Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
The Big 12 is starting to resemble a mystery. It is clear that the talent level is there for a number of teams, but it isn’t quite translating on the court just yet.
To say Texas struggled mightily in the Maui Invitational would be an enormous understatement. Who had the Longhorns falling to Chaminade? Anyone? Bueller?
To make matters worse, Baylor, a team many thought would/will challenge Kansas for the conference crown, went ahead and lost to the College of Charleston this week. That gives the Bears two losses already.
Kansas State has looked better at times, but the Wildcats were simply outmatched against Michigan. Their in-state counterpart Kansas is definitely still the class of the league and bounced back nicely this week with a couple of wins.
Texas Tech is undefeated, but the Raiders may as well be playing high school teams so far.
That leaves Oklahoma State, which is the one team in this conference that has played above expectations in the early going. Marcus Smart and the Cowboys stretched their record to 5-0 this week.
Depending on how the next few weeks play out, the Big 12 could be anywhere from third to seventh on this list. For now let’s put it at five.