Plenty of conference races received attention in season previews. The Big Ten has the trio of Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan on top, the ACC has a similar situation with Duke, North Carolina and Syracuse, and the SEC has Florida trying to beat Kentucky’s superstar freshmen.
However, the race in the Big 12 may end up being the best of all.
Kansas has won nine consecutive conference titles and has as much of a stranglehold on the league as any program has had in recent memory. With Andrew Wiggins, Perry Ellis and Wayne Selden in tow this year, many expect that streak to stretch to 10.
But don’t sleep on Oklahoma State. While the Jayhawks knocked off Duke in a thriller, the Cowboys have been completely destroying lesser competition. It’s not just the fact that Oklahoma State has beaten bad teams (a lot of programs have done that), it’s the way the scoring has been distributed.
Marcus Smart, one of the favorites for National Player of the Year, is averaging 13.7 points a night. Le’Bryan Nash is also averaging 13.7 a game, while Markel Brown is averaging 15.3, and Phil Forte is leading the way with 21 a night.
If the Cowboys get that type of production around their superstar, they could end up challenging Wiggins and company for the conference crown.
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