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College Basketball Bracket Update: Big 12, Tourney implications for Kansas, Oklahoma State

Conference frontrunner status is on the line in the Big 12, Big East, Mountain West and more
<p> Conference frontrunner status is on the line in the Big 12, Big East, Mountain West and more</p>

A wild college basketball season has an eventful week ahead of it.

Entering Tuesday, 11 conferences had ties atop their leagues -- either outright ties or teams tied in the wins or losses column. And these aren’t obscure conferences either: The Atlantic 10, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten and Mountain West are all crowded at the top.

College Basketball Weekend Preview: Oklahoma State, Oklahoma in Big 12 race

Back in NCAA Tournament contention, the Cowboys and Sooners meet in key Bedlam basketball matchup
<p> College Basketball Weekend Preview: Oklahoma State, Oklahoma in Big 12 race</p>

If the Big 12 goes through Kansas, the Oklahoma schools might be in good shape.

A three-game losing streak for the Jayhawks has flipped the Big 12 race around, leaving the Cowboys and Sooners, who both defeated KU, as two of the biggest beneficiaries.

College Basketball Bracket Update and Power Rankings: Jan. 16

Louisville looks to retain top spot nationally against shorthanded Syracuse
<p> Syracuse's road trip to Louisville is the week's most important game, but Mountain West contenders will be in the spotlight along with Maryland and Creighton.</p>

If you listen closely, you can almost hear the whispers: Bracketology, bubble watch, resumes, seeding, RPI.

The college basketball season is halfway through January and the conference races are starting to be determined. Though most conferences have only made a dent into league play, we have a pretty good idea of which leagues are going to have a ton of bids (Big Ten) and which are not (SEC).

Tournament preview: NC State under pressure in Puerto Rico

Oklahoma State, Tennessee looking to prove mettle
<p> Tournament preview: NC State under pressure in Puerto Rico</p>

The early season tournament season is under way, first with the NIT Tip-Off and now the Puerto Rico Classic, beginning Thursday.

The even in San Juan will be a proving ground for the major teams involved. For NC State, it’s a chance to prove the Wolfpack belong in the national elite. For Oklahoma State, Tennessee and UMass, it’s a chance to prove they’re ready to contend for the NCAA Tournament.

Here’s our preview of the action down in Puerto Rico

Top College Basketball Storylines for November and beyond

Kyle Wiltjer, Kentucky will be tested early
<p> Top College Basketball Storylines for November and beyond</p>

Football is still in the heart of its season. The NBA is just getting started. And the election was only yesterday.

In other words, it may be easy for college basketball to fly under the radar for the start of its season this weekend.

If it’s tough to pull away from football or other responsibilities in November, we’d like to help steer you the key games, teams, players and trends to watch as the college basketball season gets started Friday.

Big 12 2012-13 College Basketball Preview

Bill Self and Kansas look to retain top spot in Big 12
<p> Big 12 2012-13 College Basketball Preview</p>

The Big 12 may be one of the most interesting leagues from top to bottom in 2012-13, but the smart pick at the top remains, as always, Kansas.

The Jayhawks have won at least a share of the last eight Big 12 regular season titles, including the last four outright. Thomas Robinson is gone from Lawrence, but Bill Self again has stars ready to emerge.

College Basketball Sleepers: 10 teams that could return to the NCAA Tourney

Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon hopes the Panthers end a one-year Tourney drought.
<p> College Basketball Sleepers: 10 teams that could return to the NCAA Tourney<br />  </p>

In 2012, 30 of 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament field missed out a bid a season earlier.

The tally included eight from the six major conferences, including returns to prominence for Indiana and NC State. A quarter of the Sweet 16 -- the Hoosiers, Wolfpack, Baylor and Ohio -- was comprised of teams that a year earlier were either in consolation tournaments or missed the postseason altogether.

In 2012-13, Tournament droughts undoubtedly will end with a handful of teams capable of reaching the second weekend.

Ranking the Big 12's Basketball Coaches

Bob Huggins joins Bill Self in Big 12 coaching ranks
<p> Ranking the Big 12's Basketball Coaches</p>

The Big 12’s trade of Missouri and Texas A&M for West Virginia and TCU appears to be a small downgrade as far as basketball is concerned.

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