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Big 12 Hoops Conference Call

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Welcome to another edition of Big 12 Hoops Conference Call.  Unfortunately the nonconference questions were finalized before San Diego State got Jimmered, so you'll have to do without any Mountain West coverage.  We do weigh in on the Super Bowl and the Oscars though (not to mention an always welcome Airplane! reference).

As always answers after the jump, and make sure to leave your own.

  1. Kansas goes down.  Who do you think wins the Big 12?
  2. Speaking of the Kansas loss, when does Texas lose first in conference play?
  3. Which are the "real" Iowa State and Nebraska?  Impressive teams early, or disappointing late?
  4. Super Bowl: who are you rooting for (and who do you think will win), and where are you watching?
  5. Oscar nominations are out.  What were your favorite movies over the last year?
  1. Kansas goes down.  Who do you think wins the Big 12?
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    EP: It's gotta be Texas, right? They won in Lawrence and dismantled A&M at home. This weekend's home game against Missouri will be their third test over four games, followed by Big Monday at A&M. If they come out unscathed, they are surely in the driver's seat since they won't play any more ranked teams the rest of the season.

    JL: I am still gonna pick Kansas to at least tie for the Big 12 if not win it outright. Call me an anti Texas person or KU homer if you want but I still think Texas has a stinker or two in them and KU just doesn't lose games they aren't supposed to against teams like Iowa State & CU for example.

    MP: I'm getting more and more convinced that Texas can win. I love this team and--more importantly their schedule. Other than their trip to College Station, they don't have a huge challenge on the road. I'll bet they'll lose and give Kansas at least the chance to tie, but I'm going to guess Texas.

  3. Speaking of the Kansas loss, when does Texas lose first in conference play?
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    EP: If they win on Big Monday they only have four road games left: at OU, at NU, at CU, at BU. I can see them losing one of the two last ones before either of the two first ones.

    JL: Well I picked against Oklahoma State, a game that is currently going on while I am answering this question.

    MP: I think they'll slip up somewhere unexpected.  The A&M game is probably the most dangerous, but I don't see them making it through conference play unscathed.  At Baylor or Colorado seem like decent possibilities to me too.

  5. Which are the "real" Iowa State and Nebraska?  Impressive teams early, or disappointing late?
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    EP: I am selling Iowa State but putting a hold on Nebraska. I think ISU is done for, but I think NU will win another game or two they "shouldn't."

    JL: I don't know if you can really be disappointed with Iowa State no matter how they finish out unless they just get blown out every game from here on out which I doubt happens. I all along have been saying I think Nebraska could be beter than what people were giving them credit for and then they go and blow a game down against Texas Tech so who the heck knows with them.

    MP: Good point Joe.  I have a funny feeling Iowa State is running on fumes and headed for a collapse.  Nebraska is harder to figure for me.  They seem on the verge of being pretty good, but just not quite able to push things over the top.  Impressed with both coaches so far regardless.

  7. Super Bowl: who are you rooting for (and who do you think will win), and where are you watching?
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    EP: I guess I'm rooting for the Steelers, because when I was living in Ohio I knew more Steeler fans than Packers fans. I also think the Steel Curtain will prevail. As for watching, we go to the same Super Bowl party each year (shout out to Dave and Melanie).

    JL: I am rooting for the Green Bay Packers since Jordy Nelson, a Kansas kid and Big 12 alumni, is playing for the Pack. I will probably watch the game in my basement either by myself or with my wife making an appearance every so often to see how it's going.

    MP: I like both squads, but I'm going to take the Packers.  I like Aaron Rodgers a lot more than Big Ben, and the Carolina Panther fan in me loves all the Dom Capers references I can get.  I'm really interested to see if the Packers can get anything on the ground against that Pitt defense though.  Should be a great game.  I'll either be watching it in my room with my suitemates or in a dorm common room (depending on what kind of free snacks are available).

  9. Oscar nominations are out.  What were your favorite movies over the last year?
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    EP: Of the Best Picture nominees I only saw True Grit and thought it was great. The next one on the list for me to see is Black Swan, because, well, Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis kissing would make even the worst movie great.

    JL: Excellent analysis by Evan on Black Swan.  I will be honest I haven't seen the majority of the movies up for awards. One of my favorites last year was Inception, just an awesome movie. The Town was a really good movie.

    MP: Mila Kunis is unbelievably attractive in that movie (not that Natalie Portman is a slouch or anything).  I'm always up for a western and though Inception was great (cool note: there was a scene from The Town filmed down the street from where I live, and one of my roommates walked right by Ben Affleck before he was escorted across the street).  I have a feeling the award will go to The Social Network.  I'm not sure I buy into it as the iconic movie that will define my generation, but it was pretty well done.