BY MIKE BALDWIN, Staff Writer, mbaldwin@opubco.com Modified: January 6, 2011 at 8:35 pm •  Published: January 6, 2011
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Five players to watch

LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor: Suspended early but averaging league-best 21.2 points.

Jacob Pullen, K-State: Preseason Player of the Year can fill up a stat sheet.


Marcus Damon, Missouri: Former sixth man is playing at a very high level.

Alec Burks, Colorado: A few NBA mock drafts have him going in the lottery.

Jordan Hamilton, Texas: Sophomore forward (19.8 average) a first-round pick.

Top five Big 12 games

Jan. 17: Kansas State at Missouri

Jan. 29: Missouri at Texas

Feb. 14: Kansas at Kansas State

Feb. 28: Kansas State at Texas

March 5: Kansas at Missouri

Top five In-state games

Jan. 8: Kansas State at Oklahoma State

Jan. 26: Texas at Oklahoma State

Feb. 2: Missouri at Oklahoma State

Feb. 19: Texas A&M at Oklahoma State

March 5: Oklahoma State at Oklahoma

Five developments

1. Freshman Josh Selby waited to make his debut but Jayhawks again the team to beat.

2. Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly suspensions prevent K-State from building momentum.

3. Led by Canadian freshmen Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph Longhorns are for real.

4. Projected No. 1 or 2 pick in NBA draft, Baylor's Perry Jones averaging only 11.8 points.

5. Hoiberg has the Cyclones playing well. Hilton Coliseum will be tougher than expected.

Five long-term storylines

1. Can the Big 12 send three teams to the Elite Eight, two teams to the Final Four?

2. If Red Raiders finish near the bottom will this be Pat Knight's final season?

3. Is the NCAA snooping around Baylor for possible recruiting violations?

4. Can the Big 12 finish as top-ranked RPI conference for second straight year?

5. With five or six viable candidates, who will win Player of the Year?



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