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Big 12 Tournament 2019
Big 12 basketball is in an unfamiliar state heading into its conference tournament, as Kansas is not favored to come out on top in Kansas City, Missouri.
Regular-season co-champions Kansas State and Texas Tech are the favorites to take the title Saturday night at Sprint Center.
Of course, Bill Self’s Jayhawks will try to have a say in which program leaves with the conference-tournament crown, but they aren’t the only underdogs looking to make a splash over the next few days.
Starting with TCU in the tournament opener Wednesday, there are a few Big 12 teams who will be playing with the extra motivation of securing their spots in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament by the time they leave Kansas City.
Opening odds to win the Big 12 Conference Tournament:
Texas Tech +140
Kansas State +350
Iowa State +600
West Virginia/Oklahoma State +10000
All Times ET.
Wednesday, March 13
No. 8 TCU vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State (7 p.m., ESPNU)
No. 7 Oklahoma vs. No. 10 West Virginia (9 p.m., ESPNU)
Thursday, March 14
No. 4 Baylor vs. No. 5 Iowa State (12:30 p.m., ESPN2)
No. 1 Kansas State vs. TCU/Oklahoma State winner (2:30 p.m., ESPN2)
No. 2 Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma/West Virginia winner (7 p.m., ESPN2)
No. 3 Kansas vs. No. 6 Texas (9 p.m., ESPN2)
Friday, March 15
Semifinal No. 1 (7 p.m., ESPN2)
Semifinal No. 2 (9:30 p.m., ESPN2)
Saturday, March 16
Championship (6 p.m., ESPN)
Results Lead to 6 NCAA Tournament Teams From Big 12
It’s safe to assume five teams are locked into the field of 68 from the Big 12, but there could be as many eight programs chosen by the selection committee to participate in the NCAA tournament.
Kansas State, Texas Tech, Kansas, Baylor and Iowa State are all safe and playing to better their respective seeds in the Big Dance.
After that, it gets a bit messy, as there are mixed opinions on Texas, TCU and Oklahoma, who are the three other programs with realistic chances of qualifying for March Madness.
Before they take on much more difficult tasks in the quarterfinals, TCU and Oklahoma have to avoid bad losses in Wednesday’s first round, and given how poorly Oklahoma State and West Virginia have played, the Horned Frogs and Sooners should be able to cruise into Thursday’s set of games.
Both TCU and Oklahoma are in safe spots in the latest bracket projection from CBSSports.com’s Jerry Palm, but ESPN.com’s Joe Lunardi has the Horned Frogs as his third-to-last team into the field of 68.
By winning Wednesday’s openers, the Horned Frogs and Sooners will give themselves the opportunity to earn another quality win over the top two seeds in the tournament.
If TCU knocks off Kansas State, Jamie Dixon’s team should move up in the bracket projections, while a loss would leave it waiting until Selection Sunday to learn its fate.
As for Oklahoma, it is a bit safer than TCU, but given how chaotic the bubble can get during Championship Week, it won’t want to risk losing to Texas Tech for the third time this season.
And then there’s Texas, which has the unenviable task of taking on a motivated Kansas team in the quarterfinals.
According to Lunardi, the Longhorns are one of the last four teams earning byes into the round of 64, while Palm doesn’t have Shaka Smart’s team in his latest projection.
Texas is more likely to knock off an inconsistent Kansas team and earn a spot in the Big 12 semifinals than TCU or Oklahoma is to upset one of the top two teams.
Although the three teams in need of wins will put up strong fights, they won’t be able to produce upsets, and due to the fluidity of the bubble, TCU and Texas fail to qualify for the field of 68, while Oklahoma barely sneaks in.
Kansas Earns Chance to Bring Home Hardware
Kansas is always under a microscope when it reaches the national stage, but it will receive extra attention after failing to extend its 14-year regular-season title streak.
The Jayhawks have been one of the most up-and-down teams in the nation, but they have a chance to turn things around in Kansas City and head into the NCAA tournament with plenty of momentum.
