Big 12 Bounce: Upsets, upsets, upsets

Darnell Pointer

Sports Blogger

@theozoneonline

 

West Virginia vs Iowa State

(Jackson Lavarnway, Flickr)
(Jackson Lavarnway, Flickr)

After losing to Vanderbilt in the Big 12/SEC challenge, Iowa State hosted No.7 West Virginia in a sold out crowd in Ames. The favored Mountaineers went into Ames and handled business winning 85-72. Nathan Adrian led WVU with a double-double, recording 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Although ISU kept the deficit close in the first half, it self-destructed in the second half, allowing 41 points. It didn’t help the Cyclones struggled from the field, shooting 39 percent.

 

TCU vs Kansas State

Forty minutes wasn’t enough for the Horned Frogs to get the job done as they took Kansas State. to overtime Wednesday night. TCU got its first win in Manhattan as a member of the Big 12 with an 86-80 win against K-State. TCU finished the second half on an 8-3 run to force overtime. Kenrich Williams hit two key 3-pointers to give TCU a boost in overtime.

Kamau Stokes’ 21 points and Xavier Sneed’s 19 points weren’t not enough to get K-State the win. The Wildcats allowed TCU to shoot 50 percent and six players to score double digits. The Wildcats died by the 3-pointer as they went 9-for-21 from behind the arc.

 

Baylor vs Kansas

The Big 12 game of the week was the No.3 Kansas Jayhawks hosting No.2 Baylor in a sold out Allen Fieldhouse. KU went into halftime down six but went into another gear in the second half as it scored 45 points to win the game, 73-68. Josh Jackson led the Jayhawks with a double-double, recording 23 points and 10 rebounds.

Baylor recorded its second loss of the schedule and is a game back from KU in the race for the Big 12 title. The loss was tough for Baylor, as the stat sheet looked similar, except in the free throw category. Baylor shot only six free throws and made four of them. The Bears allowed 20-of-27 free throw shooting from KU.

 

Texas Tech vs Texas

Another close game in the Big 12 as Texas survived a nail-biter, winning 62-58 against Texas Tech. Eric Davis Jr. knocked down a clutch 3-pointer in the final seconds to give the Longhorns the lead. Jarrett Allen led the Longhorns with 19 points and eight rebounds.

Texas Tech struggled shooting the ball as it shot 35 percent from the field. The Red Raiders missed their final eight shots from 5:04 left in the game. Keenan Evans, Anthony Livingston and Niem Stevenson gave their best, as they combined for 41 of Texas Tech’s 58 points.

 

Saturday Games

Texas vs TCU

For the first time since joining the Big 12, TCU got its fifth conference win by knocking down Texas, 78-63. Vladimir Brodziansky had another great game, leading the Horned Frogs with 18 points. TCU has won back-to-back games and host Texas Tech on Tuesday night.

Texas has lost seven of its last nine games and may be struggling for a spot in the tournament. The Longhorns struggled from behind the arc, shooting 15 percent in the game. Jarrett Allen led his team for the second game in a row, scoring 22 points and adding nine rebounds.

 

Iowa State vs Kansas

The Cyclones had to battle back to upset the No.3 Kansas Jayhawks, as they went to overtime to get a victory, 92-89. Iowa State was outscored 52-38 in the first half and had to hold KU to 30 points in the second half to force overtime. ISU had to hit a school record 18 3‑pointers to stay in the game.

KU had its 54-game home winning streak snapped, as the Jayhawks could not handle the 3-ball shooting Cyclones. KU gave the ball away 21 times and allowed three players to score 20 or more points in the game. Frank Mason III led the Jayhawks with a career-high 32 points.

 

Kansas State vs Baylor

Kansas State upset the No.2 Baylor Bears as it grabbed a victory in Waco, 56-54. The Wildcats outscored Baylor in the first half 37-22, but Baylor held K-State to 19 points in the second half. Kamau led his team again with 15 points, including some clutch baskets down the stretch. With this win, K-State snapped a three-game losing streak.

Baylor battled back but missed some key opportunities down the stretch. Jonathan Motley led the Bears with 17 points and 14 rebounds, but missed the game-tying shot in the final seconds. Baylor has lost two games in a row and look to bounce back at Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.

 

Oklahoma vs Texas Tech

Texas Tech took care of business in its house as the Red Raiders routed the Sooners, 77-69. Keenan Evans and Justin Gray scored 14 points each, and Aaron Ross led his team, knocking down clutch free throws, with 18 points.

Although four players scored double digits for the Sooners, it wasn’t enough as they continued a five-game losing streak. OU shot 41 percent from the field with Kameron McGusty leading the Sooners with 16 points. OU is looking to get its second win against West Virginia and snap its losing streak Wednesday night.

 

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