Big 12 Bounce
Oklahoma at Iowa State
Iowa State defended its home court once again on Saturday, defeating Oklahoma 88-80. The Sooners lost their 9-8 lead early in the first half and didn’t regain it. OU then tied the game at 77-77 with 2:13 left. ISU (13-11 overall, 4-8 Big 12) countered with a pair of three pointers to put the No. 17 Sooners (16-8, 6-6) away for good. Two Cyclone freshmen had standout performances. Lindell Wigginton had 26 points, five rebounds and five assists. Cameron Lard recorded career highs in rebounds, assists and steals. Lard stuffed the stat sheet with 19 points, 17 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three steals.
Sooner freshman standout Trae Young poured in 22 points and 11 assists. Young had his career worst performance from the 3-point line, going 1-of-8. Junior Christian James added 22 points and nine rebounds for the Sooners.
OU fell out of third place and into a tie for fourth in the conference standings, having lost three in a row and six in a row on the road. The Sooners could be unranked when they travel to Lubbock, Texas, to face the conference-leader, No. 7 Texas Tech on Tuesday night. Despite the victory, ISU remains in last place in the Big 12 standings. When at home, ISU has beaten three of the top four teams in the Big 12. The Cyclones are going for a sweep of those top four teams on Tuesday when No. 10 Kansas heads to Ames, Iowa.
Texas at TCU
Host TCU led Texas from start to finish, winning 87-71 on Saturday. The Horned Frogs’ (17-8, 5-7) dominance against the Longhorns was highlighted in TCU’s 16-point margin of victory, plus-11 rebounding margin, nearly 55 percent shooting and six turnovers committed. Senior Vladimir Brodziansky, who put up 25 points and six rebounds, spearheaded TCU’s efforts. Freshman Kouat Noi logged season highs in points (18) and minutes (33).
Freshman Mo Bamba led the Longhorns (15-10, 5-7). Bamba’s career best road game included his 23 points and five rebounds. His teammate Eric Davis Jr. logged 16 points in his most efficient performance of the season. Davis Jr. shot 6-of-8 and made all three of his 3-point attempts. The Longhorns are in a four-way tie for last place in the conference. Texas will attempt to win a sixth-straight home game against Baylor on Monday. TCU travels to Morgantown, West Virginia, to face the No. 19 Mountaineers on Monday. The Horned Frogs have lost five of their last six road games.
Kansas at Baylor
Baylor thwarted Kansas 80-64 on Saturday in Waco, Texas. Just one week ago, Baylor (15-10, 5-7) had lost eight of its last 10, but the Bears have won three straight since. No. 10 Kansas (19-6, 8-4) has gone 3-3 in its last six after winning nine of 10. After Kansas was down 30-20 at halftime, it cut Baylor’s lead to 58-56 with 7:17 left in the game. Baylor senior Manu Lecomte took it from there. Lecomte scored eight unanswered points to make it 66-56 with 4:25 left. Kansas couldn’t recover from Lecomte’s outburst. Lecomte ended with 18 points and six assists. Lecomte’s teammate Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. scored a team-high 19 points and pulled down six rebounds.
Devonté Graham, who scored 23 points, led Kansas. This was the first time Kansas lost when Graham scored 20 or more. Malik Newman, a Jayhawk sophomore, added 14 points to the Jayhawk cause. Kansas travels to Ames, Iowa, on Tuesday. After falling out of first-place, the Jayhawks will try to right the ship and win their 14th straight conference title. Looking forward, Baylor will try to keep its hot streak going and climb the Big 12 standings. On The Bears travel to Austin, Texas, to take on the Texas Longhorns on Monday.
Texas Tech at Kansas State
Texas Tech crushed Kansas State in the second half to win 66-47 on Saturday night in Manhattan, Kansas. The game was tied at 27 at half, but Texas Tech took a little more than five minutes for Texas Tech to complete its 15-1 run. Up 42-28 with 14:59 left in the game, the No. 7 Red Raiders pulled away. Keenan Evans led Texas Tech (21-4, 9-3) with 19 points, three assists and five steals. Tommy Hamilton IV logged his highest point total of the season, scoring 14 points.
Dean Wade’s 13 points and 11 rebounds led K-State. Brown scored seven in the Wildcats’ loss. Wade has moved into the team’s scoring lead after five straight abysmal performances from Brown. The Wildcats are tied for fourth in the Big 12. K-State has lost three of its last four games and travels to Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Wednesday to face Oklahoma State. Texas Tech has won six in a row and goes back to Lubbock, Texas, on Tuesday to face Oklahoma. Texas Tech is 15-0 at home this season.