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Big 12 basketball notebook: Lon Kruger knows a good point guard when he sees one

The Oklahoma coach says Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart is one of the best players in the country.
By Stephanie Kuzydym Published: February 18, 2013

Texas guard Myck Kabongo, who served a 23-game suspension for accepting impermissible benefits,  played his first week on conference play last week.

In his first two games back, an overtime win against Iowa State and a loss to Kansas, Kabongo scored 13 points each night. He's being looked at as a lift for a struggling Longhorns team. TCU coach Trent Johnson commented on the biggest difference with Kabongo back on the court.

 “Transition,” Johnson said. “He creates so many opportunities for his teammates. He makes everybody better. Also him and (Javan) Felix. You've got two point guards on the floor. (Kabongo)'s a pro. The biggest difference is in transition.”


Kansas coach Bill Self on if the renovation of Oklahoma State's Gallagher-Iba Arena is too big: “I don't think so. Whoever designed that, kudos because you did not compromise one of the most historic places to play in. You didn't change it.”


Ten of the league's top 20 scorers and 11 of the top 20 rebounders are freshman, sophomores or newcomers to their respective team.

Two games separate the top six teams in the Big 12 Conference.

Of the latest RPI, the Big 12 has four teams in the top 23 and six in the top 54. Oklahoma, Kansas and Baylor also rank among the top 25 nationally in strength of schedule.