Big 12 basketball poised for dominance after another national title

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As if rebuilding a program in the Big 12 wasn’t hard enough, now, thanks to Iowa State’s 2021-22 turnaround under first-year coach T.J. Otzelberger, there’s even less patience and more expectations. 

“T.J. put a lot of pressure on every coach that takes over a program,” new Kansas State coach Jerome Tang said Wednesday at the league’s media day. “And the administrations look at it, too, and say it can be done.” 

Iowa State’s turn from 2-22 to Sweet 16 in a single year simply adds another layer of difficulty in a conference that’s established itself as the best in the country through straightforward stats, advanced analytics and being home to the last two national champions in Baylor (2021) and Kansas (2022). 

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