There is very little argument that the Big 10 and Big 12 are the two most difficult conferences in college basketball, and the argument lies a little more in favor of the Big 12 because their weakest teams still boast impressive records. That couldn’t be more of a reality than when you look at the records of two of the top teams in the conference, the Iowa State Cyclones and Kansas Jayhawks.
These two teams faced off in a game that was more important for Iowa State than it was for Kansas, but the Cyclones just couldn’t contain freshman superstar Andrew Wiggins, who finished with a career-high 29 points; or Joel Embiid, who had a double-double. Perry Ellis also chipped in, and the team played very well defensively despite allowing two Iowa State players to score at least 20 points. Kansas won 92-81.
With the dominating win over an extremely talented Cyclones team, Kansas proved that there isn’t a team more all-around talented in college basketball than the Jayhawks. Yes, there are teams like the Syracuse Orange, Florida Gators and Arizona Wildcats who are definitely top teams, but of the top teams in college basketball, Kansas and the Kentucky Wildcats look like they are the only two that get better game after game.
By playing in the most difficult conference in college basketball, Kansas will enter the 2014 NCAA Tournament more prepared than any other team. If the Jayhawks continue to win, not only should you expect them to jump into the discussion for a possible no. 1 seed, but as the favorite to win the whole thing as well. A confident Kansas is a scary thing, and the whole country will find out in March.