Seven men’s basketball programs in the Big 12 have been ranked this season. That’s more than any other league in the nation.
Seventy percent of the Big 12’s membership has appeared in the national ratings. That is remarkable. Four – Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Baylor – of those spent time in the Top Ten.
In the Big Ten and American Athletics Conference, half of the schools were ranked at one time this winter. The percentage of schools that made an appearance in the Associated Press ratings this year in the other leagues is as follows: ACC 40%, Pac-12 33%, Atlantic 10 31%, Big East 30%, SEC 21%, Mountain West 18% and Missouri Valley and West Coast Conference 10% each.
Dating back to the formation of the Big 12 in 1996-97, there have been only 2 seasons when a league had a higher percentage of its schools ranked at one point than the Big 12 did in 2013-14. The ACC had 78% in 1997-98 and the Big Ten had 73% in 2009-10.
In the coming week as NCAA Tournament bids are lobbied for, it’s worth noting that the number of strong teams in the Big 12 this year is near all-time highs. That likely will, and should, be rewarded on Selection Sunday in a couple of weeks.