Wiggins' decision, though, makes it more likely Kansas can avoid that same fate.
It also gives the Big 12 - the fifth-best league by RPI last season - some of the best individual talent in the country. An ESPN preseason all-American team had Smart and Wiggins on its five-player first team, making the Big 12 the only league with multiple representatives on the team. And don't forget about Nash and Brown, or Baylor's dynamic duo of Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin.
By the way, the last Big 12 team not named Kansas to win the regular season title outright: Oklahoma State.
Wiggins' addition guarantees two things: Oklahoma State is no longer the hands-down favorite ... and there won't be an empty seat when Kansas visits Morgantown sometime after the New Year.
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A LESS BALLYHOOED basketball announcement that came Tuesday afternoon: WVU will play at Missouri on Dec. 5 as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
The Mountaineers have three remaining openings on its 2013-14 men's hoops schedule.
WVU will participate in the Cancun Classic with Wisconsin, Saint Louis and Old Dominion, which will give the program games against two of those three schools, plus two additional home games against lower-tier competition. That four-game exemption is one of 27 spots on WVU's 31-game schedule.
The Big 12 has an 18-game schedule (nine home, nine away), and WVU will play Gonzaga, Purdue and Duquesne at home, Virginia Tech on the road and Marshall in Charleston. The Cancun Classic and Big 12/SEC Challenge gives the Mountaineers 28 games: 14 at home and 14 away from the Coliseum, which includes the exempt event and the annual meeting with the Thundering Herd.
WVU has three non-conference openings left. As it tries to mitigate the brutal travel schedule of the Big 12, expect the remaining voids to be filled by home games or, perhaps, a nearby road game.
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