In the brutal Big 12, almost every game is a true test, and Saturday’s home game for No. 3-ranked Kansas basketball should be no different. The Jayhawks (15-3 overall, 4-2 Big 12) entered the day tied for second place with, among others, the Texas Longhorns (12-6, 4-2), KU’s guests today at Allen Fieldhouse.
The Big 12 is ultra-competitive this year and a reporter asked Self the other day whether the lack of sure-fire, next-level players made it to where it seems like it will be impossible for anyone to run away and win the league this year.
“I think so,” Self said. “You go back to our league and with the Durants and the Beasleys and the Griffins and the Wiggins and Embiids, when you look at guys and you say, well, they are for sure going to be successful later on. I don't know that you can positively say that about all our guys in our league.”
Here are the Big 12 standings entering Saturday (OU looks on its way to beating Baylor, though):
West Virginia 4-2
Iowa State 3-3
Texas Tech 2-4
Oklahoma State 2-4
More from Self on the talent in the Big 12 this season, which may not feature the future all-stars it has in the past, such as Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant and Andrew Wiggins.
“But I think we'll have a lot of guys in our league make rosters, which -- and a lot of times, better ball translates to experience, and I do think there's been some better games this year in large part because you're playing with upperclassmen.”
“You know, like Texas positively has a pro, and they probably have multiple pros that are just young, but they positively have one. Oklahoma State positively has one. He's just young. Iowa State, you know, of course Georges is probably as tough a matchup as there is.”
Looking at the parity of talent in the Big 12, Self now isn’t surprised with how teams are bunched up in the standings. And that very well might stay that way all season.
“We can say what we want to, and the reasons for it, but you know, you've got -- seems like to me, everybody in our league has gotten better. The standard has been set pretty high but everybody has the gotten better,” Self said.
“That's one thing that I think is going to make it very difficult for whoever wins the league is that you're going to have to go through every game. I mean, every game is going to be a war. But the reality of it is, you've got six teams in our league that can win the league. I mean, not go to the NCAA Tournament; win the league.”
Wouldn't be surprised if Lucas only plays when Ibeh is out there for Texas. Probably KU's only big who can handle him on the glass at this point.
Little runner form Felix to open the game for Texas. We've seen opposing guards get to the paint and score a lot vs KU lately. ... Felix drives in for a reverse on UT's 2nd possession.
Mason spins away from Felix to try a runner but short-arms it. Came after a missed open 3 form Selden.
Nice pick-and-pop by Eliis and Graham. It got Ibeh out of position defensively and made it easy for Ellis to get by him for a layup.