More then any other conference in the country, uncertainty and unpredictability surround the Big 12 basketball season. There is no consensus choice to win the conference title like in the Big Ten as top teams like Texas and Kansas will take a step back. On the other hand, it should make for some exciting conference play with more teams thinking they realistically have a shot.

1 ) Baylor
The Bears have perhaps the conference’s best player in Perry Jones III. Quincy Acy and Quincy Miller complete a stellar frontcourt that will carry Baylor to the top.

2 ) Kansas
The Jayhawks lost a ton of talent to the draft but have breakout candidates Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson to step in and keep the team in contention.

3 ) Texas A&M
Another team that has a shot at the conference title, the Aggies have a top notch scoring duo in Khris Middleton and David Loubeau to go along with a solid roster.

4 ) Texas
The Longhorns won’t fall as far as some would think. Myck Kabongo is a stud freshman and J’Covan Brown will be the veteran leader, but a tough non-conference schedule will test them.

5 ) Missouri
New coach Frank Haith has several players returning from last year including all-conference talent Marcus Denmon. The loss of top defender Laurence Bowers will hurt.

6 ) Oklahoma State
Coach Travis Ford has a bit of work on his hands, trying to get this Cowboys team to play consistently. If he can do that, then the team could make the tourney.

7 ) Iowa State
The Cyclone roster is filled with transfers including Korie Lucious from Michigan State and Royce White from Minnesota. However, they have talent enough to contend for a tourney berth.

8 ) Kansas State
The loss of Jacob Pullen will hurt the Wildcats tremendously as he was a leader as well as a scorer. The team just has too many questions to overcome to be competitive.

9 ) Texas Tech
A widely agreed upon pick to be at the bottom of the conference, the Red Raiders nonetheless have coach Billy Gillispie  to coax production out of the roster.

10 ) Oklahoma
Lon Kruger will have a tough first year as there is a lack of talent on the roster and better teams in the upper tiers of the conference.