Oklahoma State is one of the most exciting programs in the SEC, and this past season was an opportunity for the Sooners to take another step forward in the Big 12.
Now that the program has lost two of its top three scorers, it may not have the firepower to make another run in the conference, but the Aggies are not expected to miss out on a top-25 seed and the potential for a Big 12 championship in their own backyard.
A&M is ranked No. 6 in our Power Rankings, but it is hard to argue with the fact that this was one of our top programs in 2016-17.
The Sooners won just three games, losing four of them to Missouri and Tennessee.
The defense was not the strength of this team, but they played at a high level.
This could have been the year that they went undefeated.
However, the season could not have gone any better for the Aggie team.
Kansas has one of college basketball’s best defensive lines, but its offensive woes have cost the Jayhawks a chance to be a top 10 team.
The Shockers lost five games to Kansas, but a lack of depth and inexperience forced them to take a step back.
This loss will cost the Shockers at least a trip to the Sweet 16, which is their only remaining conference tournament game.
Iowa State, which was ranked No .
4 in our preseason preseason Top 25 Poll, is the favorite to win the Big Ten.
The Cyclones have lost five of their last six games, including a shocking upset of Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament.
The Jayhawks should have a legitimate shot at winning the league and a trip into the Sweet Sixteen.
Michigan State was not a team to write off for the season.
The Spartans were a top 25 team last season, but were one of two teams to lose two of their top three players.
This is an exciting season for the Spartans, who should contend for a conference championship.
North Carolina will need to overcome the loss of two of the top three scoring guards in Deandre Burnett and Justin Jackson, but this team should be very dangerous against a top 20 team.
This will be a great test for the Tar Heels as they face the nation’s top team, Duke, in the ACC tournament.
Georgia is not expected a top 30 seed, but with an improved recruiting class and a strong defensive effort, the Bulldogs could be one of America’s top teams.
The Bulldogs lost three of their first four games to Kentucky, but that did not hurt their confidence and they could have easily gotten off to a faster start in the first round.
Louisville is the No. 4 seed in our Big 12 Preview and is the biggest story of the league.
This team has the talent to challenge for a spot in the Sweet 14 and is loaded with young talent.
The Cardinals are also expected to finish the season undefeated.
Stanford has a chance for a return to the NCAA Tournament and a shot at the conference championship with a win over North Carolina in the second round.
This should be an exciting and competitive matchup, with two of college football’s top defenses battling for the championship.
This match-up is not without controversy, as Stanford’s players have been involved in the team’s sexual assault scandal.
The Big 12 has one top 25-ranked team, Oklahoma State, but Texas Tech is the only team outside the top 25 that could be a threat.
This season could be the turning point for the Cowboys, who will get a chance at a trip back to the Big Dance.