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The mess that is the Big 12

Don't worry Big 12 fans. When we say mess we mean it in a good way.

But seriously, who’s No.2 after Kansas? For that matter, who’s third, fourth and fifth?

It’s anyone’s guess who comes after Kansas with its 7-0 conference mark. Six teams have at least four wins in the conference. Texas, which was the No.1 team in the country for a hot New York minute, is 5-2, followed by Texas A&M (5-3), Kansas State (5-3), Missouri (4-3), Baylor (4-3) and Oklahoma State (4-4). Oklahoma is 3-4, while Iowa State sits at 2-5 in the conference.

Why is this important? Ask the NCAA Tournament selection committee. The Big 12 is going to continue to beat itself up for the remainder of the regular season and in the conference tourney. That means choosing at-large teams and seeding them is going to be a nightmare for the selection committee.  

Odds are no team (not including Kansas) is going do anything to run away from the pack over the next few weeks. There will be a slew of teams with 10-6, 9-7 and 8-8 records vying for a spot in the big dance. The question is how many make the tourney? The way the schedule breaks as many as eight teams (not including Kansas) could make a case for being invited.

Even the 16-team Big East has a clearer picture than the Big 12. Sure, 10 Big East teams have records between 6-4 and 3-6, but college basketball fans and experts know where the cutoff is in the Big East.

Villanova, Syracuse, West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Georgetown are a cut above the rest of the conference. When it is time for the committee to go behind closed doors, the only debate over the Big East will be which other three teams to vote in. Cincinnati, Louisville, Notre Dame, South Florida and Marquette will fight for those three spots.

When you really thing about it, deciding on three teams out of five isn’t that difficult.    

The Big 12? Not so easy. After Kansas, Texas, Kansas State and probably Texas A&M, it is a complete jumble.

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