Big 12 projections: Kansas on top

2014-15 Projected Big 12 Standings

1. Kansas Jayhawks | 2. Texas Longhorns | 3. Oklahoma Sooners | 4. Iowa State Cyclones | 5. Baylor Bears | 6. Kansas State Wildcats | 7. Oklahoma State Cowboys |
8. West Virginia Mountaineers | 9. Texas Tech Red Raiders | 10. TCU Horned Frogs

By any measure, the Big 12 had a tremendous season in 2013-14. The conference sent seven of its 10 teams to the NCAA tournament, with each receiving a No. 9 seed or better. There was a case for the conference being the best in the country from top to second-to-the-bottom. (Sorry, TCU.) While the overall talent level in the league may be down slightly this season, the Big 12 still figures to do well on Selection Sunday. There will be plenty of good, at-large bid-quality teams in the league.

History says that one of the easiest tasks during conference preview time has been to predict the Big 12 champ, where Kansas has won at least a share of the conference regular-season title every season since 2004-05. Just like last season, there's a viable contrarian approach here, but once again it's difficult to pick against the Jayhawks.