Big 12 hoops could be winner in latest conference shuffle

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Pittsburg State guard Tyler Hawkins (24) looks to pass as he is pressured by Kansas State’s Mark Smith (13) during the second half of an exhibition NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021, in Manhattan, Kan. Kansas State won 78-59. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Nobody disputes that conference realignment has been driven by the big money from football.

But while losing Oklahoma and Texas takes some shine off the Big 12, the league’s coaches believe the addition of Houston, Cincinnati, BYU and Central Florida could make what already is one of the toughest leagues in the country even tougher.

Nothing comes without consequences, though, and the Big 12′s gain will have ripple effects on mid-majors from the east coast to the west.

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