The Big 12 continues to expand adding Northern Iowa and Fresno State, bringing their numbers equal to that claimed in the conference's name. After dwindling to four teams when Nebraska and Missouri left, the Big 12 added six former Western Wrestling Conference teams for the past two post-season tournaments before expanding again this off-season. Even with all the change, the league has seen in recent seasons, some things have remained the same. Oklahoma State has won the last five conference tournaments and has been crowned champions 14 times since the conference was founded in 1997. The Cowboys are favored to win yet another Big 12 title in 2018, but the 11 other schools should put up much more of a fight than they did last season. Northern Iowa is a strong team that finished second in the MAC a season ago, there is new leadership at Iowa State, Oklahoma's new staff had their first full off-season to work, South Dakota State is as good as they've ever been, and there are improvements everywhere you look across the conference. The Big 12 tournament is back in Tulsa, Oklahoma once again this March. It will be interesting to see just how much these teams can close the gap on the Cowboys.
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