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Quick Shots About Big 12 Basketball
April 13, 2012
Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

Basketball news and notes:

* The Oklahoma Senate passed a resolution Thursday honoring Oklahoma State's women's basketball team for winning the Women's NIT. Gov. Mary Fallin, wearing an orange blazer, spoke to the team on the senate floor and told the players they represent the "true Oklahoma spirit that makes our state great." Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke, assistant Miranda Serna and two others died in a plane crash last November. Under coach Jim Littell, the Cowgirls finished 22-12.

* The inaugural Big Four Classic will be played Dec. 15 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines and will feature Iowa's four Division I basketball teams. Iowa State will face Drake and Iowa will play Northern Iowa this season. The event is scheduled for the next four seasons. This year's match-ups will be repeated in 2014. Iowa State will play UNI and Iowa will square off against Drake in 2013 and again in 2015.  The four schools will alternate serving as event host.  Iowa will serve as host to the inaugural event.

* Kansas State is the Big 12 Conference representative named winner of the NCAA "Pack The House" promotion. K-State is one of 33 winners of the national initiative in which conferences and institutions compete to build attendance for women's basketball. When Kansas State faced Baylor on Feb. 4, the game drew a season-high 12,528 fans to Bramlage Coliseum.

* Rick Bozich, columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal, writes that there television networks are interested in a Kansas-Indiana game next season. Both teams figure to start the 2012-13 season ranked in the top five. Plus, the Jayhawks and the Hoosiers haven't played since December of 1995.

If Kansas and Indiana is scheduled, it could mean that the Kentucky-Indiana series might go on hiatus. The Wildcats want to continue playing the Hoosiers, but at neutral sites. 

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