With Triple Crown season in full swing, it’s an ideal time to handicap a different kind of race: the pursuit of college basketball’s conference titles. Just like on the track, there are plenty of contenders to watch, but not all have the same chances of coming out on top.
One of the most exciting contests promises to be in the Big 12, where perennial front-runner Kansas has plenty of rivals next season. From frontcourt-heavy Texas to guard-rich Kansas State, there’s no shortage of contenders, but who has the best shot at coming out on top?
Herein is a projection for the favorite in each major conference, along with two other teams that could win with a little bit, or a lot, of luck. Note that there’s meant to be some separation between these categories, so that a team (for example) that just misses being the favorite is too good to qualify as the dark horse.