Two key announcements turned the fortunes for the Big 12. First, sophomore Marcus Smart elected to return to Oklahoma State even though he could have been a top pick. And just as the Cowboys prepared to be the unquestioned Big 12 favorite, Kansas landed the most dynamic freshman since at least Kevin Durant.
If only the news was as good around the rest of the league.
Outside of Kansas, Oklahoma State and probably Baylor, the Big 12 may have trouble putting teams into the NCAA Tournament.