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Posted: Friday November 05, 1999 08:59 PM
Big 12 overview
Jayhawks look to fend off Texas-sized challenge
By Jerome Solomon, Special to CNN/SI
Eric Chenowith looks to bring the regular-season title back to Lawrence. Todd Warshaw/Allsport
Will Kansas return quickly to its accustomed Top 10 status? The Jayhawks
claimed their third consecutive conference tournament championship, but
failed to win the league regular season crown for the first time. Texas,
which won that title despite having only seven scholarship players, has
a full deck to play with this season. Coaching wise, former Duke assistant Quin Snyder
takes over at Missouri, replacing the retired Norm Stewart, and Dave
Bliss takes over a dismal program at Baylor.
How they will spend Selection Sunday
| Kansas State
Players to Watch
| Top Three Frontcourt Players |
Chris Mihm, Texas|
Future NBA lottery pick blocks shots and hopes to score more.
Gabe Muoneke, Texas
One of better power forwards in country working to
Eduardo Najera, Oklahoma
Potential All-America made splash in NCAA Tournament.
| Top Three Backcourt Players |
Rayford Young, Texas Tech |
Single-handedly beat Kansas with 41-point
performance last season.
Keyon Dooling, Missouri
League's Mr. Showtime should flourish in Snyder's wide open offense.
Jeff Boschee, Kansas
Hasn't seen a shot he won't take; More talent around him should help.
| Top Three Newcomers |
Terry Black, Baylor|
Highly sought-after transfer from Indian Hills (Iowa) CC.
Luke Axtell, Kansas
Texas transfer brings impressive range but little defense.
Moses Malone Jr., Texas Tech
The transfer from Houston, eligible in early December, is a
scorer -- period.
| Hot Coach |
Rick Barnes, Texas |
In first year, turned a team that went 14-17 in '97-'98 into the regular season conference champ.
| Coach on the Hot Seat |
Danny Nee, Nebraska |
11 postseason bids in 13 years not enough; season ticket sales are falling and natives are getting restless.
| Toughest Schedule |
Indiana, St. Louis, Iowa, Illinois
| Quickest-Way-to-20-Wins Schedule |
Plays 10 of 11 nonconference games at home but has lost 17 in a row.
Mark Your Calendar
Dec. 7, Kansas vs. Michigan State|
Jayhawks get early-season test against Final Four participant last season.
Dec. 2, Oklahoma vs. Cincinnati
Sooners were manhandled by
Bearcats on road last season.
Jan. 2, Texas vs. Houston.
Former Longhorn Bernard Smith will suit up for UH this time around.
Feb. 28, Kansas at Texas
Texas would like to become the Jayhawks'
chief rival in the conference.
Jerome Solomon covers the Big 12 for the Houston Chronicle.
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