Road warriors on fire in deep Big 12

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins yells out after a foul during an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, in Lubbock, Texas.

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins yells out after a foul during an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, in Lubbock, Texas.

By the time all 90 Big 12 games are played, obviously, the majority of games will be won by the home team.

But it’s going to be tougher than ever to turn back road warriors throughout the conference.

Even so, nobody could have predicted it would be as tough as it has been so far.

The road team won eight of the first nine Big 12 games. Oklahoma defeated Oklahoma State, 109-89, Wednesday night to join Texas Tech as the only conference schools to win a home game.

What’s up?

Is it just a case of more of the good teams playing on the road the first week?

“I don’t know what a better team is, to be honest,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said. “This is the hardest, best-coached, best league I’ve ever seen, from top to bottom. I think round-robin makes it that much harder. We don’t have a bottom. Somebody is going to end up at bottom, but put them in another league they’re not going to end up at bottom.”

Those were the words of a coach who has a view from the top. West Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas Tech are the only schools to get off to 2-0 starts.

The view from the bottom doesn’t look any different.

“It’s the No. 1 league in the country for a reason without a doubt,” Iowa State coach Steve Prohm said. “You you look back and there’s not an easy out in this league, home and on the road, 1 through 10, there is no bottom. Everybody’s good.”

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Dirk Medema

It is amazing that TTU and OU are the only teams to win at home. What may be even more important though is that they have road wins over KU and TCU - 2 teams projected to finish in the top half of the conference. That's been the key to winning the conference for the past decade.

In a different but related tangent - WVU is the one team with 2 road Ws though they're over bottom half teams. They're work hasn't begun yet.

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Kent Richardson

I'm not sold on any team yet. I haven't seen ISU or Baylor play. This conference is balanced in part because there is no dominant team.

One dominant player and maybe Bamba too if he keeps improving. No loaded rosters like Duke, Kentucky and Arizona not even close.

WVU is not as good a team as it was the last three years. Same with KU, Baylor, ISU, OSU.
TTU, KSU and TCU are just middling.

OU is not going to win the national championship. Not that good.

I am not talking about KU in this post because I get too negative too quick right now. How many years since we were really good inside? Been a while.

Maybe it's just the talent of the players but after Huggins I see average head coaching.

Kruger is just average and so are the head coaches at KSU, Texas, ISU, etc. Don't know about OSU yet and TCU's doesn't impress.

The one and done nature of the game may be partially at fault.

Guard play is down. Jevon Carter is way off. No top tier guards at where?

Most impressive players are some of the freshman guards but they are not point guards so it may be just the systems they play in.

Dean Wade looks really good.

This makes a case that if KU can get on par with the other nine teams down low maybe we are as good or better than anyone.

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