Big 12 Basketball: Inside an extreme conference makeover

Two teams are gone. So are 14 of the league's top 20 scorers. An offseason look at the key figures in what will be a season of change for Big 12 men's basketball.
By JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com Published: June 9, 2011

Gone are Colorado and Nebraska.

Gone, too, are most of the headliners from the 2010-11 Big 12 season.

Only one player – Missouri's Marcus Denmon – returns from the All-Big 12 First team, while 14 of the league's top 20 scorers have moved on, either on to pro ball or on to a new league or simply out of eligibility.


The Big 12 is in for a major facelift.

The key figures, coming and going:

OUT THE DOOR

Four coaches Missouri's Mike Anderson (to Arkansas); OU's Jeff Capel (back to Duke as an assistant), Texas Tech's Pat Knight (to Lamar); Texas A&M's Mark Turgeon (to Maryland).

Top talent The Big 12 named three all-conference teams (two of them, curiously, six- member teams). Of those 17 players, 12 are gone, including first-team picks Marcus Morris of KU, Jacob Pullen of KSU, Jordan Hamilton of UT and Alec Burks of CU. KU's Markieff Morris and UT's Tristan Thompson bolted for NBA dreams, too.

Local flavor OSU loses much of their inside bulk with seniors Marshall Moses and Matt Pilgrim moving on. The Sooners lose a fan favorite and glue guy with Cade Davis out of eligibility.

MAKING THEIR ENTRANCE

Four coaches Billy Gillispie at Tech; Frank Haith at Mizzou; Billy Kennedy at A&M; Lon Kruger at OU.


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