There is just over a week left until conference tournament play begins. One of the most riveting conference tournaments this year is in the Big 12. They are loaded from top to bottom so lets take a closer look at the contenders for their tournament.
Bill Self’s squad is playing great basketball at the moment and is looking to carry that momentum into the conference tournament. After winning their 14th straight Big 12 regular season title the Jayhawks are the team to beat this year. Senior guard Devonte’ Graham is averaging about 18 PPG and has been playing great ball down the stretch of games. This team will be hard to beat, and with a one seed in sight for the NCAA Tournament, look for these guys to pull out all the stops to run through the Big 12. Read Full Article Here!
With the season six grueling months away let’s take an extremely early look at teams poised to make a run at the playoff that may not be receiving enough national attention.
West Virginia Mountaineers
A healthy Will Grier will be ready to go come opening day, and he should be a favorite to earn All-American honors. In his first season at WVU Grier threw for 3,490 yards, 34 touchdowns, and just 11 interceptions. The Mountaineers have a deadly three headed monster in the backfield in Kennedy McCoy, who rushed for nearly 600 yards as the number two back last year, Martell Pettaway, and Tevin Smith. These backs should help carry the load offensively. The Mountaineers also have returning deadly receiver threat David Sills and will add Alabama transfer T.J. Simmons. Look for defenses to have a tough time stopping the high-powered WVU offense that will be able to torch teams both on the ground and through the air. WVU has an iffy defense that will be interesting to watch this year, but they do have a chunk of their top defensive performers returning. WVU will be battle tested by the end of the season as they have to play Tennessee to open the season, and navigate an ever improving Big 12 slate. If this defense can improve from last year fully expect them to push Oklahoma for the Big 12 title, and maybe a playoff spot. Read Full Article Here!