each conference across the country.

Today, we look at the Big 12:

Some thought that Kansas‘ streak of consecutive Big 12 championships would end last year. It didn’t and now a run at nine in a row is on the horizon in 2012-13.

Baylor may be the team who poses the toughest threat to the Jayhawks this season, but teams like Texas and Oklahoma State are vastly improved. West Virginia enters its first season in the league with expectations of finishing within the upper half of the conference, while Rodney McGruder once again returns to lead Kansas State.

West Virginia is not the only newcomer to the league this season as TCU and head coach Trent Johnson are also ready to go. However, expectations in their first season may reside near the bottom half of the conference. The league has seen four teams depart over the course of the past two years, but their latest additions give them an even ten heading into this year.

Regardless of the numbers, the conference should once again be in for an exciting year, but will it be Kansas who once again reigns supreme?

 

Big 12 Predictions:

1. Baylor

2. Kansas

3. Oklahoma State

4. Texas

5. West Virginia

6. Kansas State

7. Iowa State

8. Oklahoma

9. Texas Tech

10. TCU

 

First Team All-Big 12 Predictions:

G Rodney McGruder, Sr., Kansas State

G Pierre Jackson, Sr., Baylor

F Le’Bryan Nash, So., Oklahoma State

F Deniz Kilicli, Sr., West Virginia

F Jeff Withey, Sr., Kansas

 

Big 12 Player of the Year Prediction:

Pierre Jackson, Sr., Baylor

 

Coach of the Year Prediction:

Scott Drew, Baylor

 

Newcomer of the Year Prediction:

Marcus Smart, Fr., Oklahoma State

 

Last Team to Win NCAA Tournament Game:

2012- Kansas lost in National Championship game

 

 

Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @TheArenaPulse