Chris Sprow looks at five key questions for the Big 12 this season, including how Kansas recruit Josh Selby can make up for the loss of the Jayhawks' big three and whether or not Texas added by subtracting from its roster.
Blake Griffin might be gone, but plenty of star power returns in the loaded Big 12, which can flex its muscles with the preseason No. 1 (KU), a legit Final Four contender (Texas) and a host of others lurking just behind.
Zaire Taylor scored a season-high 19 points and Leo Lyons added 12 of his 15 points in the second half as Missouri (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) beat Oklahoma State 67-59 to move on to the Big 12 championship game.
Arizona could have packed it in and given up on interim coach Russ Pennell and the season. But the Wildcats have now won three straight, and after a convincing win over UCLA, are back in the Pac-10 title race.
Defending a national championship is hard enough, but try doing it without a single returning starter and with seven newcomers. That's Bill Self's problem this season, and improving Oklahoma and Texas teams look ready to knock off the Jayhawks.
So what if Kansas racks up regular-season wins and Big 12 titles. Success in college hoops is now measured by NCAA Tournament wins, and that has been a shaky proposition for the Jayhawks, writes Andy Glockner.