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Mike Boynton Says All Big 12 Teams Can Make NCAAs

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Oklahoma State is 9-7 overall and 1-3 in Big 12 play and coach Mike Boynton Jr. is already stumping for an NCAA Tournament bid.

But not just for his team, mind you. The ENTIRE Big 12.

He says that unless there’s a rule against it, all Big 12 teams should be considered if they’re among the Top 68 teams in the country.


“I think it’s important that the conversation is started as early as possible, because there’s this notion that you can’t have the whole league make it to the tournament,” Boynton told The Oklahoman. “And until somebody shows me that there’s a rule against it, then I think we need to stop saying that, because people start believing what they hear in that regard.”

There’s no rule against it, of course. And most consider the Big 12 to be the best conference in college basketball.

So, why not 10 Big 12 teams?

If you look at ESPN’s Bracketology, nine of the league’s 10 teams are in the field — and that includes Oklahoma State. In fact, the Cowboys and the Oklahoma Sooners were the last two teams in the field in Joe Lunardi’s Tuesday projection. And the Big 12 has had nine teams in the field for seven weeks.

The only team that is not in the field is Texas Tech, and the Red Raiders, while 0-4 in league action, had a better non-conference record than the Cowboys entering Big 12 action.

West Virginia, which is 0-4 in league action, is in the field as a No. 9 seed.

NCAA NET ratings are one of the primary tools the NCAA Tournament committee will use to determine the 68-team field. Those ratings change every day, but nine of the league’s 10 teams are within the Top 50, with Oklahoma State (42) and Oklahoma (46) at the bottom. Texas Tech’s NET ranking is 72.

For Boynton, the bottom is a relative term in the Big 12.

“There’s no bottom of this league,” Boynton said. “If the 10 teams in our league are good enough to make it, they should make it. No one else has to go against the other nine most difficult schedules in the country for the rest of the season.”

Boynton’s point is that by other metrics the Top 10 remaining most difficult schedules in the country are all in the Big 12.


Could the Big 12 get all 10 in the Tournament? It’ll be a tough get.

But Boynton is willing to campaign for all of them.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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