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Big 12 Not Best?

After OKC Dave wondered if this year’s Big 12 was one of the best conferences ever, Berry Tramel said it’s not even the best this year.

The ACC has more really good teams than does the Big 12. And the ACC doesn’t appear to have multiple bad teams – only 9-16 Boston College has a losing record, while both OU (8-15) and Texas (10-14) have losing records.

So there’s no argument with the ACC as the nation’s best toughest basketball conference this season. But the Big 12 is No. 2. [NewsOK]

The only thing holding the Big 12 back for me is that there is not an elite (or two elite) teams. There’s not an iconic star or team in this year’s league which I think matters when you’re talking best leagues.

Underrated Big Easy 12 D

This on the underrated Big 12 defenses is awesome.

In the NBA if there were stricter divisions with less cross-divisional play, and only one of the divisions was engaging in the modern art of spreading the floor with three point shooters and running pick’n’roll, then that division’s defenses would rank comparatively low against the rest of the league. But as we’ve seen over this decade, spread pick’n’roll is the most efficient way to run offense and if you face it, you’re going to give up more points. Three is one more than two, after all, and players have become increasingly more skilled at exploiting that mathematical advantage. [Football Study Hall]

I think we can go too far the other way and think Big 12 defenses are actually better than they are. No 5-star recruits this season for this conference is going to hurt that theory. But there is a middle ground, and I think Ian has found it.

Those WRs!

Jake Trotter ranks OSU’s wide receiving group No. 1 in the Big 12.

The Cowboys might not just boast the best receiving corps in the Big 12, they might boast the best one in the country. James Washington will be a favorite to capture the Biletnikoff Award after posting back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons. Slot man Jalen McCleskey had 73 receptions last year, the most of any returning Big 12 receiver. The Cowboys also welcome back Marcell Ateman, who had a breakout 2015 campaign before missing all of last season with a foot injury. LSU transfer Tyron Johnson, a former ESPN 300 prospect, and incoming freshman Tylan Wallace, also an ESPN 300 signee, join a rotation that is absolutely loaded. [ESPN]

I concur.

Trae Young has 62

Sixty. Two.

It was a night to remember for Young. “It felt great,” Young told MaxPreps. “I had a great feel early on in the game and I just stayed in a zone. It was probably the best game of my high school career. I was also given an award before the game for surpassing 2,500 points in my career, but scoring 62 points was special.”

Regarded as the No. 18 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, Young unofficially leads the country at over 43 points per game. [Max Preps]

Insane. And a new Oklahoma state record.

OSU and NCAA Notes

I hope Bill Snyder is OK … On that famous VCU-SFA game from three years ago … Might have ourselves a little Travis Ford situation up in Columbus … OSU rolled Wyoming on Friday night.

This is your new offensive line coach.

Great look at an empty BPS here.

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