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A final look at the week that was and the week that determines who and where teams play in March.

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The final week of the regular season has come and gone. As Cyclone fans, we are left once again with plenty of "if only" moments, but still Iowa State enters the conference tournament as the #2 seed which is nothing to hang our heads over.

Kansas won the Big XII regular season title. Again. However, all records have been reset and a new season begins. The Big XII tournament, where Iowa State looks to win their second title in as many years, should be highly entertaining with five teams finishing within two games of the Jayhawks. To those of you heading to Kansas City to witness the games in person, you have my envy.

The Week That Was:

Monday, March 2nd

Baylor (14) 59 - Texas 61

Texas is playing like a team needing to win to save their season, and their coach. They have always had the talent. Couple that with a desire to win and it is certainly a team I would prefer to avoid.

Oklahoma (15) 33 - Iowa State (17) 59

As the score above would indicate, I choose to forget the first half of this game even happened. I can't imagine the Cyclones putting together a better half of basketball than this...

Tuesday, March 3rd

West Virginia (20) 69 - Kansas (9) 76

Kansas had a second half comeback of their own, overcoming a 14 point halftime deficit at home. Not nearly as impressive offensively, however, scoring only 33 second half points compared to Iowa State's 59. If only.

Wednesday, March 4th

TCU 70 - Oklahoma State 82

The Cowboys are heating up.

Friday, March 6th

Texas Tech 74 - Baylor (14) 77

Tech could also be a tough out this week if they get past the must-win Longhorns Wednesday.

Saturday, March 7th

Oklahoma State 72 - West Virginia (20) 81

The Cowboys are cooling down.

Kansas (9) 73 - Oklahoma (15) 75

I really hope Buddy Hield heralds the call of the NBA after OU's tournament runs have ended. The guy has far too much talent to hang around Norman any longer. A fantastic finish for a fantastic player. If only.

Kansas State 49 - Texas 62

Both coaches have seemingly lost political capital over the course of the regular season. Time for both to seek at least a short term extension in whatever postseason tournament comes calling.

Iowa State (17) 89 - TCU 76

...I guess I was wrong, by four points. If only.

Weekly Awards

Player of the Week - Georges Niang, Iowa State

Gorgeous Georges won his second POW award behind 42 (mostly second half) points and 12 total rebounds. To be honest, he probably should share this award with his point guard.

Newcomer of the Week - Anthony Hickey, Oklahoma State

Hickey left his mark (have I used this joke before?) on the week averaging 18.5 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds and 1.5 steals in games against TCU and West Virginia. This was the third, and final, Newcomer of the Week award for the OSU senior guard.

Season Awards

Coach of the Year - Bob Huggins, West Virginia

No real argument here unless you're a Kansas fan and think Self, finishing exactly where everyone thought they would, is more deserving. It is a shame he gets no respect.

Player of the Year - Buddy Hield, Oklahoma

Absolutely no problem with this. Go pro, Buddy. Go pro.

Defensive Player of the Year - Jameel McKay, Iowa State

Imagine what a full year with an eligible McKay will look like.

Sixth Man Award - Taurean Prince, Baylor

I hate Baylor.

Newcomer of the Year - TaShawn Thomas, Oklahoma

Thankfully, the NCAA didn't slow him down with questions of eligibility after his transfer from Houston.

Freshman of the Year - Myles Turner, Texas

Apparently, they didn't see enough game tape of our 7' freshman from Greece. Jobbed, I say.

All-Big 12 Team

First Team

Rico Gathers, Baylor Forward, Junior

Georges Niang, Iowa State Forward, Junior

Perry Ellis, Kansas Forward, Junior

Buddy Hield, Oklahoma Guard, Junior

Juwan Staten, West Virginia Guard, Senior

Why there aren't more Kansas players on this teams shows an anti-Jayhawk bias in the Big XII, clearly.

Second Team

Kenny Chery, Baylor Guard, Senior

Taurean Prince, Baylor Forward, Junior

Monte Morris, Iowa State Guard, Sophmore

Frank Mason III, Kansas Guard, Sophmore

Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State Forward, Senior

More Baylor players?

Third Team

Jameel McKay, Iowa State Forward, Junior

TaShawn Thomas, Oklahoma Forward, Senior

Phil Forte, Oklahoma State Guard, Junior

Isaiah Taylor, Texas Guard, Sophmore

Myles Turner, Texas Forward, Freshman

That's a pretty good third string.

For more awards, including All-Big XII Honorable Mention, All-Defensive Team and All-Newcomer Team, visit www.big12sports.com.

The Week That Is: Conference Tournament Schedule

Wednesday, March 11th

G1 - #8 Kansas State vs #9 TCU - 6:00 PM on ESPNU

G2 - #7 Texas vs #10 Texas Tech - 8:00 PM on ESPNU

Thursday, March 12th

G3 - #4 Baylor vs #5 West Virginia - 11:30 AM on ESPN2

G4 - #1 Kansas vs G1 Winner - 1:30 PM on ESPN2

G5 - #2 Iowa State vs G2 Winner - 6:00 PM on ESPNU

G6 - #3 Oklahoma vs #6 Oklahoma State - 8:00 PM on ESPNU

Friday, March 13th

G7 - G3 Winner vs G4 Winner - 6:00 PM on ESPN or ESPN2

G8 - G5 Winner vs G6 Winner - 8:00 PM on ESPN or ESPN2

Saturday, March 14th

G9 - G7 Winner vs G8 Winner - 5:00 PM on ESPN

Final Conference Standings

Team*

Conference Record

Last 5

Streak

Next Up

Kansas (1)

13-5

3-2

L1

B12T G4

Iowa State (2)

12-6

3-2

W2

B12T G5

Oklahoma (3)

12-6

4-1

W1

OSU (6)

Baylor (4)

11-7

4-1

W1

WVU (5)

West Virginia (5)

11-7

3-2

W1

BU (4)

Oklahoma State (6)

8-10

1-4

L1

OU (3)

Texas (7)

8-10

2-3

W2

TTU (10)

Kansas State (8)

8-10

2-3

L1

TCU (9)

TCU (9)

4-14

1-4

L3

KSU (8)

Texas Tech (10)

3-15

1-4

L1

UT (7)

* Seeding in parentheses