Big 12 Notebook: A Year End Review
Due to COVID-19, the 2019-20 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship was cancelled after the two first round games as well as all other postseason tournaments, bringing the 2019-20 season to an early end.
• In 2019-20 final ratings, the Big 12 led the nation in non-conference strength of schedule and was second in NET ranking, overall strength of schedule and Division 1 win percentage.
• The Big 12 has led the nation in NET (2019)/RPI (prior to 2019) ratings in five of the last seven seasons and was second the other two years.
• Kansas’ regular season championship was its 19th Big 12 title and NCAA record 62nd overall. With a 17-1 league mark, the Jayhawks finished 2019-20 Big 12 play two games ahead of second place Baylor for their 15th outright Big 12 title.
• 2019-20 was the first year that a one-loss conference champion has been crowned since the league schedule expanded to 18 games in 2011-12. The last conference champion with just one blemish was the 2009-10 Kansas team (15-1). Additionally, KU completed league games undefeated on the road for the first time since 2001-02.
• Baylor’s outright second place conference finish, leading to a No. 2 Championship seed, was its highest in program history.
• Four current Big 12 members have won Big 12 postseason crowns. The Jayhawks have the most with an 11-3 record in the championship game while Iowa State is second with five titles in five championship game appearances. Oklahoma has won three championships while Oklahoma State has two.
• Kansas finished the 2019-20 abbreviated season ranked second in the NCAA “NET” rankings while the Big 12 was ranked second in the conference listing. Three other teams were in the top 25 with No. 5 Baylor, No. 17 West Virginia and No. 22 Texas Tech. Oklahoma was ranked at No. 46.
• In the final NET rankings, the Big 12 was the only league with two teams in the top 5, and one of just two conferences (Big East) with four teams in the top 22 and all teams within the top 100.
• Kansas led the nation with 12 Quad 1 wins while Baylor was second with 11 Quad 1 wins in 2019-20.
• Kansas finished the 2019-20 season in the top spot in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches final polls. Baylor was ranked No. 4 in the coaches poll and No. 5 in the AP while West Virginia finished at No. 24 in both. Texas Tech received votes in each poll.
• 2019-20 marks the third season (2001-02 and 2002-03) that the Big 12 had two teams in the top five in the final polls. Kansas was ranked No. 1 in both polls for the final four weeks (five weeks overall) of the 2019-20 season. It marks the third time the Jayhawks ended the season first in the AP edition and second in the coaches ratings.
• The Big 12 held the top spot in the national polls the final nine weeks of the season, beginning Jan. 20, 2020. Baylor was rated first for five consecutive weeks before KU. The Jayhawks have been ranked No. 1 a total of 74 weeks all-time in the AP Poll and 66 in the coaches poll.
• The Feb. 24, 2020 poll (Kansas and Baylor) marked the third week in Big 12 history that different conference teams were ranked in back-to-back weeks at No. 1 in the AP Poll. The previous two occasions were January 11 & 18, 2016 (Kansas and Oklahoma) and January 4 & 11, 2010 (Kansas and Texas). Prior to February 24 (No. 1 Kansas and No. 2 Baylor), the last week the Big 12 had the top two teams in the AP Poll was on January 9, 2017 (No. 1 Baylor and No. 2 Kansas).
• The Big 12 is one of two leagues (Big East) in which every team had at least one win over an AP top 25 opponent in 2019-20. Baylor’s six wins over ranked teams were one off the national-high of seven.
• The Big 12 had three of the top four defensive teams and four of the best nine according to KenPom.com – 2. Kansas, 3. West Virginia, 4. Baylor and 9. Texas Tech. The AAC was the only other league that had at least two teams in the top 10.
• Kansas’ 2019-20 schedule was rated as the toughest in the nation while West Virginia’s slate was second. The Big 12’s average strength of schedule was 28.4 – second among the conferences.
• The Big 12 held opponents to a nation-low average of 64.7 ppg in 2019-20. Non-conference opponents were held to 64.2 ppg.
• Baylor’s school and Big 12-record 23-game win streak came to an end with a three-point loss to Kansas on Feb. 22, 2020. The streak stretched from November 15, 2019 to February 18, 2020. The Bears’ 13-0 start in conference games tied for second with the 2009-10 Kansas team. KU holds the top spot at 16-0 in 2001-02.