Big 12 Basketball: Buy or sell Kansas, Iowa State, Baylor, Texas and TCU?
Usually, there’s a discussion as to which is the best conference in the sport. This time around, there’s no debate, as Big 12 Basketball has dominated from top to bottom. They’re the only league where every individual team is in the top 70 in the metrics. And every team could easily have at least three losses in league play had the final minutes gone differently.
This piece is going to look at all 10 Big 12 programs and where they currently stand when it comes to expectations. There are four teams that are looking to simply make the NCAA Tournament and are at the bottom of the standings. As for the other six that are safely in the field, I’ll be looking at whether they’re capable of making a Final Four run.
Here’s my “Buy or Sell” piece for the Big 12.
Texas Tech – Making the NCAA Tournament
After losing to West Virginia on Wednesday, the Red Raiders are dead last in the Big 12 with a record of 10-10 overall and 0-8 in league play. And making matters worse, the team has nothing to speak of in the non-conference, with the victories over power conference teams being Georgetown and Louisville.
The only thing that keeps the Red Raiders barely alive is that they have 10 games left against Quad 1/2 opponents. If they win half of them, that’s a resume that at least warrants a little consideration. Of course, this team simply hasn’t been good and its star offseason transfer, Fardaws Aimaq, has missed a game after just getting back from an injury.
This is a team with mediocre guard play and mediocre defense, which is supposed to be what Coach Mark Adams’ teams are good at. There’s nothing to suggest that this team can make a late-season comeback and is doomed to last place.