After beating Texas in the quarterfinals, the Jayhawks play tough against a Texas Tech team they split the regular-season series with.
Containing the Red Raiders’ talented collection of scorers, led by Jarrett Culver, is going to be difficult, but Self will draw up a defensive game plan to frustrate Chris Beard’s players.
Dedric Lawson will be one of the keys to success down low for the Jayhawks, as he continues his strong scoring season, but it’ll be the Kansas guards who end up as the X-factors.
Devon Dotson, Ochai Agbaji and Quentin Grimes need to take a step up in their respective games for Kansas to play at a championship level, and with almost a week off to prepare for the trip to Kansas City, they’ll come out with an extra boost.
Dotson and Agbaji achieved success versus Texas Tech in the February 2 win at Allen Fieldhouse in which the duo combined for 30 points.
If Lawson, Dotson and Agbaji are able to score on a consistent basis in the semifinals, the Jayhawks will land a potential third rivalry clash with Kansas State.
In the championship, all of the pressure will be on the top-seeded Wildcats to win, and with Kansas embracing the underdog mentality, it’ll give Bruce Weber’s team one of its toughest tests of the season.
Preview: Texas vs. Oklahoma
Lincoln Riley’s dynamic offense at Oklahoma has consistently been explosive enough this season to make up for one of the worst defenses in the country, but Texas knows all about the one time it wasn’t. The fifth-ranked Sooners hope to avenge their only loss of the season and impress the College Football Playoff committee enough to move up from the No. 5 spot in the CFP rankings when they meet No. 9 Texas on Saturday in the Big 12 Championship Game at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
Oklahoma, which leads FBS in scoring (50.3 points) and total offense (583.8 yards), finished the regular season on a six-game winning streak despite surrendering 47.3 points per game in its last four contests – and at least 40 points in each contest – by averaging 53.3. The Sooners have failed to score at least 48 points in only three games, the last of which came on Oct. 6 when Oklahoma needed less than six minutes in the fourth quarter to erase a 21-point deficit before the Longhorns got a game-winning 40-yard field goal from freshman Cameron Dicker as time expired for a 48-45 victory. Texas has been living on the edge for most of the season, playing all but one of its last eight opponents within one score and winning six of them. The Longhorns are making their sixth Big 12 Championship appearance and first since 2009, while the Sooners are seeking their fourth consecutive conference crown and a ninth championship win in 18 league title games.
TV: Noon ET, ABC. LINE: Oklahoma -8
ABOUT TEXAS (9-3): Sam Ehlinger, who produced 386 yards of total offense and five total touchdowns in the first meeting, is responsible for the two highest total offense outputs by a Longhorn quarterback in the 113-game history of this rivalry (388 last season) but has been playing through a shoulder injury since Oct. 13. Lil’Jordan Humphrey (72 catches, 1,058 receiving yards and eight TDs) and Collin Johnson (57, 768, six) are one of only 14 duos in FBS with at least 55 catches, and Humphrey is only the fifth player in school history with at least 1,000 yards and eight receiving TDs in a season. Dicker’s 34-yard field goal against the Jayhawks tied him with Dusty Magnum (16; 2001) for the most made field goals ever by a Texas freshman.
ABOUT OKLAHOMA (11-1): Heisman Trophy candidate Kyler Murray is the first player in FBS history to average at least 300 passing yards (306.2) and 60 rushing yards (71.1) for an entire regular season and leads an offense that is the first in FBS history to record at least 500 yards of total offense in nine regular-season games. With Trey Sirmon (shoulder) still limited due to injury, freshman Kennedy Brooks took over the team lead in rushing with 993 yards and boasts an FBS-best 9.6 yards per carry (minimum five rushing attempts per game). Since returning to full strength prior to the Oklahoma State victory on Nov. 10, junior receiver Marquise Brown has caught 25 passes for 450 yards and three TDs.
