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Dean Blevin's Big 12 Analysis

Kansas (25-6, 14-2)

AP Ranking:   9 / Conference ranking: 1

Bill Self’s Jayhawks came from off-radar to win the regular season title and rely on deluxe guard Sherrod Collins to run the show. KU has size, defense and discipline to win their fourth-straight tournament title.

Oklahoma (27-4, 13-3)

AP Ranking:   4 / Conference ranking: 2

Playing with the strengths of hosting the tourney in their backyard, boasting the best individual player in the tournament in Blake Griffin and the best overall talent, the money line says they are the favorite. But Patillo is hurt and the late-season stumble still looms meaning teams don’t stand in awe of stellar coach Jeff Capel’s club.

Missouri (25-6, 12-4)

AP Ranking: 12 / Conference ranking: 3

Jekyll and Hyde of Mike Anderson could win tourney if convinced playing in OKC is not a road game. A sizzling record of 18-0 at home but shaky 7-6 away from Columbia will be a challenge.

Kansas State (21-10, 9-7)

Conference ranking: 4

Young Wildcats win tiebreaker with A/M, UT and OSU, but Frank Martin’s team needs at least two wins, which must be over UT and KU to make NCAA’s.

Texas (23-8, 9-7)

Conference ranking: 5

It was a disappointing season for Rick Barnes who utilized streaky shooter AJ Abrams in their win over OU, but later had too many games where they simply couldn’t put the biscuit in the basket.

Texas A&M (20-10, 9-7)

Conference ranking: 6

The regular season finale romp over 24-6 Missouri proves this team is good and is serious about an NCAA bid. Coach Mark Turgeon was livid with Big 12 over scheduling and with NCAA, claiming Aggies body of work should have put them in.

Oklahoma State (20-10, 9-7)

Conference ranking: 7

Losing all tie breakers, dropping from the four seed to the seven seed may not look good in the newspaper, but Travis Ford probably likes how things turned out as his team is playing as a first-round win over ISU should ensure an NCAA bid.

Nebraska (18-11, 8-8)

Conference ranking: 8

Nebraska fans may expect nothing less than a spot in the championship game, but it’s highly unlikely as the typical scrappy but out manned basketball squadron takes to the court in Oklahoma City.

Baylor (17-13, 5-11)

Conference ranking: 9

The opening game is a repeat of final regular season close loss to Nebraska. Jerrells will be counted on to lead a talented Bears team that has under-achieved and been hard to figure.

Iowa State (15-16, 4-12)

Conference ranking: 10

They open with surging Pokes and unless they play over their heads, it will be one and done. They’ll travel a faithful contingent for the men and women’s teams and beat Tech in the finale, but also finished under .500 with only 4 conference wins.

Texas Tech (13-18, 3-13)

Conference ranking: 11

The departure of Bobby Knight has a lot of people pulling for Tech and his son. This bunch is overmatched by most of the league and will have to shoot three’s the way they did down the stretch with upsets, as they take on favored A/M in play-in game.

Colorado (9-21, 1-15)

Conference ranking: 12

Colorado has slim chances while visiting Oklahoma City. The Buffs will likely be bumped out in the second game of the tourney.


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Dean Blevins, NEWS 9 Sports Director, breaks down the teams that will face off in the 2009 Big 12 Conference Tournament.

Dean Blevins' Big 12 Breakdown

Dean Blevins' Big 12 Breakdown
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