10 Storylines To Follow During Big 12 Conference Tournament

10 Storylines to Follow During the Big 12 Conference Tournament

10 Storylines to Follow During the Big 12 Conference Tournament
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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).

10. Will Free Throws Hurt Baylor?

10. Baylor
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10. Will Free Throws Hurt Baylor?

10. Baylor
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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.

9. Can Iowa State Make Deep Run?

9. Iowa State
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9. Can Iowa State Make Deep Run?

9. Iowa State
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The Cyclones need a deep run, and perhaps even a tournament title, to prove to others and to themselves that they are not overmatched.

8. Did Kansas Peak Early?

8. Kansas
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8. Did Kansas Peak Early?

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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?

7. Can Kansas State Get Hot At The Right Time?

7. Kansas State
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7. Can Kansas State Get Hot At The Right Time?

7. Kansas State
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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?

6. Which Oklahoma State Team Will Show Up?

6. Oklahoma State
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6. Which Oklahoma State Team Will Show Up?

6. Oklahoma State
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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.

5. Oklahoma: Tournament Dark Horse?

5. Oklahoma
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5. Oklahoma: Tournament Dark Horse?

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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.

4. Can TCU Prove Itself?

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4. Can TCU Prove Itself?

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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.

3. Will Texas Tech Be Competitive?

3. Texas Tech
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3. Will Texas Tech Be Competitive?

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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.

2. Will Texas Step Up To Improved Competition?

2. Texas
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2. Will Texas Step Up To Improved Competition?

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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?

1. Will West Virginia Be Able To Carry Momentum From Regular Season?

1. West Virginia
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1. Will West Virginia Be Able To Carry Momentum From Regular Season?

1. West Virginia
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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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