Wednesday night proved just how exciting Big 12 basketball can be, regardless of where a team may be in the standings. Both games on the opening day of the Big 12 Tournament came down to the final minute before deciding a winner.
Kansas State 75 Oklahoma State 71
This game was heading toward a blowout at halftime, with the Kansas State Wildcats up 17 points. But Travis Ford and his Cowboys tried to mount a comeback, leaning on bench guards Jeffrey Carroll and Joe Burton, who led the team in points with 13, each.
However, the efforts out of Kansas State freshman Dean Wade, who put up 20 points, and senior Justin Edwards with 17 points, were too much for Oklahoma State. They allowed the Wildcats to hold onto the lead and escape with a victory.
K-State will take on their rivals, the Kansas Jayhawks, Thursday afternoon at 1:30 PM on ESPN2.
TCU 67 Texas Tech 62
TCU won just two games in league play this season, but had enough left in the tank to pull off a major upset over a hot Texas Tech team. It had been a back and forth game all 40 minutes with no team showing any clear advantage until the Horned Frogs' Malique Trent came up with a huge steal and layup while getting fouled to help give TCU the victory.
The game appeared to be slipping out of TCU's grip early in the second half before a 13-0 run in four minutes of play gave them the advantage, and the momentum was never lost again. Texas Tech forward Zach Smith had 13 points and 15 rebounds, but was unable to get much help in the tough loss. TCU guard Chauncey Collins led all scorers with 19 points, while the team was able to block nine total Red Raider shots.
The Horned Frogs will be taking on a much faster paced West Virginia team Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. on ESPNU.