Four teams in top 16 puts Big 12 at the top By Wendell Barnhouse

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

By Wendell Barnhouse

For the past 29 consecutive weeks, at least five conference
teams have been ranked in the top 25. Currently Oklahoma, Kansas, West
Virginia, Baylor and Iowa State have graced the rankings.
* Eighteen of 25 games in conference play have been decided by 11
points or less, with one in overtime, one in double-OT and one in
triple-OT. The average margin of victory this past Saturday was 6.0
* The Big 12 is No. 1 in the latest RPI with four teams in the top
16, six in the top 32 and eight in the top 61. The Big 12 has been the
No. 1 conference in RPI three of the last six years, including each of
the previous two.
* Every Big 12 men’s basketball squad has a winning percentage of
.529 or better – one of only two conferences in the nation to claim
that feat.
* The Big 12 boasts the national team stats leaders in 3-point
field goal percentage (OU), assists (BU) and steals (WVU). Four
schools – UT, KU, OU, TTU – are also in the top 10 for the nation’s
toughest schedules.
* Half the teams in the Big 12 are ranked in the top 20 of the AP
poll. Nine of 10 squads in the Big 12 have been ranked or received
votes in one of the two national polls at some point this season.
* The Big 12 boasts the nation’s best non-conference winning
percentage (.831) and has just 20 non-league losses, the fewest of any
* The current Big 12 non-conference win percentage is the highest
by any league since 1992-93 and is also tied for the ninth-best (Big
East, .831, 1988-89) in NCAA history.
* The Big 12 as a whole has won 20 of its last 21 and 33 of its
last 37 non-conference contests overall. The league entered conference
play with five teams with one loss or less – the most of any league
* With the majority of non-conferenceplay complete, the Big 12 was
the only conference where every team had a .667 winning percentage or
better as of Jan.1. Seven squads were at .833 or higher.
* In non-conference play, the Big 12 had an average of 2.0 losses
per team, easily the best of any league. Following the Big 12 is the
Pac-12 (2.75 per team), ACC (2.8) and Big East (2.9).
* The Big 12 has had at least five teams in the top 25 for 29
consecutive weeks. Nine of the 10 teams in the Big 12 have been ranked
in the top 25 at some point since January 1, 2014, including eight
last season alone.


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