1. This game marks the second in-season rematch between the arch-rivals and first since 1903.
2. Oklahoma’s eight-game streak of scoring at least 45 points is tied for the longest among FBS teams since at least 1980.
3. The Longhorns, who are the only school in the Big 12 with a winning record against the Sooners (62-46-5), are 6-3 in one-possession games this season.
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Oklahoma has a few key players to replace from last year’s squad, but coach Lincoln Riley’s team is the pick to win the Big 12 this fall. The Sooners have claimed the conference title three years in a row and hold an edge over Texas, West Virginia and TCU in the 2018 Big 12 predictions. The Mountaineers will have no trouble scoring points behind quarterback Will Grier, but the defense will be key in whether or not this team contends for the conference title. After eight teams reached bowl eligibility last season, it would not be a surprise to see the conference reach that level or if nine programs hit at least six victories in 2018.
Playing with a chip on their shoulder after last year’s 1-11 finish, the Bears should be able to get off to a better start and make a run at their eighth bowl bid in nine years. But staying healthy will be the key.
Coach Matt Campbell was a year ahead of schedule in getting Iowa State back to a bowl game. The program seems poised to maintain its momentum. The Cyclones should be better in the trenches on both sides of the football, and across the board, this is a deeper and more athletic team than the one that went 8-5 a year ago. Another trip to the postseason seems likely in Ames, and finishing in the upper half of the Big 12 is possible.
KU finished just 1-11 in 2017, with its only win coming in the season opener against FCS opponent Southeast Missouri State. Coach David Beaty’s record stands at 3-33 in three seasons, with his only FBS win coming against Texas in 2016. The stakes will be high in 2018. If KU struggles to start the season, the moves could come in a hurry.
K-State coach Bill Snyder has enough returning talent and experience to remain a factor in the Big 12, but it won’t be easy with two new coordinators and uncertainty at key positions. The Wildcats started slow in each of the past two seasons before finishing strong and winning bowl games. They will need to play well from the get-go, especially with Mississippi State on the schedule, to reach higher levels this season.
In Norman, they’re used to replacing All-Americans and continuing to win big. So downgrade the Sooners with caution. Sure, the coaches would like to be more settled at quarterback. And the schedule doesn’t offer the opportunity to ease into things, with UCLA visiting in Week 2, followed by the Big 12 opener at Iowa State the following Saturday. Still, if Kyler Murray or Austin Kendall takes hold of the quarterback position, the Sooners will again have the look of a Big 12 favorite and CFB Playoff contender.
Outside the program, all focus centers on replacing QB Mason Rudolph and WR James Washington, understandably. Inside, however, there’s a quiet confidence, with 12 returning starters and plenty of playmakers on both sides of the ball.
A quarterback must emerge, but Oklahoma State coaches are excited about their options. The schedule offers two comfortable games – Missouri State and South Alabama – to get the quarterback some confidence, before Boise State arrives in Stillwater for an intriguing non-conference clash. If all goes well early, it could signal business as usual for the Cowboys.
Like always, TCU will field a good defense. But coach Gary Patterson and his staff have assembled what looks like the best offensive skill talent they’ve ever had. If the offensive line comes together, TCU will be closer to pairing an offense that can keep up with the Big 12’s best with a defense that can win games on its own. The last time that happened, in 2014 and ’15, TCU won 23 of 26 games, shared a league championship and nearly crashed the CFP.
Texas improved from five to seven wins in Tom Herman’s first season. Getting to a bowl game was a nice first step. Herman also established a culture and added some elite talent in his first full recruiting class. To challenge Oklahoma for supremacy in the Big 12, the Horns will have to show significant improvement on offense and hope that Todd Orlando’s defense doesn’t drop off too much despite key personnel losses.
Texas Tech’s defense got key stops consistently for the first time in years in 2017, but the offense often wasted away those opportunities, particularly in the red zone, where short-yardage situations and field goal tries often ended in disaster.
