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12 Famous Alumni We Hope to See
Sammy Ryan, Kansas
Kansas' favorite porn star got comps to the Border War a couple of years ago. We hope she makes it to the Sprint Center.
T. Boone Pickens, Oklahoma State
Maybe ol' moneybags will be hobnobbing with fellow Cowboy alums Garth Brooks and Cerner CEO Neal Patterson.
Brad Leland, Texas Tech
The Friday Night Lights actor (Buddy!) needs to give his Red Raiders a clear-eyes, full-hearts pep talk.
Jon Hamm, Missouri
Anyone who has watched a Missouri basketball game has seen Hamm (Mad Men's Don Draper) in those awful "Miz-Zou" commercials. Now he's the pouty-faced Mizzou fan in the photo meme after the final Border War game at Allen Fieldhouse.
Olivia Munn, Oklahoma
The comedian dressed up as slave Princess Leia for G4. There's really nothing more to say.
Jason Sudeikis, Kansas
Speaking of the meme, Sudeikis, wearing a KU cap, is all smiles in the photo. Could Sudeikis and poker buddy Paul Rudd be Rock Chalking?
Eric Stonestreet, Kansas State
There isn't a prouder celebrity Cat backer than Stonestreet, an Emmy winner for his role on the ABC comedy Modern Family.
Jeff Dunham and Ken Starr, Baylor
Two solid reasons to root against the Bears.
Rip Torn, Texas A&M
Did someone mention pep talks? Dodgeball's Patches O'Houlihan needs to throw some wrenches to fire up the Aggie ballers.
Wes Anderson, Texas
If only the quirky director and pal Owen Wilson would hook 'em in Kansas City.
Cy, Iowa State
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley isn't coming to the games (we think), so the best the Cyclones can do is a giant red bird.
10 Former Players and Coaches to Watch For
Danny Manning, Kansas
Now an assistant coach at KU, Manning won only one Big Eight Tournament Championship (1986). But he has something few have: the 1988 National Championship.
Doug Gottlieb, Oklahoma State
The ESPN analyst is one of the best passers in Big 12 history and used to hold the record for assists in a tournament game (14 in the 2000 tournament).
Steve Henson, Oklahoma
Kansas State's all-time leader in assists now sits on the Oklahoma Sooners' bench as an assistant for Lon Kruger. In the 1988 Big Eight Tournament Championship game, Henson's Wildcats fell to the Sooners.
Jon Sundvold, Missouri
The former Mizzou shooting guard can now be heard on Big 12 broadcasts. As a player, Sundvold won one Big Eight Tournament Championship (1982).
Armstrong has been calling Big 12 basketball games since the conference's inception. He'll always be remembered for his pairing with the late Paul Splittorff.
Bob Knight, Texas Tech
The volatile former Texas Tech and Indiana coach doesn't throw chairs anymore. Instead, he slings idiotic quips on Big 12 broadcasts with Brent Musburger.
Darren Kent, Kansas State
The former Wildcat forward is now a graduate manager on Frank Martin's staff.
The voice of the Chiefs is calling Big 12 games with former Indiana star Miles Simon.
If you see Big 12 interim commissioner Chuck Neinas, ask him why Texas A&M and Missouri are paying only $12 million apiece to leave the conference.
Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State
The second-year coach and former Iowa State star is known as "the Mayor" to Cyclone fans. He has pieced together a top-seeded team from big-time transfers.