February 12, 2008

Big 12 midseason report card

So far, the only thing that has gone to plan in the Big 12 conference is Kansas sitting on top at 8-1. The Jayhawks have been one of the most consistent teams in the nation, and are still one of the favorites to be in San Antonio for the Final Four. The rest of the league, however, has been shaken up through the first half of the conference season.

Heading into Big 12 play, Texas A&M looked like the one team that could unseat Kansas at the top of the standings with an impressive 15-1 non-conference record, but a 1-3 start in the Big 12 knocked them from the rung of a NCAA tournament lock. The Aggies have hit back with authority as they have won five consecutive games including three on the road to get back into the hunt as one of the nation's hottest teams.

Texas had an impressive non-conference slate that ended poorly with a string of losses, but they have navigated the first half of the Big 12 fairly easily with losses only at A&M and Missouri. The second half of the schedule is much tougher for the Longhorns.

Kansas State and Baylor have been the two surprises thus far. Both are in great position for NCAA tournament bids while K-State is knocking on the door of a Big 12 championship.

Below is how the Big 12 is shaping up now that half of the conference season has been played:

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