Big 12 Bounce: Young struggles in loss to Texas Tech, Kansas finds way past Cyclones

Liam Oram

Sports Blogger

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Oklahoma at Texas Tech

After each of Oklahoma’s men’s basketball matchups this season, the story of the game usually involves Trae Young’s standout performance. But Young struggled to make many of his shots in the Sooners’ 88-78 loss to Texas Tech on Tuesday night in Lubbock, Texas.  He ended with 22 points and didn’t make a single 3. Christian James tried to pick up some of Young’s slack as he shot 50 percent from the 3-point line and helped keep OU close. Texas Tech had an incredible shooting night as it set a school record for most 3-pointers in a Big 12 game. No one could stop Keenan Evans as he shot 9-of-15 from the floor and ended with 26 points. This was another key victory for Texas Tech, as this was the Red Raiders’ seventh victory in a row. This is big momentum they’re carrying into the end of the season while they’re looking to win the Big 12. Texas Tech (22-4 overall, 10-3 Big 12) plays its next game is in Waco, Texas, as it takes on Baylor on Saturday. OU (16-9, 6-7) hosts Texas on Saturday.

Kansas at Iowa State

Kansas guard Devonte Graham puts in a dunk for two after breaking down the court.
James Hoyt/Flickr

Although Hilton Coliseum was rocking for Tuesday’s game, it wasn’t enough for Iowa State to upset Kansas. The Jayhawks defeated the Cyclones 83-77. The Cyclones played well, though as they got a solid performance from freshman Cameron Lard, who shot 7-of-11 and ended with 19 points. It was a highly competitive affair going into the second half, but Kansas began to pull away. Udoka Azubuike had a great shooting night for the Jayhawks. He missed only one shot and had 19 points. The Jayhawks are only a game back from the No. 1 spot in the Big 12, so this victory was needed. Kansas’s (20-6, 9-4) next game is Saturday at home against West Virginia. Iowa State (13-12, 4-9) travels to the “Little Apple” on Saturday to face Kansas State for its next game.

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