To take a step forward, the Red Raider offense simply has to get tougher on the ground, the quarterback — whoever wins the job — needs to be steady, the kicking game must take a huge step forward and the defense needs to stay on course. A veteran offensive line and a healthy kicker in Clayton Hatfield should help, but the quarterback’s success or failure will weigh the heaviest on this team’s season. Coach Kliff Kingsbury’s job depends on it.
WVU fans were downright giddy for the 2018 team until departures and injuries hit the Mountaineer defense in the spring. Now, there’s a wait-and-see approach while defensive coordinator Tony Gibson tries to patch the holes.
With Will Grier and perhaps the nation’s best receiving corps, WVU will score. The only question is whether they’ll have to score 50 per game to cover for the defense.
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NCAA Football 2017 Season
Big 12 Conference Preview
The race to win the Big 12 in 2017 took an interesting turn this offseason. The Sooners will be under the direction of new coach Lincoln Riley after Bob Stoops retired in June. Riley will continue to direct Oklahoma’s high-powered offense, which is good news for the Heisman hopes of quarterback Baker Mayfield. Oklahoma State and Texas are expected to contend also. Kansas State, West Virginia and TCU completes the top 6. Iowa State and Baylor are two sleeper teams to watch in 2017. The new season of fantasy college football kicks off Saturday August 26 at FanPicks
Kansas St. Wildcats
The Wildcats will have serious experience and firepower on offense this season. If they can develop a few players on defense and improve against the pass, they could be one of the Big 12’s biggest threats to dethrone Oklahoma.
Oklahoma St. Cowboys
There are a lot of optimistic references to 2011 in Stillwater, with the look of this team bearing an obvious resemblance to that squad — at least on paper — with the array of offensive playmakers and the promise of an opportunistic defense. Now, can it look and perform like that squad, which won the Big 12 and finished decimal points out of the national championship game?
The Cowboys will have to manage trips to Pittsburgh and West Virginia, but the rest of the schedule sets up nicely. And they’ll have to find a way to beat Oklahoma, which has blocked their path the past two seasons.
Tom Herman is 22–4 as a head coach and is 6–0 against teams ranked in the AP top 25. He may also be a master of timing. At Houston, he took over a veteran team coming off an eight-win season and went 13–1 in his first year.
Now, Herman takes over a Texas roster returning 37 of the 44 in the two-deep from last season, stocked with back-to-back top-10 recruiting classes under former coach Charlie Strong. On his way out, Strong said whoever was coaching the Longhorns in 2017 would win 10 games.
Texas fans can’t take any more hype, only to be let down again. But things may be set up for Texas and Herman to crash the Big 12 party this season thanks to UT’s veteran roster, including experienced offensive and defensive lines and a laser-accurate quarterback in Shane Buechele.
The Sooners enter 2017 as the favorites to win a third straight Big 12 championship. Still, the push is for much more. QB Baker Mayfield and the standout offensive line give them a shot, although reliable weapons must develop, and the defense must prove capable.
There will be a challenging road schedule that features a September 9th visit to Columbus to meet an Ohio State team that thumped Oklahoma in 2016. And there are trips to Kansas State and Oklahoma State, two of the other top contenders in the Big 12. And, if all goes well, there’s a rematch with someone in the resurrected Big 12 Championship Game.
West Virginia Mountaineers
As head coach Dana Holgorsen said throughout the spring, West Virginia has talented players. Will Grier at quarterback, Ka’Raun White at receiver and Justin Crawford at running back comprise a trinity that’s tough to beat. Offensive line coach Joe Wickline should be able to build a decent front with guard Kyle Bosch as the anchor.
On defense, though, questions swirl around the line and at corner. Expect the opposition to test the WVU front early and often in 2017. Also, uncertainty at corner might give blitz-happy defensive coordinator Tony Gibson pause. In addition, there’s concern as to whether those in key positions coming off injuries will return to prior form.
Overall, though, WVU has plenty of confidence coming off a 10-win season and enough talent to challenge in a watered-down Big 12.
