Dec 25, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; Iowa State Cyclones forward Melvin Ejim (3) makes a pass against the Boise State Broncos during the first half of the NCAA basketball Diamond Head Classic championship match at the Stan Sheriff Center. Mandatory Credit: Marco Garcia-USA TODAY Sports

Big 12 Men's Hoops Counts Down To Head-On Battle Royal

The Big 12 basketball calendar counts down to the New Year with 11 games between now and New Year’s Day that look like mere season tune-ups rather than a midseason transition to what us shaping up to be one of the most competitive conference races in quite a few years.

The next four days should result in a clean sweep for the Big 12. If, in fact, that happens, the Big 12 will raise its overall record against nonconference opponents to 104-24, a winning percentage of .830, the second best of any college conference in the country. And the 24 losses is the fewest of any conference.

An even more impressive statistic is that the top five teams in the conference standings (Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas) have a combined won-loss record of 53-5.

The Big 12 is one of only three conferences in the country with every team in the league carrying a winning percentage of .583 or better.

The Big 12 remains the No. 1 conference in the Ratings Percentage Index rankings, with six conference teams ranked in the top 30.

Four Big 12 teams (Oklahoma State, Baylor, Iowa State and Kansas) are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, again the most of any conference in the country.

Three teams from the Big 12 are among the country’s highest scoring teams. Iowa State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are all in the top 11 in scoring, and Iowa State is No, 2 in the country in this category, averaging 87.2 points per game.

In the inaugual season of the Big 12-SEC Basketball Challenge, the Big 12 came out on top 7-3. The Big 12 is 89-76 (.539) against the SEC in its 18-year history.

And the real fun begins next weekend, as the Big 12 tips off its conference season with four games scheduled, including Oklahoma at Texas and Oklahoma State at Kansas State.

Let the good times roll.

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