Saturday, September 24

12 Great Basketball Rankings, Preview for 2021-22

As part of Illustrated SportsIn previewing the 2021-22 men’s college basketball season, we are breaking down each of the seven major conferences (CAA, ACC, Big 12, Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC), plus “the best of the rest.” Everything will be complete with the breakdown of each team by our analyst, plus a projected finish order drawn from SI’s 1-358 master rankings, to be revealed prior to the start of the season. Next is the Big 12.

The panorama

The Big 12 has been an NCAA men’s tournament powerhouse in recent years, with Baylor’s national championship team last season marking the fourth conference Final Four entrant in the past five tournaments. That impressive stretch could continue in 2022. Kansas should be back on track as a potential final weekend team, and a flood of transfers and the arrival of Chris Beard could turn Texas from a tournament scapegoat to a title contender.

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