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Bill Self: Oklahoma State has Big 12's best roster

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09:52 AM ET 04.20 | Point guard deluxe Marcus Smart?'s decision to stay in school for his sophomore season has made Oklahoma State's basketball team the early odds-on favorite to win the 2013-14 Big 12 regular-season title. It's a league that has been dominated by Kansas University the past nine seasons. "I don't know who everybody returns, but based on their roster, no question Oklahoma State would have the best roster returning," KU coach Bill Self said. Self was featured speaker at Thursday's "Man 2 Man With Eric Berry" Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. "They may have had the best roster anyway (without Smart)," he added. "That was a big decision that I'm sure keyed other players making sure they stayed as well."

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April 20, 2013  02:03 PM ET

It's just so hard to replace that freshman leadership LOL!

April 20, 2013  11:25 PM ET

I doubt it. Kansas is just a better coached team. I trust Self to get the most out of his players and Kansas doesn't lack for talent. KU may have lost its starting lineup from last year, but Perry Ellis should be ready to play and incoming freshmen Wayne Selden and Joel Embiid are both likely to be impact players.

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April 21, 2013  12:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

It's just so hard to replace that freshman leadership LOL!

Haha, it actually does sound pretty ridiculous when you phrase it that way.

April 21, 2013  03:08 AM ET

How dare he say that the favorite is anyone but the moo cows! He's full of ****!

 
April 23, 2013  07:47 AM ET

Dudes (4 and 5). Who's a freshman? Smart's a Sophomore. There are no returning freshmen. You guys must have played for Snyder. And, while I "druther" to see Zero State do it, #3 is right. Self isn't a loser, and he'll get it done.

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