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Big 12 teams beating up each other ahead of NCAAs

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Kansas forward Tarik Black comes up with the ball between four Oklahoma defenders including forward Ryan Spangler, left, and guard Je’lon Hornbeak, right, during the first half of a Big 12 Conference basketball game in Lawrence on Monday night.

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LAWRENCE — After two months spent mostly bludgeoning each other into submission, coaches in the Big 12 are starting to cast a wary eye toward the NCAA tournament.
Many of them are nervous.
While other conferences may have a handful of standout teams, there are usually a few bottom-dwellers that everybody else can use to pad their records. That’s not the case in the Big 12, with its grueling double round-robin schedule, where even good teams are piling up losses.
“It’s going to be interesting to see how it all plays out,” Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I ...

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