Dickie V's preseason Big 12 predictions

November, 5, 2010
11/05/10
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With college basketball season fast approaching, ESPN has unleashed Dick Vitale and let him make his conference-by-conference predictions. Here is how Dickie V sees the Big 12 shaking down:
PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1. Kansas State
2. Texas
3. Baylor
4. Missouri
5. Kansas
6. Texas A&M
7. Oklahoma State
8. Texas Tech
9. Colorado
10. Oklahoma
11. Nebraska
12. Iowa State

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jacob Pullen, Kansas State

DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Cory Joseph, Texas

COMMENTS: Kansas State is a legitimate Final Four contender with Jacob Pullen, but the loss of point guard Denis Clemente will be a factor. The Wildcats also still have Curtis Kelly, who will be a positive force on the baseline. Texas coach Rick Barnes has a lot of young talent. Cory Joseph will have the ball in his hands while running the offense. Tristan Thompson will have an immediate impact, too. Jordan Hamilton must step up and live up to his potential. If Josh Selby is eligible, Kansas will be higher than this ranking. Baylor's prediction is based on the return of LaceDarius Dunn. Missouri, with Kim English, will also be tough.

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