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Big 12 basketball: Predicting the conference finish

BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, Modified: January 6, 2011 at 8:31 pm •  Published: January 6, 2011

1. Kansas: Looking for seventh straight title. So deep five bench players could start for a lot of teams.

2. Kansas State: Suspensions have hampered chemistry but Pullen and the 'Cats have Final Four potential.

3. Missouri: Full throttle Tigers are scoring 85.6 points, forcing 20 turnovers and have a deep roster.

4. Texas: Canadian imports provide a spark. Big non-conference wins a sign 'Horns are a postseason threat.

5. Baylor: Underachieving early but Bears have upside with LaceDarius Dunn and freshman star Perry Jones.

6. Texas A&M: Gritty Aggies aren't overly talented but play good defense and can dominate the boards.

7. Oklahoma State: Moses and Page are solid. Supporting cast key to making the NCAA Tournament.

8. Colorado: Buffaloes have two NBA caliber players. Won't be a gimme in Boulder but they lack depth.

9. Iowa State: Picked last in preseason by coaches, Cyclones are playing well under Fred Hoiberg.

10. Nebraska: Playing outstanding defense, Cornhuskers were a pleasant surprise in non-conference play.

11. Oklahoma: Undersized Sooners are in rebuilding mode. Defense, rebounding key to being competitive.

12. Texas Tech: Huge disappointment. League worst FG percentage defense a sign it might be a long year.

Big 12 NCAA Tournament projections

NCAA Tournament bound: Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Kansas State, Baylor

On the Bubble: Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Iowa State

Missing March Madness: Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas Tech

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