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It’s Time to Believe in Big XII Basketball

Mitchell Houghtlin, Contributor

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When people hear about the Big XII conference, they don’t usually associate the teams with those of other blue-blood programs such as Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, and others. However, it’s time for that viewpoint to change. The Big XII has been one of the most dominant basketball conferences in recent years and needs to be shown the respect it deserves.

To begin the season, only 3 teams from the Big XII were ranked in the AP poll. Those teams were Kansas, West Virginia, and Baylor. Now, 5 teams are ranked, adding TCU, Oklahoma, and Texas Tech with Baylor recently dropping out of the polls. The University of Texas has also received votes for the poll, along with taking previously number one team Duke into double overtime earlier in the season.

Senior Hagen Gardiner had something to say on the subject. “Though the Big XII is overlooked in football, they are very underrated in basketball,” he commented. “They’re easily one of the best conferences because of the depth of talent within each team. There is no such thing as an easy game in the Big XII.”

The strength of competition in the Big XII conference makes every game a toss up no matter what.

The media and others need to recognize the talent hidden deep within the Big XII. Until then, the fight for the rightful respect the conference deserves must continue on.

 

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