2012-13 Big 12 Power Rankings

Another year, another Bill Self team primed to win a conference title

Updated: July 24, 2012, 2:36 PM ET
By Fran Fraschilla | ESPN Insider
Bill SelfEthan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/MCT/Getty ImagesBill Self is set for another March Madness run at Kansas with Final Four talent returning to campus.

The new Big 12 finally has some stability after a wild ride through conference realignment the past two years.

It now has 10 teams, including newcomers West Virginia and TCU. And while Kansas and Texas will miss longtime rivals Missouri and Texas A&M, respectively, the league should continue to be a very strong basketball conference with the new rivalries.

TCU will start at the bottom but should integrate quickly into the Big 12, especially if it follows its football program's formula of mining the Dallas metroplex for its outstanding high school talent.

West Virginia's Bob Huggins has proven he can win in any league and already has done it once in this conference when he was at Kansas State. He'll make trips to Morgantown problematic for conference foes.

As usual, Kansas will lead the way as it shoots for a ninth straight Big 12 title under Bill Self. Texas, after a year hiatus, has reloaded and should be in contention as well.

1. Kansas Jayhawks

Fran Fraschilla is a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He formerly was the head coach at Manhattan, St. John's and New Mexico.