This college basketball season has left a lot of uncertainty across the league and the nation.
Who will win the Big 12 title? Which teams will get into the NCAA Tournament?
Kansas coach Bill Self said he believes this is a year that a lot of “Cinderella teams” will be part of the tournament.
“There may be three or four or fives teams that have separated themselves from the pack from the consistency standpoint, and then you've got a few teams that can beat those four or five teams if you catch them on the right day,” Self said. “It could be crazy. There will still be favorites, but there will not be major upsets in the NCAA this year.”
TCU COACH SEES NO “LONG-TERM BENEFITS” FROM BEATING KANSAS
Last Wednesday, conference cellar-dweller TCU got college basketball talking.
The Horned Frogs upset the Kansas Jayhawks, in what many called one of the worst upsets in college basketball history.
The next game, Kansas lost to Oklahoma — and TCU lost to West Virginia. TCU coach Trent Johnson was disappointed in his team's physicality against West Virginia. He also saw no “long-term benefits” from beating Kansas.
“It's about consistency and doing things the right way all the time,” Johnson said. “It's one of those games where, quite frankly, we played about as well as we can play.
“Our fans our happy, but the thing about being consistent is doing it day in and day out. We didn't do that against WVU.”
TEXAS' MYCK KABONGO RETURNS TO LINEUP
Texas sophomore guard Myck Kabongo has served his 23-game suspension for receiving impermissible benefits and then giving a false statement to the NCAA.
His first game back will be Wednesday, when the Longhorns host Iowa State.
Kabongo's original punishment was supposed to be a season-long suspension, but the NCAA's committee on athlete reinstatement listened to an appeal by Texas and reduced Kabongo's punishment. He did have to repay $475 to a charity of his choice.
“He's constantly directing, doing things,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said. “He's going to need his teammates. We've seen it, but I can say he's just been really remarkable the way he's played in. He's been the hardest worker, by far, every single day. We're happy for him that he gets a shot now and gets to come back. I don't know a way that he's not going to help us.”
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins on what has changed in the Mountaineers' last three games: “Yeah, we finally made some shots. I think we've shot at least two of the last three games over 50 percent. I don't think we did against Texas, but it was like 48. I think for us, when we make shots, then we give ourselves a chance.”
The top six teams in the conference are separated by two games.
Oklahoma ranks among the top 20 nationally in its strength of schedule along with Kansas and Baylor. Four Big 12 teams rank in the top 26 and six in the top 54 in the latest RPI.
Before Monday night's games, every Big 12 team was holding its opponent to 70.4 points per game or less. While four teams are holding opponents to less than 60.5 points.