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Look: Nine Big 12 Basketball Teams in KenPom Top 30

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The Big 12 Conference is dominating the college basketball landscape at a level that we rarely see in any sport, and the metrics are backing that up.

The Big 12 has eight teams in the latest AP Top 25 Poll and a ninth team (Texas) receiving votes. That’s the most of any conference.

The latest update on ESPN’s Bracketology has nine teams in the NCAA Tournament with another pair of teams on the bubble. Again, that is more than any other conference.

 

The NET rankings, which play a major role in awarding NCAA Tournament bids, have 10 Big 12 teams ranked in its Top 50, and five of its Top 18 teams. The Big Ten and SEC each have just four teams inside the Top 30; That’s how good the Big 12 has been.

Now, after another slate of midweek action on Tuesday night, the Big 12 also dominates the latest edition of the KenPom Ratings.

The Big 12 has nine teams inside the Top 30 of the latest KenPom Ratings, and 10 teams inside the Top 35:

1. Houston (19-2)
10. BYU (15-5)
13. Iowa St. (16-4)
15. Kansas (17-4)
18. Baylor (14-5)
22. Oklahoma (16-5)
23. TCU (16-5)
27. Texas Tech (16-4)
29. Cincinnati (14-6)
35. Texas (14-7)
71. UCF (12-7)
75. Kansas St. (14-7)
129. Oklahoma St. (9-12)
135. West Virginia (7-13)

 

That is next-level depth. With 11 teams right in the thick of the race for a Big 12 bid and the conference race heating up, every game has become must-see TV.

How close is the race? The difference between Houston (1st place) and UCF (11th place) in the Big 12 standings is just 2.5 games.

It hasn’t been a secret for a while now, but Big 12 basketball is just different, and that’s just going to continue when the conference adds Arizona (No. 4 KenPom), Arizona State (No. 113), Colorado (No. 26), and Utah (No. 40) next season.

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