We haven’t been able to dedicate much time to the blog lately, but it’ll pick up quickly once we get finished with school next week. In any case, we’ll try to discuss some updates from around the league.
– Kansas is off to another great start. A year after beginning 14-0, the Jayhawks entered Saturday’s game against Colorado State at 8-0. KU could have easily lost at home to UCLA, but looked better with a solid win against Memphis in the Garden.
– The other undefeated team, Baylor (6-0), has been lightly tested. They represented the league well against the Pac 10, beating Arizona State by 14. Lacedarius Dunn is averaging nearly 23 points per game.
– Oklahoma is in real trouble. The Sooners (4-5 going into Saturday) look like they might be the league’s worst team, even though Iowa State was widely predicted to hold that distinction this year. OU was reasonably competitive against Kentucky in the Maui tournament, but got crushed by Virginia and then lost to tiny Chaminade after that. Arizona also dominated them, and so far there’s little reason to expect OU can hang with the conference’s elite.
– Texas A&M looks well-balanced. A&M has five double-digit scorers on average, and so far no one averages more than 26 minutes played per game. Most teams in the Big 12 probably would not do that even at this early stage. The 54-51 win over Temple shows A&M was able to beat a solid team at its own (low scoring) game.
– Both Kansas State (8-1) and Missouri (7-1) held off late charges by Pac 10 opponents on the road. The Wildcats looked far more athletic early against Washington State, but only won 63-58. Mizzou had a 20 point lead at Oregon, but the Ducks rallied and MU won by just three. K-State has two non-conference games coming up against Florida and UNLV which could be challenging. Missouri plays Illinois in less than two weeks.
Kansas State and Missouri both dropped games in Kansas City against Duke and Georgetown, respectively.