With all eyes on the Big East and ACC conferences in college
basketball this season, the Big 12 has taken somewhat of backseat
and flown relatively under the radar despite having some of the top
teams in the country in their conference.
Although everyone seems to be talking about UConn, Pittsburgh or
North Carolina in terms of National title hopes, the Big 12 has some
pretty good contenders in their conference with Oklahoma, Missouri
and the defending champion Kansas Jayhawks.
The Oklahoma Sooners have been the team that looks most likely to do
something out of the Big 12 conference, but after their superstar
forward Blake Griffin went down with a concussion a few games ago
things are really starting to look different in the Big 12.
As of right now the Kansas Jayhawks are on top of the Big 12 after
taking down Oklahoma who is now the number three team in the country
in the Top 25 polls. The Jayhawks may have five losses on the
season, including one to Missouri recently, but they have only lost
one game in conference play which could result in a Big 12 title.
The one team standing in the way of the Jayhawks run at a Big 12
title, besides Oklahoma, is the eighth ranked Missouri Tigers. Like
I said before, the Tigers are the only team in the Big 12 to
actually beat the Jayhawks this season which will give them a much
needed edge in their upcoming match up.
Kansas will be coming into this game with all the confidence in the
world after beating the Oklahoma Sooners and winning four in a row,
but if any team in the Big 12 can take down the Jayhawks it is the
When these two teams met back on February 9th it was one hell of
battle with the Tigers rallying back from behind in the second half
to lead Missouri to a two point victory past Kansas which resulted
in some national attention for a good Tigers team. The Jayhawks came
out strong in the first half, but they just couldnít hold off the
Tigers who seemed destine to take down their conference rival.
This match up will be different this time around though as the
Missouri Tigers will be playing on the Jayhawks home floor in Kansas
where they havenít lost a game all season with perfect 16-0 record.
Both of these teams have come on strong as of late with Kansas on a
four game winning streak and the Tigers winners of seven straight.
This should be a very close game once again, but I really donít see
the Jayhawks losing to their conference rivals on their home floor.
It will be close and we could be in for another great finish, but
Kansas will not want to give up their lead in the Big 12 standings
and will be looking to prove that they are the best team in the Big
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