Texas at Oklahoma
The No. 23 Oklahoma Sooners have lost five straight games, and their tournament hoops could be in question after suffering a 77-66 loss to Texas on Saturday at home in this season’s second Red River rivalry game.
The struggles for Trae Young and the Sooners began early and occurred often throughout the game. The Longhorns got up by five early in the first half and didn’t look back from there. Once OU fell behind, it could never grab a lead. Going into the half, the Sooners trailed 32-29.
Oklahoma matched its lowest point total for a half while shooting a little under 26 percent in the first half.
Young, who could potentially win Player of the Year, struggled in the first half. He scored 26 points but went 7-of-21 shooting. Young’s teammate, Christian James, was the only other Sooner in double figures. He contributed 11 points.
The Longhorns had eight players score in the first half. Mo Bamba, the other freshman standout in the game, was the difference maker. He gave the Longhorns 10 points along with 18 rebounds. His teammates Kerwin Roach, Dylan Osetkowski and Matt Coleman had 12, 21, and 11 points, respectively, to help the team win.
Although Texas had multiple players scoring in the first half, turnovers slowed it down. The Horns turned the ball over nine times in the first half compared to the four turnovers the Sooners had.
The early portion of the second half had similarities to the first. Texas kept a small lead throughout play, but it wasn’t until the midway point of the second half when Texas put the game out of reach.
The Horns kept the lead to win 77-66.
For the Longhorns, this victory is critical as they remain on the bubble of getting into the tournament. Their record sits at 16-11 overall and 6-8 Big 12. As for the Sooners, their situation hasn’t become easier, and the losing streak could continue. They head to Lawrence to take on the powerhouse Jayhawks on Monday.
Kansas State vs. Iowa State
Last week, Kansas State was tied at half with Texas Tech and could not close the deal. This week, the Wildcats were presented with the same situation but were able to close the deal, as they won 78-66 against Iowa State on Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum.
Dean Wade, a K-State junior, was two rebounds and one assist away from reaching a triple double against the Cyclones. Wade went 9-of-13 from the field for 22 points.
After ISU called early timeouts (13-13, 4-10), it kept the game close and tied it a few times. The Cyclones just never captured the lead. Cameron Lard’s 15 points weren’t enough to help ISU.
ISU and K-State headed into halftime tied at 33, but the Wildcats (19-8, 8-6) caught fire in the second half. They went 17-of-29 shooting and scored 45 points in the second half. Barry Brown, who scored 20 points, and Xavier Sneed who tallied 17 points, joined Wade in the offensive effort. The Cyclones fell 78-66.
Winning on the road remains a tough task for ISU. They are winless through seven road games this year and have two remaining. The last time the Cyclones went winless on the road was in the 2010-11 season.
ISU will return home for its next game on Wednesday as it welcomes TCU.
The Wildcats will meet Texas on Wednesday in Manhattan, Kansas.
Kansas vs. West Virginia
Kansas pulled through in a late home game Saturday night against a highly competitive West Virginia team. The Jayhawks defeated the Mountaineers 77-69.
Future lottery pick Udoka Azubuike scored 21 points, and Devonte’ Graham added 15 points to beat the No. 20 Mountaineers.
Neither team could create separation in the first half. They headed into the half tied at 34.
In the second half, the Moutaineers looked to take over the game. They took the lead with a little more than 17 minutes left in the game. They held that lead until about two minutes remained in the game. Kansas reclaimed the lead when Svi Mykhailiuk made a pair of free throws.
Daxter Miles Jr. led the Mountaineers. Miles scored 22 of WVU’s points while he went 6-of-9 from 3-point range. Senior Jevon Carter added 15 points for the Moutaineers.
WVU just couldn’t finish the game and still has yet to win in Allen Fieldhouse. The Mountaineers have won in every arena since joining the conference but just can’t get a W in Lawrence.
The Moutaineers will try to bounce back against an athletic Baylor team. They will take on the Bears on Tuesday in Waco. The Jayhawks have little time to enjoy this win. They will return to Lawrence to take on the struggling Sooners on Monday.
Texas Tech at Baylor
The Big 12 standings continue to be up in the air after Baylor’s victory against No. 7 Texas Tech Saturday night in Waco, Texas.
Baylor has given teams struggles all season with its athleticism and height. On Saturday night, Baylor gave the Red Raiders trouble and defeated them 59-57.
Senior Terry Maston led the Bears as he contributed 24 points and five rebounds to help his team pull off the upset.
This victory is what the Bears needed to keep their tournament hopes alive.
Texas Tech had to make adjustments throughout the game. Senior guard Keenan Evans had an apparent foot injury that kept him sidelined in the second half.
Despite Evans’ injury, Tech outscored Baylor in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Bears away.
Baylor will be back in action at home Tuesday to take on a West Virginia team that lost to Kansas.
The Red Raiders will travel to Stillwater to take on the Cowboys on Wednesday.