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Baylor vs Texas Tech

Texas Tech’s Keenan Evans had a big game as the Red Raiders upset the No. 4 Baylor Bears 84-78. Tech started the game on an 11-0 run but went into halftime down four. The Red Raiders outscored the Bears 52-42 in the second half to gain the advantage. Evans finished the game with 23 points and four assists.

Baylor star Jonathan Motley struggled from the field, shooting 40 percent and tallying 10 points. Terry Mason came off the bench and scored a career-high 22 points. The Bears depended on the three-ball a lot, shooting 25 percent from behind the arc.

 

West Virginia vs Kansas

No. 3 Kansas rallied from behind to avoid an upset from No.9 West Virginia. KU outscored WVU 39-32 in the second half to force overtime. KU’s Frank Mason III finished the game with 24 points to help give Kansas the victory, 84-80.

Although WVU held KU to 34 percent shooting, the Mountaineers’ 21 turnovers were the reason they couldn’t seal the victory. WVU could not handle KU’s full-court press, giving the Jayhawks easy points.

 

Texas vs Oklahoma

Oklahoma defeated Texas in the Red River Rivalry, 70-66. With this win, OU snapped a seven‑game losing streak. It was OU’s first game without senior star Jordan Woodard, who suffered a career-ending injury in a loss against Iowa State. Jamuni McNeace came off the bench and recorded a career-high 14 points and 14 rebounds.

Texas’ defense collapsed as it gave up 26 points in the paint. The Longhorns struggled from the free throw line, shooting 43 percent. Jarrett Allen led his team with a Big 12-leading tenth double-double, posting 17 points and 10 rebounds.

 

Iowa State vs Kansas State

Iowa State survived a late rally in Manhattan to win 87-79. Solomon Young got his second career start and took advantage of the opportunity, scoring a season-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. ISU dominated in every statistic category with a 51 percent shooting percentage standing out.

Kansas State simply ran out of time as it sparked an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to six. The Wildcats outscored ISU 53-45 in the second half. Barry Brown led his team with 23 points, and Wesley Iwundu recorded a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

 

Saturday Games

Kansas vs Baylor

(Jacob Derichsweiler, O'Colly)
(Jacob Derichsweiler, O’Colly)

This was a top-five matchup in the Big 12 as No. 3 Kansas escaped Waco with a 67-65, thanks to a pair of free throws from Landen Lucas. Like the last time these teams played, the Jayhawks went into halftime down but went into another gear in the second half as they scored 38 points to win the game. Frank Mason III led the Jayhawks with 23 points and eight assists.

Turnovers were the reason the No. 4 Baylor Bears couldn’t get their first victory over Kansas, giving the ball up 16 times. Baylor allowed KU to go on an 8-2 run in the last three minutes which costed the Bears the game. Jonathan Motley tallied 19 points and nine assists.

 

Kansas State vs Texas

A game-winning tip by D.J. Johnson was the difference in this game as Kansas State defeated Texas 64-61. The Wildcats had a great day shooting the ball, shooting 53 percent from the field. Wesley Iwundu led K-State with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Texas gave it all as it went eight minutes without allowing K-State to score in the second half. The Longhorns struggled from the free throw line, shooting 68 percent. Kendal Yancy came off the bench and led the Longhorns with 13 points. Texas is on a three-game losing streak.

 

Texas Tech vs West Virginia

It took two overtimes for No. 9 West Virginia to avoid an upset from Texas Tech. WVU allowed Tech to come back in the game in regulation, allowing a 9-4 run. In the second overtime, the Mountaineers outscored the Red Raiders 13-4 to grab the 83-74 win. Jevon Carter scored a season-high 24 points and seven rebounds as he led his team to victory.

The Red Raiders ran out of gas as they went scoreless for four minutes, spanning through both overtimes. Tech had a great day shooting the ball, but its 20 turnovers were the reason the Red Raiders struggled in overtime. Keenan Evans led Tech with 28 points and four assists.

 

TCU vs Iowa State

Iowa State never stepped on the brakes as it cruised past TCU, 84-71. The Cyclones sparked a 16-1 run in the first half to give them momentum and never looked back. ISU had a great day shooting the ball from behind the arc, shooting 48 percent. Nazareth Mitrou-Long led the Cyclones with 25 points and seven rebounds. ISU is now in a three-way tie for second place in the Big 12.

The Horned Frogs’ 19 turnovers hurt their chances of getting back in the game. TCU struggled from the free throw line, shooting 62 percent. Alex Robinson led the Horned Frogs with 16 points and eight assists. TCU is now on a three-game losing streak.

 

(Jackson Lavarnway, O'Colly)
(Jackson Lavarnway, O’Colly)

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