Welcome to the Big 12 BasketBlog! Let me give a little background as to the reason for this blog. I am a huge college basketball fan, and over the last couple years, I’ve done some light writing and tweeting about the sport. I’ve contemplated going all-in and blogging about it, but that’s a big endeavor! There are 351 D-1 teams; there are 75 teams just in the Big Six basketball conferences. I came to the realization this past season that there was one conference I wanted to focus on in particular. If you haven’t realized it yet, that’s the Big 12 (I really hope you had already realized it; otherwise, you may be lost here).
The Big 12 is my favorite conference to watch. I understand the ACC or the Big Ten or the Big East may be more popular, but I legitimately think the Big 12 is the most enjoyable brand of basketball to watch in the country. It has been the best conference in the country for the last 4 seasons according to KenPom. There is a perfect balance of upperclassmen to incoming star freshmen and transfers. There are conflicting styles of play. Just last season, you could watch Iowa State play Oklahoma State in an all-out spread offense juggernaut followed by West Virginia play Baylor in a defensive struggle where both team crash the offensive glass with reckless abandonment.
There are tremendous coaches in this conference. You’ve got the legends in Bill Self, Bill Huggins, and Lon Kruger, the successful, proven guys in Jamie Dixon and Scott Drew, and there’s the young up-and-comers in Shaka Smart and Steve Prohm. And perhaps the most intriguing thing about the league is the gigantic elephant in the room that I’ve yet to mention, Kansas’s regular season conference title streak. Kansas has now won 13 straight regular season league titles. Every year, there is the question if this will be the year the streak finally ends. That provides so much intrigue and extra appeal heading into each season.
That’s why I’m running this blog. I live in Big 12 country, and I love Big 12 basketball. I think it deserves more of a national spotlight. I’m going to do my best here to do that and to write about the league as much as humanly possible.