While Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby told the media on Monday that most presidents and chancellors don't want the conference to expand, it seems that a strong majority of the players do. According to Max Olson of ESPN, 88 percent of players polled said that the Big 12 should expand and add more schools.
The poll also asked which team they would like to see join the Big 12. Texas A&M came in first with 22 percent of the vote, although it's unlikely the Aggies would return to the conference after leaving for the SEC. BYU came in second with 17 percent. Houston and another former Big 12 team Nebraska tied for third with 11 percent. The rest of the responses received one vote each, which included Arkansas, Boise State, Missouri, Oregon, Texas State, Central Florida and USC.
Players also picked TCU as the team to beat this season (62 percent), and chose Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder as the opposing Big 12 coach they respect the most (33 percent).
Utah basketball to play Texas Tech in Puerto Rico
The Utah Utes basketball team will play Texas Tech to open the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, according to ESPN.
ESPN's Andy Katz believes that the Utes could play Butler in the final. "Big East surprise Butler and Utah, which made the Sweet 16 last season, are the two headliners of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and could be headed for a title-game showdown, based on matchups that multiple sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday night."
Butler made it to the Round of 32 last season after going 23-11 last season. Meanwhile, Texas Tech finished dead last in the Big 12 last season with a 13-19 record.
BYU to play Harvard in Hawaii
Speaking of playing in exotic locations, BYU basketball will reportedly play the Harvard Crimson in the opening round of the Diamond Head Classic on Dec. 22 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports tweeted on Tuesday, "1st-round matchups for 2015 Diamond Head Classic are set, sources told @CBSSports. Oklahoma-WSU, UNI-Hawaii, BYU-Harvard, Auburn-New Mexico."
Harvard went 22-8 last season and claimed the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The Crimson fell 67-65 to North Carolina in the second round.
The bracket has not yet been released, but other teams that received invites include UNI and Oklahoma, both of which advanced past the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Sooners advanced to the Sweet Sixteen before Michigan State bounced them out of the tournament.
Trey Burke says next season will be best yet
Trey Burke seems to be plenty optimistic about the upcoming season for the Jazz.
"Definitely will not only be my best season yet, but my team's best, too," Burke told James Johnson of the Detroit Free Press. On a scale of 1-10, Burke said that, "We are a solid 8. We will be OK and hopefully have a spot in the playoffs."
That's welcome news as the Jazz haven't been to the NBA playoffs since the 2011-12 season.
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