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Projecting the Big 12 standings

Bill Self and Kansas have some work to do if they wish to remain atop the Big 12. AP Photo/Matt Slocum

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The Big 12 was arguably the nation's best league during the nonconference portion of the schedule. Here's a projection for what the standings might look like in March, after all those talented teams go toe-to-toe for a couple of months:

1. Kansas Jayhawks

Although this is not one of Bill Self's most talented -- or defensive -- teams at Kansas, it is still good enough to win at least a share of the conference title for the 11th year in a row. Beating the Jayhawks (11-2) inside the fortress that is Allen Field House is always problematic and gives them a leg up on the rest of the league. On a team with more highly rated players coming out of high school, sophomore point guard Frank Mason has been the team's most efficient player. Life will get easier for Kansas if highly regarded freshmen Kelly Oubre and Cliff Alexander step up their games.

2. Texas Longhorns