A wild guess on how this Big 12 basketball season plays out
The Kansas City Star
Tonight: Kansas beats K-State in Lawrence.
Wednesday: Oklahoma State beats Texas Tech in Lubbock.
Saturday: Kansas beats Texas in Lawrence, K-State beats Baylor in Manhattan, Oklahoma State beats Oklahoma in Stillwater.
Feb. 18: K-State beats West Virginia in Manhattan.
Feb. 20: Oklahoma State beats Kansas in Stillwater.
Feb. 23: Kansas beats TCU in Lawrence, K-State beats Texas in Austin, Oklahoma State beats West Virginia in Morgantown.
Feb. 25: Iowa State beats Kansas in Ames, K-State beats Texas Tech in Manhattan.
Feb. 27: Oklahoma State beats TCU in Fort Worth.
March 2: Kansas beats West Virginia in Lawrence, K-State beats Baylor in Waco, Oklahoma State beats Texas in Stillwater.
March 4: Kansas beats Texas Tech in Lawrence.
March 5: K-State beats TCU in Manhattan.
March 6: Iowa State beats Oklahoma State in Ames.
March 9: Kansas beats Baylor in Waco, Oklahoma State beats K-State in Stillwater.
There’s really nothing outrageous about any of these picks. Basically, I’m giving each team the benefit of the doubt against teams it should beat, and leaning hard on the home teams to win. I should probably run through Iowa State and Oklahoma as well, but KU and K-State are the teams we care the most about here, and OSU is the one tied with KU (but holding the tiebreaker) at the moment.
So, if that’s how it plays out, here’s the final tally:
Oklahoma State 14-4
That would be, I believe, K-State’s first regular season championship since 1977. And the first time KU would not win or share the regular season title since 2004 (when it finished third).
So, anyway. That’s one possibility.