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Bouncing Around the Big XII

Getting you caught up on the week that was, the week that is and how it affects the conference standings.

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Kansas toyed with our emotions looking vulnerable in their first half against Baylor. However, at the end of yet another week they remain two games up on second place, Iowa State, who continued their Monday road woes in Norman before breaking West Virginia at home Saturday.

Oklahoma State gets the WTF Award for the week by beating Baylor on the road to start the week and finishing with a 15 point loss to last place TCU. WTF, Cowboys?

The Week That Was:

Monday, February 9th

Iowa State (14) 83 - Oklahoma (17) 94

Norman is a tough place to play even if only 15 people care about the Sooner's basketball team.

Oklahoma State (21) 74 - Baylor (16) 65

First Kansas at home, then Baylor on the road; the Cowboys seemed to be peaking just in time for a strong finish...

Tuesday, February 10th

Kansas (8) 73 - Texas Tech 51

Nothing to see here.

Wednesday, February 11th

Kansas State 72 - West Virginia (21) 76

Not as ugly as the first time around at least.

TCU 43 - Texas 66

Just what the Longhorns needed, I'm sure.

Saturday, Lovey-Dovey Day

West Virginia (21) 59 - Iowa State (14) 79

Iowa State could have finally found their balance. Two upcoming road games will tell the tale.

Baylor (16) 64 - Kansas (8) 74

Oh, Baylor. You were so, kind of, close.

Oklahoma State (21) 55 - TCU 70

...and then this happens.

Texas Tech 41 - Texas 56

Hey, two wins in a row are two wins in a row regardless who the competition was.

Oklahoma (17) 56 - Kansas State 59

Thank you, Webbercats.

Players of the Week

Player(s) of the Week - Perry Ellis, Kansas and Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State

The Junior Forward for Kansas averaged 16.0 points and 7.5 boards during another undefeated week in conference play.

The Senior Forward for Oklahoma State scored 20.5 points and gathered 6.0 rebounds along with 2.0 steals during the Cowboy's up and down week.

Newcomer(s) of the Week - TaShawn Thomas, Oklahoma and Myles Turner, Texas

Thomas averaged 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 blocks for the Sooners.

Turner was almost as good, averaging 14.5 points and 8.0 rebounds for the Longhorns who hope to extend their current three game winning streak.

Game of the Week: Oklahoma @ Kansas State

Not sure the actual game was worth watching, but the outcome ceded second place back to Iowa State, so for that we thank you, Kansas State.

The Week That Is:

Monday, February 16th

Kansas (8) @ West Virginia (23) - 8:00 PM on ESPN

A win by West Virginia would open a third opportunity for Iowa State to take first place from the Jayhawks.

Tuesday, February 17th

Baylor (20) @ Texas Tech - 6:00 PM on ESPN2

The Bears have to be licking their chops for this opportunity after a difficult week that was.

Texas @ Oklahoma (17) - 8:00 PM on ESPN2

Texas' working vacation ends today.

Wednesday, February 18th

Kansas State @ TCU - 7:00 PM on some Fox channel

I don't blame ESPN for not wanting to air this one.

Iowa State (14) @ Oklahoma State (22) - 8:00 PM on ESPNU

Huge. Opportunity. Must. Win.

Saturday, February 21st

Oklahoma (17) @ Texas Tech - 11:00 AM on ESPN

Can Oklahoma regain second place, or will they already be there come Saturday?

Kansas State @ Baylor (20) - 12:00 PM on ESPNU

Will Foster's return be enough to push the ‘Cats past the Bears?

Iowa State (14) @ Texas - 1:00 PM on ESPN2

Probably Iowa State's best opportunity to beat Texas in Austin since the Big XII was formed (1-11). Are they tough enough to seize the moment?

West Virginia (23) @ Oklahoma State (22) - 1:00 PM on ESPN

The battle for the middle heats up.

TCU @ Kansas (8) - 3:00 PM on ESPN2

Make a To-Do List and accomplish it during this broadcast. You will thank yourself later.

Games of the Week

Kansas @ West Virginia - The Mountaineers have not been dominate in Morgantown, but it is still a hostile environment for travelling teams. Kansas has not played exceptionally well in those environments this season.

Which makes this next one even more important to Cyclone fans...

Iowa State @ Oklahoma State - The window of opportunity, if still present, must be pushed open a little further Wednesday night.


Iowa State @ Texas - Iowa State has not lost back to back games all season. They have also not played back to back road games since splitting with West Virginia and Baylor early in the conference season. There is no week bigger than this week. Well, except for the second and third weeks in March. And next week. But, for this week there is no bigger week than this week.

Conference Standings

Movin on Up

Oklahoma - Their week ending loss to K-State interrupted a five game winning streak. Their next three games are winnable before closing the season at Iowa State and at home with Kansas.

Oklahoma State - Another team from Oklahoma who had a potential eight game win streak broken by an unlikely loss to a bottom dweller. Still, the boys from Stillwater have the potential to win their remaining five games.

TCU - The race for the bottom is more intriguing than the battle for top dog, in my opinion. TCU climbs back to Second Not Worst this week with their upset victory over #21, Oklahoma State.

Not Looking Good

Baylor - Switching categories this week are the Baylor Bears who lost both games last week including one at home.

Texas Tech - First Worst


Conference Record

Last 5


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