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Bouncing Around the Big XII

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Showing you the week that was, the week that is and where the teams sit going into the final month of conference play.

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Only one more month until March and the Big XII Title is still very much up for grabs. Kansas maintains their hold on the top spot with another blemish free week behind them, but a Big Monday matchup with your Iowa State Cyclones could threaten their position.

The gap between second and fourth sits at two games, which is not insurmountable with half the round robin format left to be played; however more teams than just Iowa State will need to challenge Kansas if their reign is to end this year.

The Week That Was:

Monday, January 27th

Texas (19) 86 – Iowa State (15) 89

We witnessed dominance and letdown; most importantly we witnessed a win.

Tuesday, January 28th

West Virginia (17) 65 – Kansas State 59

U-G-L-Y, you ain’t got no alibi!

Baylor (20) 53 – Oklahoma State 64

I’m guessing there were more people inside Oklahoma Joe’s than GIA Tuesday night.

Wednesday, January 29th

Texas Tech 36 – Oklahoma (24) 81

Iowa State expended all of TTU’s offense on Saturday. You’re welcome, Sooner basketball fan.

Kansas (9) 64 – TCU 61

TCU will not go quietly into the night.

Saturday, January 31st

Kansas State 57 – Kansas (9) 68

Kansas’ lone loss remains on the road in Ames. The rematch in Lawrence once again provides ISU a shot to tie for the conference lead.

TCU 66 – Iowa State (15) 83

The game, at least half of it, everyone wanted to see.

Texas Tech 58 – West Virginia (17) 77

Hey, WVU, finish a game on time, will ya?

Texas (19) 60 – Baylor (20) 83

Yet another team who used up their entire offensive production against Iowa State, leaving them lacking in their follow up game.

Oklahoma (24) 64 – Oklahoma State 56

Poor Poke fans.

Players of the Week

Player of the WeekRyan Spangler, Oklahoma

The Junior Forward averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in wins over Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.

Newcomer of the WeekBryce Dejean-Jones, Iowa State

BDJ averaged 17.0 points in wins over Texas and TCU while shooting .769 (10 of 13) in the comfy confines of Hilton Coliseum. He will need to take that show on the road tonight for Iowa State to reclaim their stake at the top of the conference standings.

Game of the Week

Oklahoma @ Oklahoma State – A scary second half from the Sooners. OSU’s lack of any sort of scoring depth will be their undoing. Well, that and their coach.

The Week That Is:

Monday, February 2nd

Iowa State (11) @ Kansas (8) – 8:00 PM on ESPN

Tuesday, February 3rd

West Virginia (15) @ Oklahoma (21) – 7:00 PM on ESPN2

Wednesday, February 4th

Oklahoma State @ Texas (25) – 7:00 PM on Longhorn Network or ESPN3

TCU @ Baylor (19) – 7:30 PM on ESPN News

Kansas State @ Texas Tech – 8:00 PM on ESPNU

Saturday, February 7th

Baylor (19) @ West Virginia (15) – 11:00 AM on ESPNU

Kansas (8) @ Oklahoma State – 1:00 PM on ESPN

Texas Tech @ Iowa State (11) – 1:00 PM on ESPNU

Oklahoma (21) @ TCU – 2:00 PM on ESPN News

Texas (25) @ Kansas State – 3:00 PM on ESPN

Game of the Week

Iowa State @ Kansas

And it isn’t even close.

But also...

WVU @ Oklahoma

Kansas @ Oklahoma State

Both games, if they go the way they need to, could help Iowa State get into sole possession of first place.

And, also…

Texas Tech @ Iowa State

Because it could get ugly.

Conference Standings

Moving on Up

Oklahoma – At 5-4, Oklahoma seems to be all but out of contention for the title, but the Sooners still have a home and home matchup with Iowa State and a season ending home contest with Kansas looming on their schedule. Win those, and keep themselves from making any mistakes against the rest of their foes, and the title could still be theirs.

West Virginia – The Mountaineers have won three straight since a road loss to Texas, but only the road win at K-State was truly impressive. Still they sit at 6-2 in conference play and are tied with Iowa State for 2nd place. Tuesday’s matchup in Norman is pivotal if WVU wants to stay in the hunt.

Not Looking Good

Texas – This could be the beginning of the end of the Rick Barnes era, which is a shame.

Oklahoma State – This could finally be the end of the Travis Ford era, which may be a relief for many Cowboy fans.

Team


Conference Record


Last 5


Streak


Kansas (8)

7-1

4-1

W4

West Virginia (15)

6-2

4-1

W3

Iowa State (11)

6-2

4-1

W2

Oklahoma (21)

5-4

3-2

W2

Kansas State

5-4

2-3

L2

Baylor (19)

4-4

3-2

W1

Oklahoma State

4-5

3-2

L1

Texas (25)

3-5

2-3

L3

TCU

1-7

1-4

L4

Taco Tech

1-8

1-4

L2