TCU Horned Frogs
The Air Raid-based Frogs will go as far as their quarterback takes them. Improvement from Kenny Hill is a must if TCU wants to return to its winning ways, let alone compete for the Big 12 championship. There are tools to work with on offense, but the best of them may still be a year away from making a legitimate impact. At least head coach Gary Patterson is likely to put out a sound defense. Experience is on his side this year, and that typically has meant good things.
Considering all of the turnover and culture change this program is undergoing, finishing above .500 and earning a bowl bid would be an impressive debut for new head coach Matt Rhule and the Bears. There are too many holes and question marks for Rhule to match the back-to-back 10-win seasons he had in his final two years at Temple. But Baylor — which returns 10 starters from a team that went 7–6 — is good enough to reach a bowl game for the eighth consecutive season.
Iowa St. Cyclones
The Matt Campbell era got off to a rough start, with a Week 1 loss to Northern Iowa followed up by a lopsided defeat to rival Iowa. But by the end of the year, Iowa State was competing with the best of the Big 12.
Now comes the most difficult task for the second year head coach: winning some of those games and getting Iowa State back to the postseason for the first time since 2012. To make that happen, the Cyclones will have to show significant improvement in the trenches — on both sides of the ball.
KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger understands that his offseason contract extension and raise for head coach David Beaty — 2–22 in his first two seasons — will look questionable to some. Beaty’s pay raise — he went from $800,000 annually to $1.6 million in 2017, with a $100,000 bump each season — is further proof, however, that Zenger sees progress outside the team’s wins and losses. Beaty has improved the team’s roster numbers after a scholarship crunch his first season and also built up some positive recruiting vibes. In 2016, bowl eligibility is unlikely given that the rebuild is still in its early stages, but improving on a two-win season should be an expectation, especially after Zenger gave Beaty the offseason vote of confidence.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
Texas Tech has a lot to prove in 2017. There are glaring weaknesses that need to be addressed — specifically the run game, offensive line and one of the worst defenses in college football. Even in an area where Texas Tech typically succeeds — throwing the football — the Raiders are tasked with replacing arguably the best quarterback in school history (Patrick Mahomes) with a player who has never started at the collegiate level.
All of this uncertainty on the field will add to the uncertainty with the coaching staff. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury is back for the fifth season at his alma mater, but the former record-setting quarterback is no doubt in a precarious position. A 13–23 record in Big 12 games simply is not good enough.
Oklahoma State vs Oklahoma Preview
The Bedlam Series takes on a larger meaning with the Big 12 championship at stake, though both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will need a win and plenty of chaos ahead of them in order to sneak into a College Football Playoff spot. The seventh-ranked Sooners attempt to polish off an undefeated conference slate and add another top-10 win to their resume when they host rival 10th-ranked Oklahoma State on Saturday (Enter Contest).
Oklahoma’s losses in two of the first three games are haunting the team in the rankings. The selection committee isn’t seeing enough from the No. 2 scoring offense (45.3 points) in the country to vault the Sooners over four Big Ten teams, two Pac-12 teams, Alabama and Clemson ahead of them in the standings. The Cowboys’ case for inclusion in the final four includes the hope that the committee will consider that its 30-27 loss at home to Central Michigan in Week 2 should not be counted against their record because the Chippewas never should have been awarded the final play on which they scored the game-winning TD. But both teams know that they won’t have any case for inclusion at all without a win on Saturday. The road team took each of the last three in the series.
ABOUT OKLAHOMA STATE (9-2, 7-1 Big 12)
The Cowboys were bidding for a spot in the Playoff last season before dropping their final two regular season games, including a 58-23 home loss to the Sooners. Quarterback Mason Rudolph was hobbled by a foot injury and only available on a limited basis in last season’s meeting. He’s fully healthy now and enters the weekend second in the Big 12 in passing yards (3,591) and third in TD passes (25). Wide receiver James Washington is second in the conference in receiving yards (1,159) and fourth in receiving TDs (nine).
