The North has risen again
When the Big 12 basketball season started, the South Division seemed supreme. Only Kansas seemed worthy of inclusion among the conference elite.
But now the league is Oklahoma and the North Division. Missouri and Kansas State have zoomed to the upper third of the league. In fact, of the top five teams in the Big 12 standings, four are in the North Division.
Missouri won at Texas and OSU. Kansas State won at Texas and Texas A&M. OSU is 3-5 in the Big 12; Baylor and A&M are 3-6.
Shaky non-conference performances could leave Nebraska and K-State in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament, so right now, only three teams seem sure bets to make March Madness: OU (23-1), Kansas (18-4) and Missouri (20-4). Texas (15-7) still has a great non-conference resume’, so don’t count out the Longhorns.
But the tide clearly has turned. OU is 4-0 vs. the North Division, but every other South team has a losing record in interdivisional games. Against the North, OSU, Baylor and Texas Tech are 1-2. Texas is 1-3. Texas A&M is 0-2. The North leads the South 11-8 so far, and the North hosts nine of the remaining 17 interdivisional games.
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