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Bouncing Around the Big 12: Mountaineering Edition

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West Virginia made a statement in Ames on Big Monday and sits alone at the top of the best conference in college basketball. Their position is far from secure, however, with another key match-up in Lawrence Tuesday night and only two games separating them from 5th place.

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The Week That Was:

Monday, February 1st

Texas 67 – (15) Baylor 59

Tuesday, February 2nd

TCU 72 – (1) Oklahoma 95

(14) West Virginia 81 – (13) Iowa State 76

Wednesday, February 3rd

Oklahoma State 67 – Texas Tech 63 (OT)

Kansas State 59 – (7) Kansas 77

Saturday, February 6th

(7) Kansas 75 – TCU 56

Texas Tech 59 – Texas 69

(13) Iowa State 64 – Oklahoma State 59

(1) Oklahoma 69 – Kansas State 80

(15) Baylor 69 – (14) West Virginia 80

Player of the Week – Jaysean Paige, Guard, West Virginia

The senior guard led the Mountaineers to two tough victories at Ames and in Morgantown against #15 Baylor, averaging 20 points per game. The two wins left West Virginia alone at the top of the standings.

Newcomer of the Week – Dean Wade, Forward, Kansas State

This is the second time the freshman forward from K-State has earned this honor, this time, largely due to his performance in the Wildcats’ upset of #1 Oklahoma in Manhattan on Saturday (17 points on 7-11 shooting off the bench).

The Week That Is:

Monday, February 8th

Oklahoma State @ TCU – 6:00 PM on ESPNU

(24) Texas @ (3) Oklahoma – 8:00 PM on ESPN

Tuesday, February 9th

(10) West Virginia @ (6) Kansas – 6:00 PM on ESPN2

Wednesday, February 10th

(21) Baylor @ Kansas State – 7:15 PM on ESPN News

(15) Iowa State @ Texas Tech – 8:00 PM on ESPNU

Saturday, February 13th

TCU @ (10) West Virginia – 11:00 AM on ESPNU

Kansas State @ Oklahoma State – 12:00 PM on ESPN News

(6) Kansas @ (3) Oklahoma – 1:00 PM on ESPN

Texas Tech @ (21) Baylor – 7:00 PM on ESPNU

(24) Texas @ (15) Iowa State – 7:30 PM on ESPN

Conference Standings

Movin on Up

TexasI thought the Longhorns deserved to be ranked heading into last week and two strong performances should have them in today. This week they face two terribly challenging road games at Oklahoma and Iowa State. A split is probably all they can hope for, but they are playing at peak level right now .

West Virginia – The Mountaineers took advantage of the big stage last Monday night to do what not many can boast; win in Ames. A thrashing of Baylor in Morgantown on Saturday leaves West Virginia alone in first place although possibly not for long as they head to Lawrence on Tuesday night.

Not Looking Good

Baylor – Baylor lost both Big 12 games last week, in Waco to a surging Texas squad and on the road in Morgantown. This week should be a little easier but, as Oklahoma can attest, Manhattan, KS, is no place to take a breather.

Oklahoma State – The only intriguing storyline in Stillwater right now is to see how long Travis Ford can keep his job. My guess is not long, but I’ve been saying that for a while now, so.

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Conference Record


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Next Up


(10) West Virginia

8-2

4-1

W2

@KU, TCU

(3) Oklahoma

7-3

4-1

L1

UT, KU

(6) Kansas

7-3

4-1

W3

WVU, @OU

(24) Texas

7-3

4-1

W4

@OU, @ISU

(21) Baylor

6-4

3-2

L2

@KSU, TTU

(15) Iowa State

6-4

3-2

W1

@TTU, UT

Kansas State

3-7

3-2

W1

BU,@OSU

Texas Tech

3-7

1-4

L1

ISU, @BU

Oklahoma State

2-8

1-4

L2

@TCU, KSU

TCU

1-9

1-4

L2

OSU, @WVU