Big 12 basketball tournament: K-State's Bruce Weber says league lacking respect

The Big 12 frequently gets mentioned as one of — if not the — best basketball conference in the country. But Weber said there’s still a perception problem with the league.
Oklahoman Published: March 13, 2014
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The Big 12 frequently gets mentioned as one of – if not the – best basketball conference in the country.

And most projections have the league getting at least seven teams into the NCAA Tournament.

Still, Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said there’s still a perception problem with the league, seen in the two Top 25 polls that show but three Big 12 teams and champion Kansas the highest at No. 10.

“I don’t think nationwide, people appreciate how good our league is,” Weber said after losing 91-85 to Iowa State on Thursday. “And I thought it was a little disrespectful of the polls. We just keep beating each other.

“You know, Iowa lost six of seven and stayed in the polls. It didn’t make a lot of sense to me.”

Weber said there is one way for the Big 12 to rectify the respect issue: win in the NCAA Tournament.

“The only way you can back it up is go in the tournament and do something,” he said. “I feel good about our group. I feel good about our league.”

SO LONG, BIG 12 NETWORK

The Texas-West Virginia game was the final Big 12 Network broadcast. Starting next season, all Big 12 games are the property of ESPN and its array of channels.

To honor the Big 12 Network and its predecessors of distribution, the Big 12 acknowledged the broadcasters present at the game: Dave Armstrong, Reid Gettys, Doug Bell and former OSU Cowboy Bryndon Manzer.

KU’S WIGGINS HAD SOLID ADVICE

Andrew Wiggins might be a freshman, but he’s been a most publicized freshman on a grand scale dating back to the preseason.

And he’s proven to have game.

Still, it helps to have a big brother to school you on what to expect, particularly in March. And Wiggins has that, with brother Nick Wiggins a senior at Wichita State.

“I talked to my brother about it a lot,” Andrew said. “From his experience last year, he just said, ‘You wouldn’t believe how amazing it is if you are not there to witness it.’


by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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