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Texas A&M Aggies

Good Wins: LSU, Arizona, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma State, Stephen F. Austin Bad Losses: at Baylor Strengths 1. The guards. It took a while for A&M’s guards to gel early on, but anyone who’s seen the team late in the year knows that this group has finally started to find its groove. Derrick Roland is one of the… more »

Oklahoma Sooners

Good Wins: Purdue, Davidson, Utah, Texas Bad Losses: @Arkansas Strengths: 1. Blake Griffin. He may be one player, but Griffin appears to have the energy and strength of two men when he’s on the court. Not only is he a lock to win the National Player of the Year award, but he’s probably a better… more »

Kansas Jayhawks

Good Wins: Tennessee, Missouri, @Oklahoma, Texas A&M Bad Losses: @Texas Tech, Massachusetts Strengths: 1. Sherron Collins. With the exception of Blake Griffin, there’s no better player in the Big 12 than the Kansas guard. He is currently averaging 18 points and almost five assists per game for a team that was considered way too green… more »

Big 12 Confidential (Pre-Conference Wrap)

Another non-conference season has come and gone, and with the exception of the Kansas vs. Michigan State game on Saturday, the rest of the conference will play their first conference games of the season this weekend. It’s hard to believe that’s true–the last couple of months have been a relative blur. North Carolina, the one… more »

What we’ve learned so far about the Big 12 Conference (South Division)

The Big 12 Conference is riding the wave of last season’s success, and it has Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas and Texas among others to thank for bringing it back to the top of the college basketball pecking order. Big early-season wins have been the norm for a couple of teams, as the Big 12′s cream continues… more »

What we’ve learned so far about the Big 12 (North Division)

The Big 12 Conference is riding the wave of last season’s success, and it has Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas and Texas among others to thank for bringing it back to the top of the college basketball pecking order. Big early-season wins have been the norm for a couple of teams, as the Big 12′s cream continues… more »

2007-2008 Texas A&M Aggies

Record: (24-10, 8-8 Big 12) Key Wins: Oral Roberts, N-Ohio State, Texas, Oklahoma Key Losses: @ Texas Tech, Baylor, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Key Stat: 46.6. The team field-goal percentage this season — second best in the Big 12. Biggest Strength: Size. Texas A&M head coach Mark Turegon knew he had a lot of work to… more »

Texas A&M Team Profile

Record: (24-10, 8-8 Big 12) Key Wins: Oral Roberts, N-Ohio State, Texas, Oklahoma Key Losses: @ Texas Tech, Baylor, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Key Stat: 46.6. The team field-goal percentage this season — second best in the Big 12. Biggest Strength: Size. Texas A&M head coach Mark Turegon knew he had a lot of work to… more »

Kansas Jayhawks

Record: (31-3, 13-3 Big 12) Key Wins: Arizona, @ USC, Oklahoma, Kansas State Key Losses: @ Oklahoma State, @ Kansas State, @ Texas Key Stat: 50.1. The team field-goal percentage this season — third best in the nation. Biggest Strengths: Depth. To put it plainly, the Jayhawks are loaded with talent. From forwards Darrell Arthur… more »

Kansas State Wildcats

Record: (20-10, 10-6 Big 12) Key Wins: California, @ Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Kansas Key Losses: Oregon, @ Missouri, @ Nebraska, @ Texas Tech Key Stat: 41.7. The number of rebounds Kansas State averages per game. (5th best in the country) Biggest Strengths: Michael Beasley and Swagger. Sure, Michael Beasley is just one player, but look… more »

Big 12 Tournament (Day 2 and Weekend Analysis)

Talk about an opening day to remember in Kansas City. A&M looked sloppy and won, while Baylor looked sharp and lost. It’s what you expect when the conference tournaments s Friday’s games bring more of the same uncertainty. For A&M, there is the chance to fully secure a tournament bid with a win over Kansas… more »

Oklahoma Sooners

Record: (21-10, 9-7 Big 12) Key Wins: Arkansas, N/H-Gonzaga, N@West Virginia, @Baylor Key Losses: Stephen F. Austin, @ Colorado, Texas, @ Nebraska Key Stat: 12.55. The number of assists the Sooners average per game — ninth best in conference. Biggest Strengths: Depth. Oh, to have nine players that can take the court at anytime. Unlike… more »

