Big 12 Basketball: Preseason power rankings for 2020-21 season

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WACO, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 22: Jared Butler #12 of the Baylor Bears and Isaiah Moss #4 of the Kansas Jayhawks at Ferrell Center on February 22, 2020 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

With the 2020-21 season set to start soon, how does each Big 12 Basketball team look? Here are a team-by-team preview and ranking of the 10 programs.

In the past couple of months, we’ve seen the college football world struggle to get things working for a season, with several conferences currently not participating. In college basketball, there’s optimism that the headaches will be avoided, allowing a real season to be played involving over 300 teams. That hopefully includes the 10 for Big 12 Basketball, who each has an intriguing story to tell.

Last season, the main storyline was the effort by Kansas to get back its conference regular-season title after losing it the year prior for the first time in over a decade. But Baylor fought them all season long in the standings, before a huge road win in Waco by the Jayhawks all but sealed the title. The Big 12 was certainly top-heavy, with only Kansas and Baylor finishing league play with a better than .500 record.

There were four teams all tied at 9-9 (Texas, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Texas Tech), who were all on the bubble but likely would’ve made the NCAA Tournament had it not been canceled. As for the other four programs (Kansas State, TCU, Oklahoma State, and Iowa State), it became more of a rebuilding effort.

Things should be looking different overall for the Big 12 this upcoming season. Like all the other leagues, there were many transfer departures and arrivals. What was a bit different for this conference was the lack of major early entrants to the NBA Draft. Only Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State, Jahmi’us Ramsey (Texas Tech), and Devon Dotson (Kansas) left, leaving a ton of talent with an extra year of experience in school.

This piece will be a detailed look at each Big 12 Basketball roster, ranking from 10-1, including the projected floors, ceilings, strengths, and weaknesses. Who should be the preseason favorite? And more importantly, how many of the 10 will make the 2020 NCAA Tournament?

*For this piece, all transfers this offseason are projected to have received a waiver from the NCAA

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