Apr 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Jeff Withey (right) passes the ball away from Kentucky Wildcats forward Terrence Jones (3) during the second half in the finals of the 2012 NCAA men

Early Look at Big 12 Basketball 2012-2013

1. Kansas: The Jayhawks return Jeff Withey in the middle, Elijah Johnson as the point guard, and Travis Releford. Though the team lacks a top-flight scorer after losing Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor.

2. Baylor: Losing Perry Jones III hurts, though the Bears still have a plethora of talent. Brady Heslip emerged as a great shooter in the NCAA tournament. He may be the top shooter in the conference.

3. Texas: The Longhorns are back with youth in full order. Cameron Ridly and Prince Ibeh, the top two centers in the incoming class headline a team high on length. Texas will be tough to beat.

4. Iowa State: Head coach Fred Hoiberg brought this team to the second round of the NCAA tournament, losing to Kentucky. They were a surprise team last year. Not so surprise any more.

5. West Virginia: Bob Huggins always seems to have the Mountaineers ready for all challengers, though the new Big 12 may need some getting used too. West Virginia will compete though.

6. Kansas State: Losing head coach Frank Martin hurts but the Wildcats still remain a good basketball team. The team returns Jamar Samuels, helping out the new coach.

7. Oklahoma: The Sooners remain a team very young and one that could get pushed around at times. Head coach Lon Kruger is in full rebuilding mode. This could take a few seasons.

8. Oklahoma State: Another team without any real leadership, TCU could jump the Cowboys for this spot in the conference standings. Le’Bryan Nash returns as the top scorer from last season.

9. TCU: Making a big jump from the Mountain West to the Big 12, could pose some challenges for the Horned Frogs. Losing your top two scorers from last year also hurts. Garlon Green returns as the top scorer left, averaging around 10 points per game.

10. Texas Tech: The Red Raiders need help all the way around this roster. Last year, Texas Tech posted a 1-17 conference mark. So they can go only one way and that is up. Jordan Tolbert returns as last season’s top scorer.

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Tags: Baylor Bob Huggins Brady Heslip Cameron Ridly Elijah Johnson Frank Martin Fred Hoiberg Garlon Green Iowa State Jamar Samuels Jeff Withey Jordan Tolbert Kansas Kansas State Le'Bryan Nash Lon Kruger Oklahoma Oklahoma State Perry Ellis Prince Ibeh TCU Texas Texas Tech West Virginia

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