I’m a lot like the entire Big 12 in that I tend to be a bit of a homebody.

I don’t really like leaving my house, especially when it turns to winter and gets cold outside. Iowa State can relate. The Cyclones went 0-10 on the road in conference this season. Yikes.

In fact, the whole Big 12 couldn’t get it done in someone else’s building this year, combining to go 28-62 on the road in conference play.


Because home court was so valuable, we saw blowout upsets that, in a vacuum, seemed quite unexpected. West Virginia went to Hilton and lost by 16 to the Cyclones. Huh? Texas Tech went there and lost by 18, too. Trae Young and a then-rolling Oklahoma squad went to Manhattan and got dump-trucked by Kansas State.

So as we head toward the Big 12 Tournament, which most assuredly will NOT be played on any team’s home court (it will instead be in Kansas City), it begs the question: Who can be counted on in this spot?


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Jan 15, 2018; Morgantown, WV, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers forward Sagaba Konate (50) looks to make a move while defended by Kansas Jayhawks guard Devonte’ Graham (4) during the first half at WVU Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

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