ABOUT OKLAHOMA (9-2, 8-0 Big 12)
Ahead of Rudolph in TD passes in the Big 12 is Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield, who owns 35 scoring passes along with six rushing TDs. He guides an offense averaging 49 points in conference play. Mayfield ran for a pair of TDs in a 56-28 triumph at West Virginia last week as Oklahoma piled up 316 yards on the ground, with Samaje Perine (160 yards, two TDs) and Joe Mixon (147 yards, one TD) leading the way. Wide receiver Dede Washington leads the Big 12 in receiving yards (1,354) and receiving TDs (15).
NCAA Preview 2016
NCAA fantasy football is getting closer. Are you excited as i am? Get ready to play CFB at FanPicks (click to play). With the impending kickoff in Sydney, Australia August 26th, FanPicks will cover every NCAA conferences and their teams for the 2016 season. If you’ve missed the ACC Coastal NCAA preview, click here. The NCAA BIG 12 is composed of ten programs which have won 18 national titles including three since it’s inception.
Oklahoma leads in BIG 12 championship title with nine. Not only are the Sooners the greatest school within the conference, but they also have the third-most national championship title since the poll era (1936-present) with seven. The 2005 Rose Bowl BCS Championship was the last BIG 12 conquest. The Texas Longhorns were crowned champions. Labelled “The game of the century”, the Longhorns defeated USC 41-38.
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Baylor shocked many with the decision to fire head football coach Art Briles. He helped turn an underwhelming program into a national power. Shortly after the decision, Baylor released the full findings of an investigation into the football program and athletic department’s handling of various sexual assault accusations against members of the BU football program. Baylor has lost a bunch of promising recruits in the wake of that sexual assault scandal, but the Bears suffered their biggest roster hit when talented sophomore QB Jarrett Stidham announced he was transferring.
Iowa State’s Mike Warren emerged as one of the top running backs in the league last season, finishing fourth in the Big 12 with 1,339 rushing yards despite getting just nine carries in the first two games. The new coaching regime is very familiar with Warren, and not just because he gained 126 yards when the Cyclones faced Toledo last September. Warren originally committed to new coach Matt Campbell and Toledo out of high school before later flipping to Iowa State.
LaQuvionte Gonzalez, the 5-10 junior receiver transferred from Texas A&M with a 4.4 speed and a 41-inch vertical, could provide a big-play threat for the Jayhawk. Kansas coach David Beaty was his position coach at A&M and promises to get creative with Gonzalez to get him the ball in as many ways as possible. In 16 games with the Aggies, he had 26 catches for 317 yards and two touchdowns.
KSU has been at its best when coach Bill Snyder has been able to have a quarterback that is a dual threat and is the catalyst for all things successful in the offense. So when the team was down to Joe Hubener to run the offense last year after injuries to Alex Dalton and Jesse Ertz, the offense sputtered badly as Hubener completed below 50 percent of his passes but did show dual threat ability. If the spring game is any indication, things are totally up in the air. With Ertz and Dalton back, the battle is on, but it was the forgotten Hubener who showed the best in the spring game, throwing for over 300 yards and having significantly more accuracy. No matter who gets the mantle of the starting gig, he’ll have to be big, big, big for KSU to achieve whatever goals they have in sight.
Oklahoma is the overwhelming preseason pick to win another Big 12 title. With quarterback Baker Mayfield among seven returning starters on offense, the Sooners got 24 of 26 first-place votes in the preseason media poll released last Thursday. Mayfield’s fearless attitude and fiery approach instantly rubbed off on the Sooners, who averaged 47.6 ppg after an Oct. 10 2015 loss to Texas. After finishing fourth in the Heisman voting, Mayfield should start this season on the short list of MVP front-runners.
