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Though it does not have the same feel as March Madness, many sports fans are excited because college basketball is back in full tilt as the start of the 2009-2010 regular season is underway. Many of the same questions surround this season as in year???s past; who are the favorites to make it into the Final Four, who are the preseason All-Americans, and what is the most dominant conference in the country? Though not all of those questions have clear-cut answers, with Kansas and Texas both playing in the same conference, it is hard to argue against the fact that the Big 12 has the most talent heading into this season. Imagine if one conference had two teams ranked top-five in the country. Imagine if one conference had five possible All-Americans. Imagine if one conference had many of the top recruited freshmen in the nation. Well you can stop imagining and turn your attention to the Big 12, as this year they possess all of those factors. Let???s just focus on Kansas and Texas for a moment and not even consider the other teams that play in the Big 12. Kansas has Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich, two players that were preseason All-Americans in the majority of poles at the start of the year. Texas has Damion James and Dexter Pittman, two players that were preseason Second Team All-Americans. Right there alone are four players who could make cases for being candidates for finishing as Player-of-the-Year. Now lets broaden our scope into some of the other teams within the conference that have players that are worthy of All-American consideration. Oklahoma has Willy Warren, who is expected to average close to 20 points per game this year, while Iowa State has Craig Brackins, who is also expected to put up similar numbers and could be a top pick in this year???s NBA draft. Those are two other players that add to the extensive repertoire of talent that represent the Big 12. According to ESPN, the Big 12, especially Kansas and Texas enjoy the numbers one and three. Kansas started the year ranked number one while Texas started the year ranked third. Texas has the number one ranked freshmen for 2009, while Kansas has the third ranked freshmen for this upcoming year. Adding to what are already two explosive teams, both of these clubs also have freshmen that they can build off of for the future. The Longhorns acquired the top rated Avery Bradley, who will add skill to the backcourt and is already considered one of the best defensive players in the nation. The Jayhawks now have Xavier Henry, who was suppose to add offensive firepower, but not many people expected him to lead his team in scoring on the early goings on the season, quite an impressive stat for joining an already loaded Kansas offense. These players have just started their freshmen year and they already have heads turning. Terrific players and amazing rookies are two aspects that the Big 12 dominates in, making them one of, if not the best conference in basketball. Sure there are other conferences that can make the same argument, but when you have two teams that could legitimately contend for an NCAA Championship, it is hard to direct your argument elsewhere. Not to mention there are an abundance of other teams within the conference that is soaring under the radar that could really surprise some people throughout the course of the season. Texas and Kansas lead the most dominant conference in all of college hoops for the 2009-2010 season. Be sure to check out my blog at http://notabandwagonfan.blogspot.com/2009/11/ncaa-basketball-kansas-and-texas-lead.html

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