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February 25th, 2017
It has been an interesting week for Kentucky Wildcat fans. Last weekend they saw their former Cats dominate All-Star weekend as Jamal Murray won the MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge, and Anthony Davis received MVP honors at the All-Star game in front of his home fans in New Orleans. Not only did Davis win MVP, break Wilt Chamberlain’s All-Star scoring record, and earn a car in the process, he now gets to team up with Demarcus Cousins after Vlade Divac practically gave him up for free.
We’re closing in on about two weeks left in the regular season and the battle for the Big 12 regular season championship is all but over. Kansas will almost assuredly take home the Big 12 regular season title, only needing one win to clinch a share and two to clinch it outright. Baylor, Iowa State, and West Virginia all sit three games back of the Jayhawks with only four to play. The rest of the Big 12 is still battling it out for position in the conference tournament, as well as for berths into the NCAA tournament.
For the first time in the history of the March Madness era, the NCAA tournament committee decided to release the top 4 seeds in each region. You could tell this was derived from the idea of the College Football Playoff giving weekly updates on the top 4 teams who could compete for the national title. I think the concept of the revealing was great and as the president of the committee released each seeding line it made you feel as if you were in the room with the committee hearing out their explanations.
The Big 12 standings as a whole tightened this week as Baylor and West Virginia each lost close on the road. The gap from second place to ninth place now sits at four and a half games, with only two teams in the conference out of the postseason picture in Oklahoma and Texas. One thing did become a little clearer this week, as Kansas now has a two-game lead on Baylor for first place in the conference after their undefeated week. Even with that lead, the title is far from clinched as Kansas has some very important games the rest of the way.