With seven Big 12 teams in the top 55 in RPI, and five teams in the top 25 in this week’s Associated Press poll, it is hard to dispute the Big 12’s claim to the best basketball conference in the country.
RPI, which stands for ratings percentage index, measures not only a team’s won-loss record but also factors that against the won-loss record of that team’s opponents, which some refer to as strength of schedule. RPI not only reflects who you are beating, but the quality of the teams your opponents are winning and losing against.
Just last week, six of the 10 conference teams were ranked among the nation’s top 25 teams. That tied the most ranked teams from the Big 12 in any one week and was the first time since the conference became a 10-team league that as many as six of the teams have been ranked at the same time.
The Big 12 is also the top scoring conference in college basketball. The 10 Big 12 teams were averaging 77 points a game entering play this week.
Here are some other intersting fact and figures that reflect on the 2013-14 men’s basketball season in the Big 12:
3 – Wins by Oklahoma this season against teams ranked in the top-12 nationally when the Sooners played them.
5 – Consecutive losses by Baylor after losing by two Tuesday night to West Virginia, the Bears’ third straight loss at home after compiling a 13-game home winning streak. Baylor was once 13-1 this season and ranked as high as No. 7 in the country.
16 – Kansas has outrebounded 16 of the 19 teams it has faced this season, including five of its six Big 12 opponents.
16.8 – Average scoring margin by Oklahoma State in ots 16 wins this season, best in the Big 12
33.9 – Field-goal percentage by Texas Tech in its 66-58 loss at Kansas State on Tuesday. That is the Red Raiders’ worst shooting performance this season.
37 - Wins by Kansas State under head coach Bruce Weber out of 39 games when the Cats have lead at halftime. K-State is 13-1 this season when leading at the half.
42 – Free throws attempted by Oklahoma Monday in its upset win over No. 8 Oklahoma State. The Sooners, the second best free-throw-shooting team in the conference3, made 30 of the 42 free throws for a percentage of .714.
80 – Kansas has scored at least 80 points in 12 of its 15 wins this season, including four of its six Big 12 wins as of Tuesday. Yet the Jayhawks are only fourth best as a team in Big 12 scoring.
100 – Shooting percentage by Oklahoma State’s Phil Forte in making all six of his three-point attempts against Oklahoma.
7,494 – Attendance at TCU’s Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Saturday for the Horned Frogs’ game with Kansas, a new school record, eclipsing last season’s game against the Jayhawks that drew 7,412.