With a deep and competitive conference, Big 12 Basketball is poised for a big upcoming season. But with no team being perfect, here are the biggest questions for teams in the league.
Over the past few seasons, Big 12 Basketball has become a lot more than a bunch of teams trying to catch Kansas and knock them off of the top rung of the ladder. Going into this year the conference could have as many as five teams in preseason polls, including a team likely to get plenty of votes as the No. 1 team in the country, the Baylor Bears.
The conference could be top heavy though because after those five teams the drop off potential in terms of both talent and expectations could be a big one. Don’t get me wrong, the league isn’t going through any sort of transformation with Baylor being the league’s best team and the number of ranked teams in the league. Kansas is the reigning champ and will once again be a strong contender for the league title, but the number and quality of teams they will have to contend with is much stronger than it has been in years past.
The rest of the league behind those two teams has some really interesting storylines such as, how will the new faces mesh at Texas Tech? Is this finally the year that Shaka Smart puts it all together at Texas? And, what does Mike Boynton do with his young Oklahoma State team?
Every team has question marks before the season starts, some have a major impact on a team’s success, while others impact how much better an already good team can be. Here are the biggest questions for every Big 12 team entering the 2020-21 season.