Big 12 Tournament Preview (Day 1)

The Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri is the place to be today when Texas A&M, Baylor and a host of other possible bubble teams take their first step into the great beyond better known as the Big 12 Tournament. For most, the conference tournament is nothing more than one last chance to prove you… more »

Texas Longhorns

Record: (26-5, 13-3 Big 12) Key Wins: Tennessee, @ UCLA, Kansas, @ Oklahoma Key Losses: @ Michigan State, Wisconsin, @ Missouri, @ Texas Tech Key Stat: 7.7. That is the average number of three-pointers the Longhorns take per game. The number puts them second behind Baylor for most attempts in the Big 12 Conference. Biggest… more »

Big 12 Confidential Awards and Analysis (Week 9)

Hot Topic: With a win on Wednesday, Oklahoma and Texas A&M went from bubble teams sitting on the outside to real Tournament contenders. Wednesday’s victories marked a possible turning point for both schools. After dealing with injuries (Oklahoma) and moments of sheer stupidity (A&M losing consecutive home games to Oklahoma State and Nebraska), both schools… more »

Big 12 Confidential (Week 8)

Hot Topic: What a week this should be for the Big 12 Conference. It seems just like yesterday we were talking about the conference getting six bids into the tournament, and now with the recent play of a few teams (namely Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas A&M), it could be looking at only five tickets. Let’s… more »

Big 12 Confidential (Week 7)

Hot Topic: With the Big 12 season winding down, it’s time to once again take another look at where all six major contenders stand in terms of chances of getting into the Big Dance. Week 8 should give us a lot to talk about with the conference tournament quickly approaching, so this week’s edition of… more »

Team Profile: 2008 BracketBuster Preview: George Mason vs Ohio

George Mason head coach Jim Larranaga isn’t one to shy away from big games. After all, this is the same head coach that willed his team to the Final Four in 2006 with a hope, a prayer and a Jai Lewis. For George Mason, the game against Ohio on Saturday (1pm ET, ESPN2) is the… more »

Big 12 Confidential (Week 6)

Hot Topic: Ah, the Big 12 Conference; it’s good to see you’re back in rare form again! Just when you think you have the Big 12 all figured out this year, the conference turns around throws a Dice-K gyroball your direction. The “consistent” play from Kansas? Gone. Baylor’s Cinderella run? It’s hanging on like one… more »

Big 12 Confidential (Week 5)

Hot Topic: I was thinking about writing a huge post on the resignation of former Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight and the impact it could have on the team in the coming weeks, but I figured most of us have already gotten their fill of the story from ESPN.com and the rest of the crew… more »

Big 12 Confidential (Week 4)

Hot Topic: Far be it for me to call the Kansas State Wildcats and star frosh Michael Beasley one of the biggest sleeper teams in college basketball, after all I’d only seen the team play a couple of times throughout the season, and a couple of those games happened to be two of their four… more »

Texas A&M v. Baylor (The Recap)

When I started writing for Bracketography.com a couple months ago, I made a solemn pact with myself that no matter what happened during the Big 12 conference season to my beloved Texas A&M basketball team, I would make sure to handle the recaps and reports on the team with the same class and professionalism that… more »

Big XII Confidential (Week 3)

Hot Topics: Sound the alarms in College Station, Texas, because the Texas A&M Aggies are currently in panic mode. After two blowout losses last week to Texas Tech and Kansas State on the road, the Aggies need to take a hard look in the mirror to figure out what the heck is going wrong. A&M… more »

Big XII Confidential (Week 2)

Hot Topics: Well, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock all weekend–or you don’t follow the Big 12 as closely as I do–then you probably already heard the news of Texas’ demise in Columbia, Missouri. If you saw the game, then you know Texas was not outclassed–the ‘Horns were merely outscored. Look, I’m all for… more »

Big XII Bonanza (Week One)

Hot Topic: Well it’s official: After watching the Kansas Jayhawks play over the weekend against Boston College, it’s safe to say that they are one of the best teams in the nation. I guess it didn’t take a genius to figure out that Kansas was a great team, but wow, talk about having every position… more »

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