Sunday, February 6, 2011
Kansas' Win Over Nebraska Shows why League Will Be Tougher Next Season
Despite a "tougher" Nebraska squad, KU once again dominated the huskers on the hard court to complete yet another season sweep. Kansas beat Nebraska 86-66, once again easily dispatching the Huskers on its quest for a seventh strait Big 12 title. Kansas hasn't lost to Nebraska since 2003 (Bill Self's first season) and has made it a habit of beating up on one of the perennial bottom feeders of the league.
With Nebraska going to the Big 10, the Big 12 will become a much stronger conference in basketball. Despite showing a few signs of life in the league this year, the numbers don't lie: Nebraska has constantly finished in the bottom of the league and has usually served as a scrimmage for the Big 12's contenders. With Colorado joining the Pac 10, the Big 12 is losing two programs that constantly finish in the bottom half of the league and will be lucky to finish .500 in conference play this season.
The new Big 12 basketball schedule will require every Big 12 team to play each other twice, which eliminates the south vs. north scheduling arguments and makes the league slate much tougher. While it was unfortunate to see Nebraska and Colorado leave, the new Big 12 will be one of, if not the, toughest basketball leagues in the country.