If there's one thing to take from the early going of this college basketball season it's that the Big 12 may surprise some people this year and for once, it's for the good. The early returns seem to indicate that the league could be reverting back to some of the great years it enjoyed throughout most of the last decade.
Iowa State sits atop the conference, as the only team who has yet to lose, including a dramatic home win over Michigan. Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Baylor, Texas and Kansas all have one loss. The Jayhawks lone loss came to a solid Villanova team at the Battle For Atlantis tournament over Thanksgiving weekend. While, that disappoints KU coach Bill Self, the success of the league has him excited.
"Iowa State to me has been the surprise team in the league," Self said. "They've been good, real good and Oklahoma State is terrific and Baylor is obviously off the a great start without question. Oklahoma is off to a good start."
The conference's good start will impress critics nationally, but also help to bolster the strength of everyone else within the league, as well make for some great games by the time league play arrives.
"You look at the surprises across the country and you can make the case for the Big 12 being one of the most pleasant surprises," Self said. "I even heard Jay Bilas say by the end of the season I don't know if you'll find a better top four teams that what we have in our league."