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Big 12 Basketball: Very Early Projections Have 4 Teams in Top 25

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In some extraordinarily early NCAA basketball top-25 projection, which featured four Big 12 teams, Gary Parrish of CBS Sports included Kansas, Texas, Iowa State and Oklahoma in the preseason top 25 for 2014-15. Parrish placed Kansas at fifth, Texas at ninth, Iowa State at 15 and Oklahoma at 17.

I somewhat agree with the opening rankings by Parrish, but these four teams will prove to be in a much different order by the time the season kicks off and their performance on the court speaks more than paper projections.

In my opinion, the season will come to show that in order of where they were ranked in the Big 12, it should be Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa State.

Texas looks to have the perfect combination of talent, potential and experience. Kansas is undoubtedly the second best based off its vast array of talent and experience. Oklahoma returns a slew of talent that was a better team than what its last season ending portrayed. As for Iowa State, time just caught up to it with DeAndre Kane and Melvin Ejim leaving college and it just can’t be as competitive without them.

Again, last season goes to show it’s difficult to have any idea where teams will finish, but Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa State seem like a more realistic ranking. As with every situation like this one, time will only tell; however, if the upcoming Big 12 season is anywhere near as good as this past season, we are all in for a serious treat.

Cody Daniel is a Big 12 Basketball Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter, Like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

The Sooners are just one of four Big 12 teams to make it on this list but are definitely headed in the right direction so be sure to jump on the bandwagon now and get your Oklahoma men’s basketball tickets here.