As the days to tipoff draw closer, the Big 12 men’s basketball coaches spoke on a teleconference Thursday morning.
Cowboys returning to Arlington
Six members of the Oklahoma State basketball team grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. OSU will return to the area on Nov. 25 to play the University of Texas-Arlington.
“Our team has a pretty strong footprint in the metroplex so hopefully it’s another opportunity to show our program’s direction,” OSU coach Mike Boynton said.
West Virginia to clash with notable mid-major
WVU will begin their season at the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, against Northern Iowa on Nov. 25. This marks the second consecutive season in which the Mountaineers battle the Panthers in a neutral site.
“UNI is a quality opponent that we need to beat because they will probably be ranked in the top-50 when it comes to seeding," WVU coach Bob Huggins said. "I don’t know if we took them seriously last year.
In last year’s matchup, WVU narrowly beat UNI 60-55 in Riviera Maya, Mexico.
Scott Drew pleased with possible one site tournament
On Monday, the NCAA announced plans of hosting March Madness in just one city: Indianapolis.
“I’m an optimistic person, so I’m optimistic that we will get to the tournament," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "I think it was a great move by the NCAA. At the end of the day, cutting travel will give us the best chance to be successful. Indianapolis and the surrounding areas are a great location with so many venues to host."
Texas Tech brings in talented transfers
Texas Tech was able to stack its roster with three Division I transfers. Former Georgetown sharpshooter Mac McClung, VCU graduate transfer Marcus Santos-Silva and Wichita State transfer Jamarius Burton add to the hype surrounding Texas Tech’s 2020-2021 season.
“In my opinion, you’ve got the three best transfer players in college basketball," TTU coach Chris Beard said. "The plan with transfers has always been to let them be the best version of themselves. I’m proud to be coaching them."
Oklahoma responds to positive tests
Nearly two weeks ago, the Sooners recorded their first positive COVID-19 case according to the Oklahoman. Coach Lon Kruger and his team have had to adjust to the circumstances.
“We’ve talked a lot about our attitude towards the coronavirus," Kruger said. "Everything is different. So, having the right attitude and not getting frustrated about it is key. We can’t roll our eyes and feel sorry for ourselves."