BIG 12 (5-7 teams)
Although the RPI will say otherwise, it is hard not to think the Big 12 is the best conference in America. Two teams will get serious looks as a No. 1 seed while Kansas will be among the favorites. Where things get interesting is in the middle where two bubble teams will have an anxious wait on Selection Sunday.
Oklahoma (20-5, 11-3)
Key Players: G Hollis Price, G Ebi Ere, F Kevin Bookout
Good wins: Michigan State, UConn, Kansas, Oklahoma State
Good losses: Alabama, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Texas, Missouri
Bad losses: none
The Sooners have played an amazing schedule and have been rewarded with the highest RPI rating. A good showing in the Big 12 Tournament should lock up a top seed.
Texas (20-5, 11-3)
RPI: #3 Key Players: G TJ Ford, F Brandon Mouton
Good wins: Georigia, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma
Good losses: Notre Dame, Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma State
Bad loses: Colorado
Texas, like the Sooners is still playing for a top seed in the NCAA Tournament. TJ Ford can take this team a long way come March.
Kansas (22-6, 12-2)
RPI: #8 Key Players: C Nick Collison, G Kirk Hinrich
Good wins: Cal, Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma State
Good losses: Florida, Oregon, Arizona, Oklahoma
Bad losses: North Carolina, Colorado
Kansas will really miss Wayne Simien in the NCAA Tournament. Despite a slow start, the Jayhawks managed to win the Big 12 regular season title.
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Oklahoma State (20-7, 9-5)
Key Players: G Victor Williams, G Tony Allen
Good wins: Michigan State, Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas Tech, Texas
Good losses: Texas, Cincy, Oklahoma
Bad losses: College of Charleston, Baylor
Eddie Sutton continues to get it done in Stillwater. The Cowboys fly under the radar all season and are once again a team no one wants in their bracket.
Missouri (18-7, 9-6)
Key Players: G Ricky Paulding, C Arthur Johnson
Good wins: Memphis, Oklahoma
Good losses: Illinois, Syracuse, Oklahoma State, Texas, Kansas
Bad losses: Texas A&M, Colorado, Iowa State
Missouri is a team that has built up a good RPI by losing to good teams. They lack a number of good wins and have dropped a handful of games they shouldn't have.
Texas Tech (16-10, 6-9)
Key Players: G Andre Emmett, F Kasib Powell
Good wins: Minnesota, Oklahoma State
Good losses: Wyoming, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Texas, Kansas
Bad losses: Kansas State, Texas A&M
Texas Tech is probably on the outside looking in unless they pick up a couple of quality wins. Honestly, if the Red Raiders did not have Bobby Knight at the helm, no one would give them much of a second look.
Colorado (17-10, 7-7)
RPI: # 47
Key Players: G Michael Morandois, C David Harrison
Good wins: Georgia, Kansas, Texas, Missouri
Good losses: Oklahoma, Kansas
Bad losses: New Mexico State, Rice, Nebraska, Iowa State
The Buffs have a ton of good wins, but then lose games to the likes of Rice. They are right there on the bubble and a good finish could put them in. Not much margin for error.
BIG SKY (1-2)
Weber State is the class a league that traditionally gets just one seed. That could change if the Wildcats were to fall in the finals of the conference tournament. They are a longshot for an at-large, but warrant discussion.
Weber State (24-5, 15-0)
Key Players: G Jermain Boyette, F Slobodan Ockoljic
Good wins: UCSB, Nevada, BYU Good losses: Utah, Bad losses: Alaska-Fairbanks, North Texas, UT Chattanooga This is a team that has not lost since early January. They have not played a whole lot of quality opponents, although the win over BYU is nice.
BIG SOUTH (1)
Winthrop is the only team in the league with a winning record (20-9, 11-3). Whoever wins the league is looking at a 16 seed more than likely.