Kansas players celebrate a win over North Carolina in the championship game of the men’s Final Four NCAA tournament, Monday, April 4, 2022, in New Orleans. The Big 12 Conference has produced the past two national champions in men’s college basketball: Kansas in 2022, and Baylor in 2021.
David J. Phillip, Associated Press
The news Friday that UCF, Houston and Cincinnati will officially join BYU in becoming Big 12 Conference members in 2023 has reignited conversations about what the Power Five league will look like going forward.
That prompted The Field of 68’s Riley Davis to look at the future of the Big 12 when the four new league members join, and how dominant the league has become in college basketball.
How dominant has Big 12 basketball been in recent years?
Davis pointed to several impressive statistics that show the superiority of Big 12 men’s basketball over the past decade.
Among them, the Big 12 has ranked first in KenPom’s conference rankings in seven of the past 10 seasons, per Davis.
The league has also had a tremendous amount of success in the NCAA Tournament over that same time frame.
The Big 12 has sent a minimum of five teams to the NCAA Tournament every year in the past decade, and seven teams in five different season, Davis reported.
While the Big 12 had one just team, Oklahoma, reach the Final Four from 2013-17, the conference has had a Final Four representative in every NCAA Tournament since 2018 — excluding 2020, when the NCAA Tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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