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Big 12 predictions - men's basketball

1. Kansas The No. 2 recruiting class in the nation gives this team a chance to reload and win the conference for the 10th year in a row. 2. Oklahoma State Marcus Smart leads the Cowboys, a talented crew on the outside, in hopes of winning the Big 12. 3. Baylor Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin's return give the Bears plenty of force down low, offensively and defensively. 4. Iowa State The Cyclones will be reliant on freshmen, but Marshall transfer DeAndre Kane will provide consistent scoring. 5. Kansas State Graduation and an unexpected transfer leave the Wildcats thirsty for experience. 6. Texas Last year's young players gained valuable experience, but their play must improve. 7. Oklahoma The Sooners graduated a lot of offensive weapons. An NCAA bid is doubtful. 8. West Virginia The Mountaineers struggled offensively last year. Those hard times will haunt West Virginia this year. 9. Texas Tech Tubby Smith adds an excellent touch to the Red Raiders, but the non-conference schedule is harsh for a team that's looking for wins. 10. TCU The Horned Frogs had the worst offense in the conference last year, averaging only 55 points per game.

Posted: November 8, 2013 - 12:53am
Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart and the Cowboys will be a handful for the rest of the Big 12. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)  BRODY SCHMIDT
BRODY SCHMIDT
Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart and the Cowboys will be a handful for the rest of the Big 12. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
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Will Kansas win the Big 12 title for the 10th straight time, or will Oklahoma State end the Jayhawks’ streak?

The A-J presents its forecast of how things should shake out this season.

1. Kansas
The No. 2 recruiting class in the nation gives this team a chance to reload and win the conference for the 10th year in a row. 2. Oklahoma State
Marcus Smart leads the Cowboys, a talented crew on the outside, in hopes of winning the Big 12. 3. Baylor
Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin’s return give the Bears plenty of force down low, offensively and defensively. 4. Iowa State
The Cyclones will be reliant on freshmen, but Marshall transfer DeAndre Kane will provide consistent scoring. 5. Kansas State
Graduation and an unexpected transfer leave the Wildcats thirsty for experience. 6. Texas
Last year’s young players gained valuable experience, but their play must improve. 7. Oklahoma
The Sooners graduated a lot of offensive weapons. An NCAA bid is doubtful. 8. West Virginia
The Mountaineers struggled offensively last year. Those hard times will haunt West Virginia this year. 9. Texas Tech
Tubby Smith adds an excellent touch to the Red Raiders, but the non-conference schedule is harsh for a team that’s looking for wins. 10. TCU
The Horned Frogs had the worst offense in the conference last year, averaging only 55 points per game.

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