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“There’s a lot of ground to make up for everybody,” Self said. “Kansas could make up ground. Everybody could make up ground moving forward because it looks so wide open to me.”

Texas A&M athletic director Bill Byrne said he’s confident the Aggies can continue on the roll they’ve been on since Gillispie, Turgeon’s predecessor, took over in College Station in 2004. Turgeon took the Aggies to the NCAA tournament the last four years.

“The good thing about this compared to when we hired Billy and when we hired Mark is that we have built ourselves a basketball fan base and we’ve built ourselves some incredible facilities,” Byrne said. “So going out and attracting a great coach to Texas A&M is going to be a lot easier.”

Another change in 2011-12 will be the league’s round-robin schedule. It requires each team to play every conference opponent once on the road and once at home. Previously, teams played home-and-home against members of its own division and met opponents in the opposite division once.

“It’s going to be wild and it’s going to be harder,” Self said. “Protecting your home court is going to be more important now. You protect your home court and you go 8-0 at home, and split on the road, that will look like a pretty good record.”


AP Sports Writer Doug Tucker in Kansas City, Mo., contributed to this report.