Big 12 Bounce: Big 12/SEC recap

Trevor Smith

Sports Blogger

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Kansas at Kentucky

(Kurt Steiss, O'Colly)
(Kurt Steiss, O’Colly)

Saturday’s matchup pitted No. 2 Kansas against No. 4 Kentucky in the most anticipated game of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The Jayhawks outscored Kentucky 52-41 in the second half to earn a 79-73 victory. Kentucky came out of the gates hot and took an early double-digit lead. KU was the opposite as it shot 0-of-8 from 3 in the first half, but the Jayhawks ended the half on a 10-3 run to cut Kentucky’s lead to five.

The second half was a drastic contrast from the first, as Josh Jackson hit consecutive 3-pointers to kickstart the KU offense. The Jayhawks were led by Frank Mason III, who scored 21 points, and Josh Jackson, who tallied 20. Derek Willis led Kentucky with 18 points.

 

Baylor at Ole Miss

No. 5 Baylor traveled to Oxford, Mississippi, to take on Ole Miss. The Rebels came out strong, but Baylor left with a 78-75 victory.

Baylor turned things around in the second half, overcoming a 15-point deficit thanks to 53.8 percent shooting in the second half. Ole Miss held the lead most of the game but committed a few costly turnovers in the waning minutes of the game, which opened the door for Baylor to comeback. Manu Lecomte led Baylor with 17 points while shooting 5-of-6 from 3-point land. His biggest 3 came with 23 seconds left to extend Baylor’s lead to 78-72 and ultimately seal the victory.

 

Texas A&M at West Virginia

West Virginia was in control most of the game and sealed an 81-77 win in the last moments of the contest. The Mountaineers opened up a 51-31 lead early in the second half. That comfortable feeling didn’t last long, as Texas A&M mounted a comeback thanks to 24 points from Admon Gilder. However, WVU took advantage of A&M’s 23 turnovers to avoid the upset.

 

Florida at Oklahoma

Saturday’s matchup in Norman saw No. 25 Florida dismantle Oklahoma, 84-52. OU was abysmal from the floor, shooting 24.2 percent and only 1-of-16 from 3. Kevarrius Hayes led Florida with a career-high 20 points. Rashard Odomes notched 13 points to lead the Sooners. OU has lost three straight heading into Monday’s Bedlam game in Norman.

 

LSU at Texas Tech

Sophomore Zach Smith led Texas Tech past LSU on Saturday, 77-64. Smith recorded a career-high 25 points. Antonio Blakeney tallied 23 points on 9-of-11 shooting for LSU.

Texas Tech wasn’t bashful about 3-point shooting, as it went 12-of-23, while LSU shot 9-of-21.

 

Kansas State at Tennessee

Kansas State started the game cold from the floor and couldn’t recover in its 70-58 loss to Tennessee. Tennessee came out firing, amassing a 39-22 halftime lead thanks to a 9-0 Volunteer run to end the half. K-State made its own run in the second half, hitting five shots from downtown but never got closer than nine points. Grant Williams led the Volunteers with 17 points. Barry Brown also scored 17 for K-State.

 

Texas at Georgia

This game was close from the start, as both teams needed a win to keep March Madness hopes alive. The Bulldogs slipped by Texas, 59-57.

Yante Maten led Georgia with 21 points. J.J. Frazier scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half while K-State was led by a strong performance from Andrew Jones, who ended the game with 16 points. The game was close until the end with clutch shots from both sides, the biggest being Yante Maten’s layup that gave Georgia the final score with less than a minute left. Texas got a chance to send the game to overtime, but Jarrett Allen missed a game-tying hook shot in the final seconds.

 

Iowa State at Vanderbilt

Coming in losing five of its past six games, Vanderbilt was desperate for a win and played like it, grinding out an 84-78 victory against Iowa State. Vanderbilt overcame an 11-point first half deficit to tie the game 33-33 at halftime. The Commodores exploded in the second half to create a 15-point lead, which it eventually saw dwindle. Vanderbilt got a key foul-out when ISU’s leading scorer Monte Morris, who finished with 25 points, was sent to the bench. Luke Kornet led the Commodores with 21 points.

 

Auburn at TCU

The game was close for most of the contest before Auburn took the lead on a 25-2 run that spanned across both halves. TCU had lost four straight coming into the game and its woes continued with an 88-80 loss at home. Auburn’s Austin Wiley tallied 25 points to lead all scorers. Alex Robinson led TCU with 20 points. With this win, Auburn improved to 3-0 against the Big 12 this season with other wins against Texas Tech and Oklahoma.

 

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