Oklahoma State’s hopes of returning to Big 12 title contention rest on quarterback Mason Rudolph’s shoulders. After a solid season splitting time with J.W. Walsh, Rudolph is finally the unquestioned leader of the offense. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound junior passed for 3,770 yards, 21 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He had six 300-yard games (three with more than 400 yards), but his 71.5 adjusted QBR leaves plenty of room for improvement.
The TCU Horned Frogs look like a team that could be one of the best in the Big 12 and possibly in the country this year. However, it looks like they will go forward without possible starting running back Shaun Nixon. TCU head coach Gary Patterson announced today that Nixon suffered an undisclosed injury and would miss the entire 2016 season because of it. Despite that, TCU’s offense has been among the nation’s best since co-coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie arrived two seasons ago. Quarterback Kenny Hill is expected to thrive again this season.
Texas benefited from Baylor University’s scandal. With recruits leaving the program here and there, the Longhorns were able to land five-star Devin Duvernay. A blazing-fast wideout who has been timed at 10.27 in the 100-meter. Duvernay’s big-play potential should help a very young UT passing game as it adapts to the new scheme of offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert.
In his first season as the full-time starter, quarterback Patrick Mahomes finished fourth in the country with 357.9 passing yards per game last year. He also tossed 36 touchdowns (tied for the Big 12 lead with Baker Mayfield) while rushing for 456 yards and 10 scores. The Red Raiders graduated key players at every other position offensively from last year’s dynamic scoring attack. But with Mahomes, Texas Tech could still feature its best offense yet under coach Kliff Kingsbury.
Mountaineers Quarterback Skyler Howard had an inconsistent 2015 season. He passed for 3,145 yards and 26 touchdowns, but despite a QB-friendly system, he also threw 14 interceptions and surpassed 300 yards just twice. Accuracy was an issue, as he completed less than 50 percent of his passes in four of his 13 starts, and his 55.3 adjusted QBR was seventh in the Big 12. But there is reason for optimism. Howard ended the season by setting Cactus Bowl records with 532 passing yards and five passing touchdowns in a 43-42 win over Arizona State.
BIG 12 Conference tournament fantasy preview
With Kansas, the nation’s # 1 team and favorite to take the Big 12 conference tournament, it’s a great time for college hoop fans and fantasy enthusiasts to do some deep research and monitor the games ahead of the NCAA Tournament. FanPicks is proud to give you this Big 12 conference tournament fantasy preview in order to give you a head start breaking down the favorites and underdogs to look out for.
The Kansas JayHawks have not lost since January 25th but had their revenge against the Iowas State Cyclones in the season finale, finishing off their season on a strong 11 game winning streak. The Big 12 conference, questionably the toughest out of all of them has 6 teams in the TOP 25, showing nothing but fierce competition all year long.
Even though the JayHawks are nice favorites to win it, they will have to go through Oklahoma and West Virginia. Kansas’ top prospects and NBA potentials Cheick Diallo and Wayne Selden Jr. will be expected to outperform their opponents as they’ve had all season long.
With their lone loss to Kansas in the last game of the seasons, lookout for the Longhorns in the ncaa tournament as they finished off their season with 3 wins out of their last. Unfortunately for them, they will have to wait their NCAA tournament seeding on Sunday as they were unable to stop Baylor’s Taurean Prince’s tremendous play today in the conference quarters. Prince will be a force to watch out for during the tournament and is also an NBA prospect.
NCAA Basketball Oklahoma vs West Virginia
College Fantasy Basketball preview
# 3 Oklahoma Sooners will travel to Morgantown to battle # 11 West Virginia Mountaineers Saturday afternoon. FanPicks is proud to bring you this NCAA College Basketball matchup preview. Come enjoy daily College Fantasy Basketball news at Fanpicks ahead of this upcoming March Madness 2016.
