Big 12 Mens Basketball Weekly Notes
March 3, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Forty-nine of 80 conference games (61.3%) have been decided by 11 points or less, with 40 matchups determined by nine points or fewer.
The Big 12 is the No. 1 conference in the latest overall RPI, strength of schedule, non-conference RPI and non-conference strength of schedule. Seven teams are in the top 46 and eight are in the top 89.
Seven Big 12 teams (out of 10) that have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 this season. Despite having just 10 teams, the Big 12 has had more total teams nationally-ranked this year than any other conference.
Nine Big 12 schools ranked among the top 73 in the ESPN Basketball Power Index (BPI). Nine league teams are in the top 72 of the Sagarin ratings, which also ranks the Big 12 as the No. 1 conference.
Big 12 teams have combined to defeat a total of 38 Associated Press top 25 opponents this season, the most in conference history.
Prior to this year, no team in college basketball had won four consecutive games in four straight games played versus AP top 25 foes since 1997. This season, it’s been done twice - both by Big 12 teams (Kansas, Texas).
The Big 12 winning percentage in non-conference play of .797 is the best of any conference in the nation. The league has posted a 102-26 mark this season.
Eight wins against top 25 non-conference opponents, as the Big 12 has posted an 8-9 (.471) record so far this year. The Big 12 has the best winning percentage of any league and the most wins against the AP top 25.
The Big 12 has a .500 or better record against 27 of the 29 conferences it has faced this season.
15 non-conference wins by Big 12 teams dating back to December 22. Conference squads are 34-6 versus non-league foes since December 13.
26 non-conference losses by Big 12 teams this season. It’s the fewest of any conference in the nation.
The Big 12 has five teams ranked in the top 31 nationally in points per game - more than twice as many as any other conference.
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