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Big 12 Hoops Conference Call - January 19, 2011

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Well Big 12 league play is in full swing and we can already start to see how its going to shape up or we think we can anyways as it has been somewhat of a crazy start to the league season. Below are the five questions that were asked this week in our conference call. First three are obviously Big 12 related but have to touch on the NFL season as the Championship games are coming up and the Super Bowl is not far away.

As always come in and let us know your thoughts on these topics or your thoughts on how bad are answers are.

1. Baylor or Kansas State: Who is more likely to miss NCAA Tournament?

2. Which player in Big 12 has impressed you the most in league play? Least?

3. Can CU keep it up?  * Note this question was asked before the Nebraska loss *

4. Were you happy to see the Patriots lose to the NY Jets?

5. Follow up who now is your Super Bowl pick?

 1. Baylor or Kansas State: Who is more likely to miss NCAA Tournament?

MP: I hate to be mean and say all of the above, but both schools are entering real panic zones. I'll go with Baylor because I think they need a miraculous run and maybe even winning conference championship to have an acceptable resume. But both teams need to start getting some real wins.

EP: I think K-State is more likely to miss. Jacob Pullen seems disinterested. Freddy Asprilla left. The team is in dissarary. I still feel like Perry Jones' height and LaceDarius Dunn's play will get Baylor to sneak in.

JL: I am going to say Baylor but that could be because I still have that KU game fresh in my head where even though Kansas was on fire, Baylor was playing D like it was an NBA All-Star game.

2. Which player in Big 12 has impressed you the most in league play? Least?

MP: How about the new big fellas? Perry Jones III, Tristan Thompson and Ricardo Ratliffe have all been phenomenal in league play. I know Jones got pushed around by the Morris twins, but how many players don't get pushed around by the Morris twins? Not to mention, how many players are stuck in a zone that can't collapse because Kansas was shooting like it was a Pop-A-Shot from three? I haven't been impressed with some senior studs: most importantly Mike Singletary, LaceDarius Dunn and Jacob Pullen. Singletary might as well not exist, Dunn is selfish, and Pullen has failed to live up to preseason conference POY.

EP: Most impressed with my Pre-Conference Player of the Year, Jordan Hamilton. Last season he came in with a lot of hype, but averaged a pedestrian 10 points per game. This season he has emerged and ranks near the top in scoring average in the conference at 19.2. Least has to be the Texas Tech duo of John Roberson and Mike Singletary. I went into the season thinking either, or both, of them could average 20 points a game. Combined they are averaging less than 25

JL: I have to go with Khris Middleton of Texas A&M, he has been awesome so far. For the least impressive I have to say Curtis Kelly of Kansas State since he missed a game for being less than smart and breaking rules, then he hasn't played real well in the two games he has seen the floor.

3. Can CU keep it up?  * Note this question was asked before the Nebraska loss *

MP: Depends what you mean by keep it up. The Buff's lack of an interior threat (or even presence) will make it very hard to win on nights where shots aren't falling. I don't think they'll be undefeated in conference play, but I think they'll finish in the top half of the conference with an at-large bid to boot.

EP; Yeah, agree with Matt. They can win 9 or 10 games and make the tournament. Thing about college hoops is that if you have a superstar you are in any game. CU has one in Alec Burks.

JL: I have to agree with above responses. With Burks and Higgins combined with good start and some wins over teams you expected them to lose too I think the Buffs will make a good run for the upper half of the conference.

4. Were you happy to see the Patriots lose to the NY Jets?

MP: No. The Jets trash talking was too much. I'm all for celebrations during the game. And talk between plays. But the arrogant, show-boating both before and after the game just left a bad taste in my mouth. That said, I normally like to pull for the underdog, so I wasn't crushed to see the Pats lose.

EP: Growing up in Ohio I despise everything Michigan, so seeing Brady lose makes me a happy man. And the Bart Scott interview after the game was GREAT

JL: Personally I LOVED seeing the Patriots lose, get very tired of hearing about them all the time. Plus I don't mind the trash talking IF you go out and back it up and the Jets did that. I am sure it will wear thin after awhile but come on Rex Ryan or Bill Belichek, you definitely have to like Ryan more, not necessarily from a coaching perspective but just watching and listening.

5. Follow up who now is your Super Bowl pick?

MP: I like the Steelers right now with the Packers coming in right behind. I think both teams are playing their best football when it counts. Both also have great quarterbacks. I think the Steeler defense has a slight edge, and it's tough to pick the Packers until they sport a more consistent running game.

EP: Steelers over Bears in a low scoring game. The difference in the game is that Cutler throws the ball to game MVP Troy Polamalu for two picks. The second will come as a result of Cutler trying to prove he can burn The Hair... and won't be able to.

JL: I am gonna do a total homer pick here for a few reasons. I grew up in Kansas and only one team left playing has a guy who grew up in Kansas as well on their roster, Green Bay, with Jordy Nelson. Plus I am a Bronco fan and refuse to root for cry-baby Jay Cutler so I am gonna say Packers advance from NFC to take on Jets in Super Bowl. Have to go with Aaron Rodgers over Mark Sanchez in the big game and say the Pack win another one.