Big 12 College Basketball Prediction, Odds and Preview

Baylor will get a chance to defend its National Championship in the upcoming college basketball season.
Baylor will get a chance to defend its National Championship in the upcoming college basketball season. / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The 2020-21 men’s college basketball national champion reigned from the Big 12 conference, as the Baylor Bears got past the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the finals of the March Madness tournament to win the first title in school history.

Baylor was also the regular season champion of the conference, but were upset by Oklahoma State in the semi-finals. The Texas Longhorns went on to win the conference tournament, but were then taken out by Abiliene Christian in one of the biggest upsets of March Madness.

As we get ready for the 2021-22 college basketball season, the Big 12 is expected to once again be one of the more competitive conferences in the country.

Here are the odds to be the Big 12 regular season champion, courtesy of WynnBET Sportsbook.

Odds to Win the College Basketball Big 12

  • Kansas +200
  • Texas +250
  • Baylor +450
  • Texas Tech +800
  • West Virginia +1200
  • Oklahoma +1500
  • Oklahoma State +1500
  • TCU +10000
  • Iowa State +20000
  • Kansas State +20000

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Can Kansas Regain Big 12 Dominance?

The Kansas Jayhawks have been the kings of the Big 12 for a long time, but faltered last season, finishing second in the Big 12 in the regular season before falling to USC in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Four of their five starters from last season will return this year, but the addition of Remy Martin from Arizona State will prove to be a pivotal addition that should help out their scoring. The Jayhawks finished 196th in effective FG% last season, so an improvement in that area will be key if they want to be serious contender this season.

Don’t Expect Baylor to Repeat

Baylor had an amazing run on their way to a national championship last season, but don’t expect them to be the same powerhouse in the 2021-22 campaign. They lost key starters from last year’s team, most notably Jared Butler, Davion Mitchell, and MaCio Teague.

Flo Thamba is the only starter from last year that will be back for another season. Arizona transfer James Akinjo and five-star recruit Kendall Brown will both play key roles for the Bears this season, but it won’t be enough for them to dominate like they did a year ago.

Big 12 Prediction: Texas +250

The Texas Longhorns were one of the best teams in the country a year ago, but their turnover issues proved to be their undoing. With Chris Beard now at the helm, I expect that issue to be fixed this time around.

The Longhorns also snagged five of the top transfers in college basketball, including Timmy Allen, Tre Mitchell, and Marcus Carr. They should have the most talented roster in the conference, and I expect them to go on a deep run in March.