This article is part of our Conference Preview series.
For the first time since 2004, the Kansas Jayhawks did not hold at least a share of the regular season conference title. What made it even more shocking was that many were talking before the season that last season's squad might be even better than the 2018 team that reached the Final Four. Things did not play out that way, as Kansas struggled to find consistency after losing Udoka Azubuike early in the season. Instead it was the two most experienced teams that shared the Big 12 title, Kansas State and Texas Tech – who came so close to cutting down the nets in Minneapolis.
Kansas still has to be the favorites again this season with stars Devon Dotson and Azubuike returning, while also adding in consistent producers Marcus Garrett and Ochai Agbaji, marksman Iowa transfer Isaiah Moss, and Silvio De Sousa who was reinstated by the NCAA after missing all of last season. The other contenders have to include the usual suspects of Iowa State and Texas Tech, both of which lost significant contributors, but are buoyed by strong guards and impact transfers.
Oklahoma State hasn't been above .500 in conference play since 2013, but that might change this season, as they are the only team to bring back all five starters. The Cowboys will be led by Cameron McGriff and Lindy Waters, but sophomore's Isaac Likekele and Yor Anei will be just as important. They also feature likely the top deep-range threat in the conference in