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Mike Boynton Believes Big 12 Will Remain Best Basketball Conference After Realignment

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Mike Boynton said he is eager to get the chance to compete with the Big 12’s future basketball programs, though it will take a few years to get there.

Boynton spoke to the Tulsa World on Thursday on a wide range of issues, including Oklahoma State’s continued wait for its NCAA appeal to be heard.

In September, the Big 12 invited BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and UCF to join the conference. BYU will join in 2023, while the other three will join in 2024. Conference realignment is certainly a moving target, and those dates could change. But the departures of Oklahoma and Texas for the Southeastern Conference, which are expected in 2025, necessitated the expansion.

 

While much of the focus has been on football, Boynton believes the four programs will enhance the conference’s basketball reputation, too.

“We’ve got more competition in a league that’s already, in my opinion, the best in the country,” Boynton told the World.

All four programs have had recent success. Houston is coming off a trip to last season’s Final Four and are coached by former Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson. Current West Virginia coach Bob Huggins rebuilt the Cincinnati program in the 1980s and 1990s, taking the Bearcats to two Final Four appearances. BYU is coming off a 20-win season that saw it finish in the final AP Top 25 poll and earn an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. UCF has a winning record under coach Johnny Dawkins and made the 2019 NCAA Tournament, winning its first-round game.

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