Big 12 hoops state case as nation's best
Big 12 basketball coaches are banging the drum again for greater attention and they say they have the numbers worthy of being called the nation's best basketball conference.
So far in the non-conference season, the Big 12 has posted a 91-20 record (an .827 winning percentage). The conference is 5-1 against Top 25 competition. The 20 losses are the fewest of any conference and if the Big 12 can finish the non-conference slate with an .800 winning percentage it will do so for the first time.
"We’ve argued about this before with our league, we’ve got to publicize this league as a basketball league because I think we’ve always had one of the top two leagues in the country every year and sometimes we get overlooked," Texas Tech coach Pat Knight said. "We should be sitting there on Selection Sunday worried if we’re going to get six teams in. We should always get six teams in and maybe a seventh like a year we’re having this year."
Already, No. 2 Texas has wins over Iowa, Pittsburgh and USC, with consecutive games upcoming against last year's two national finalists in No. 11 North Carolina (1 p.m., Saturday at Cowboys Stadium) and No. 12 Michigan State. No. 1 Kansas won at UCLA. No. 23 Texas Techdumped ranked Washington, Texas A&M has defeated Clemson and Minnesota. Baylor beat Xavier and Arizona State. Oklahoma beat Arkansas and Arizona.
"I think you can really argue that this is the best league in the country and we should be sitting on Selection Sunday hopefully looking at six or seven teams, because last year everybody was so enamored with the Big East, they should get 10 teams in," Knight said. "I think they’ve got to start focusing more on our league and the better we do in the preseason, each team -- it’s probably the only time we root for each other actually because when the Big 12 starts you want guys to lose so you can finish well -- but right now as a league I think we’re pretty united because we just want to do well and prove that we are one of the best basketball leagues out there."
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Kirk Herbstreit joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss Bob Stoops' recent comments about the SEC and the pending college football playoff, what appears to be an unpredictable Big 12 in 2013, how the Aggies will handle expectations and more.
Play Podcast Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin talks about the improvements being made to Kyle Field, what those improvements will to for the program, the success of last year, Johnny Manziel's offseason and the expectations for the Aggies in 2013.
Play Podcast Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo talk about Texas A&M's decision to expand its stadium and say although the Aggies had a fantastic year, the school must also be careful not to overextend its resources based on a single hot stretch.
Play Podcast Baylor head coach Art Briles joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss what kind of player the Cowboys are getting in Terrance Williams.
Play Podcast Arlington and Texas A&M product Luke Joeckel, the potential No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Richard Durrett to discuss the draft, coaches and advice from his dad.
Play Podcast Florida Gulf Coast athletic director Ken Kavanagh joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss his school's Cinderella story and playing in the Sweet 16 at Cowboys Stadium.
Play Podcast Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby joins Fizsimmons & Durrett to discuss Cowboys Stadium as a venue, the state of Big 12 basketball, the new 2014 college football format, why there's no hurry to have a Big 12 football championship and much more.
Play Podcast Jay Bilas joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the remaining 16 teams in the NCAA tournament, the intrigue surrounding the Northwest Region and the excitement over FGCU, even though a similar story happens every year.