Oklahoma Sooners are coming into this game hoping to avoid a 3rd straight loss overall. They fell to Kansas State 2 weeks ago and fell to Kansas last weekend in a heartbreaker before dropping to unranked Texas Tech 65-63. This slump and vulnerability on the road as pushed the Sooners slump to third place in the BIG 12 standings, 1 game behind the Mountaineers and 2 behind Kansas with only 5 games in the season remaining. The Sooners were outrebounded against Kansas and Kansas State as well crucial moments late in the game against Texas Tech. They’re still in the mix for the # 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament but will unfortunately play 3 or their last 5 regular season games on the road. The Sooners have lost their last 2 trips to Morgantown.
The last time they met, the Mountaineers’ aggressive defence forced and held the Sooners’ defense to its worst shooting performances of the season (33.3% from the field) limiting Player of the Year candidate Buddy Hield to only a 17 pts. Shutting down the 3rd ranked Sooners’ 3 guard lineup will be much harder this time if Daxter Miles Jr. and Jaysean Paige aren’t present due to injuries. West Virginia’s 18.6 turnovers per game ranks second in the country, leads the Big 12 in scoring defense (65.6) and on top of that leads the entire nation with 10.2 steals per contest. This game will be an opportunity for either team to make a statement ahead of the highly anticipate NCAA Tournament next month.
NCAA Basketball Wisconsin St. vs Michigan State
Fantasy College Basketball preview
The Wisconsin Badgers will be travelling to Michigan to battle the # 9 ranked Michigan State Spartans this Thursday evening. FanPicks is proud to bring you this NCAA College Basketball matchup preview. Come enjoy daily Fantasy College Basketball news at Fanpicks.com ahead of this upcoming March Madness 2016.
The Badgers started their conference matches with 4 out of 5 losses before turning things around by beating the same Spartans a month ago 77-76. They have been perfect since and on a 7 game winning streak coming into this game. Wisconsin has won 3 consecutive games in double-digits and most recently, an impressive win on Saturday over Maryland. Vitto Brown, their junior Forward scored a career best 21 pts in that game pushing his season average to 9.5 per game. Their team leader Nigel Hayes tallied with a 14 pts, 6 rebounds and 2 assists performance. Hayes scored 25 pts in their first meeting, one of his 8 20+ pts performances in the season. The Badgers have won 4 of the last 5 matchups against the Spartans.
Michigan State is also performing well with five victories in its last six games led by their senior guard, Denzel Valentine averaging 19.5 pts a game, 7.1 assists and 7.7 boards. He was phenomenal in Sunday’s victory against Indiana, 88-69, with 30 pts and 13 assists. He’s potentially in the race for national player of the year, being one of the only players in the nation who can score and play defence at the same time at a level above others. The Spartans’ power forward, Matt Costello is coming back from his best game this weekend, with a career best 22 pts with 11 boards. He averages 10.3 pts and 8.3 boards on the season.
NCAA Basketball Iowa St. vs Baylor
College Fantasy Basketball preview
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# 15 Ranked Iowa State will try to remain on the same momentum and win back to back games for the first time since last month, as they visit the 22nd seed Baylor on Tuesday night. Both teams are currently tied for 4th in the BIG 12 but Iowa State are coming back from a huge win this Saturday over then # 24 Texas 85-75. It was a relief for the Cyclones having dropped 3 out of 4 before their game this weekend. Monte Morris had a tremendous game and season high 24 points while Jameel Mackay’s return from suspension certainly helped the Cyclones with 8 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks.
The Baylor Bears will hope to find their stride after their defeat to Texas Tech on Saturday 84-66. For them as well, it was their 3rd setback in 4 games. They will need to gain their form back if they want to beat the Cyclones again like they did in early January 94-89 amidst a 5 game winning streak during that stretch. The Bears will need to contain somehow the 50.2% shooting percentage from Iowa State, as well as big man George Niang, averaging 20 points over the past games and his teammate Monte Morris who leads the BIG 12 in assists average with 7. They will count on their leading scorer Taurean Prince who averages 17.5 points the past 2 games and 15.1 on the year as well as their big inside man, Rico Gathers who leads the BIG 12 in rebounds averaging 10.2 a game with 12.4 points.