By Bret Thurman @ThurmanBret on March 10, 2014
There is no clear favorite to win the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament, which starts in Kansas City on Wednesday. Your favorite, or least favorite, school is in one of three positions: a top squad trying to separate itself from the pack, a borderline team trying to extend its season, or a lower-tier team that is already looking ahead to next year (or maybe even the year after that).
Since Kenny Chery came back, the Bears seem to be humming in every area except making free throws. They can't expect to miss 8-10 and still win a close game.
The Cyclones need a deep run, and perhaps even a tournament title, to prove to others and to themselves that they are not overmatched.
The Jayhawks probably played themselves out of a top seed in the season's last week. Was that an ill-timed bump in the road, or did the team peak too early?
Last year's tournament champions are not even favored to make the semifinals. But this year, they are playing for their tournament lives. Can the Wildcats catch fire at the right time?
The Cowboys are a very streaky team, and it's always anyone's guess which one will come out of the tunnel. One thing is for certain: OSU will be in a much different position after this weekend than it is in today.
The solid and consistent Sooners have almost been overlooked in the turmoil of the last two weeks, making them the dark horse favorite to win the tournament.
So, welcome to the Big 12. We'll get one last look to see if the Horned Frogs just had a tough year or if they will be perennial cellar-dwellers.
His surname may be "Knight," but that doesn't mean that Pat stays for another year if his Red Raiders aren't at least competitive.
No one is really talking about the Longhorns after the team ended the regular season very quietly. How will Texas respond to much tougher competition than it has faced in the last week?
The Mountaineers need a strong tournament run, which means going at least one or two games past their seed, to follow up on their strong regular season end.
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