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Frank Martin Addresses New Big 12, Defectors

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Kellis Robinett of the Kansas City Star quotes Kansas State’s head basketball coach, Frank Martin, on his thoughts regarding the now-smaller 10 team Big 12 conference.

“The Big 12 is a great league that just got better,” Martin said. “… Having a lot of teams doesn’t necessarily make a power league, because you’ve got a huge discrepancy between the top-tier teams and the lower-tier teams. Our league right now is pretty evenly matched 1-10.”

With every team potentially playing the other nine twice in a double round robin, he sees the new Big 12 being a much more competitive conference.
“Now the South can’t complain that in basketball they play each other twice and us once,” Martin said. “We’ve got to play each other twice now. It’s as evenly laid out as it can possibly be.”

Robinett also provides Martin’s parting shots for Nebraska and Colorado, the conference’s two defectors.

“I don’t care about them.”