The Big 12 will get a big chance to redeem itself tonight at OU faces #3 Memphis in New York 8 PM ESPN2. This will be my first chance to see freshman phenom Derrick Rose and the Memphis Tigers. I've seen Memphis play in the NCAA tournament in each of the last two years: in Dallas in 2006 and in San Antonio in 2007. And for the record, the Tigers are my pick to cut down the nets in San Antonio in 2008.
Also, this was discussed briefly in the J'Covan Brown thread, but the Big 12 has started really flat. On Wednesday night, Sam Houston State beat Texas Tech, North Texas upset Oklahoma State, and Iowa State lost at Bradley. OUCH! Only the Aggies survived last night by defeating UTEP by five points at home to advance in the pre-season NIT.
Even with freshman Blake Griffin, the Sooners are probably outmanned tonight. But a win would really help the Big 12 in the vital RPI ratings that are already suffering. I'm intersted to see how much Jeff Capel's team has improved since last year. The Sooners were simply hard to watch on offense last season.