Sporting News: Big 12 maybe college basketball’s most competitive conference, but it’s no longer the best

Sporting News: Big 12 maybe college basketball’s most competitive conference, but it’s no longer the best

So, the Big 12 Conference is not America’s best basketball conference after all.

Not on the floor, anyway.

 The Big 12’s run during Saturday’s Big 12/SEC Challenge was, for the first time, a setback. After the Big 12 won it the first three years and tied last year, the Southeastern Conference, this time, won six of the 10 games. Any claim the Big 12 has on the title of college basketball’s best league, for now, rings hollow.

On paper, of course, the Big 12 still reigns.

Going 4-6 out of league over the weekend didn’t knock the Big 12 from its perch atop the RPI. Heading into this week’s action, the Big 12 still ranks No. 1, just ahead of the ACC. The SEC moved up a spot to third, passing the Big East.

Ask Big 12 coaches, though, and they’ll rightly defend their league as the toughest in the land, certainly the most challenging, if not the outright best.

To read the rest of John E. Hoover’s story at Sporting News, click here:



Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he's now co-host of "Further Review" on The Franchise Tulsa (weekdays 12-3, fm107.9/am1270) . In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. Hoover also covered Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oral Roberts and the NFL as a beat writer. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist. As a columnist, Hoover won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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