Graham, Kansas take Big 12 regular-season title with victory against Texas Tech

Jack Stebbins

Sports Blogger



Kansas at Texas Tech

Devin Lawrence Wilber/O’Colly

Devonté Graham and Kansas captured the Big 12’s regular-season title for the 14th season in a row with a 74-72 victory against Texas Tech. The game was between the two best teams in the league. Graham had a game-high 26 points with an explosive second half. He had a lot of help from Sviatoslav Mykhailuv, who hit four 3s and put up 21 points. The game was close the entire time, but Texas Tech never led. Tech was unable to sweep the Jayhawks, even though the Red Raiders had three players reaching double figures. It wasn’t enough to take down KU, giving Tech its third loss in a row.

The Red Raiders have a 22-7 record  with a 10-6 Big 12 record. Next, Tech heads to Morgantown, West Virginia, to play the Mountaineers on Monday.

Kansas is 23-6 with the first-place Big 12 record at 12-4. The Jayhawks will host the Texas Longhorns on Monday.

Baylor at TCU

TCU held Baylor to only seven points in the last four minutes to get the 82-72 victory. TCU had previously taken down the Bears in overtime on Jan. 2 and have completed the sweep with this victory. The Horned Frogs and the Bears shot well. Baylor scored most of its points in the paint behind leading scorer Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., who ended up with 22, but that  was not enough to keep up with TCU and its senior point guard, Alex Robinson. Robinson scored 22 with 15 minutes in the second half. This was a big game for Baylor and TCU because they’re sitting on the bubble for the tournament. Jamie Dixon and the Horned Frogs got their 20th victory, putting their record at 20-9 and making their Big 12 record 8-8. TCU hosts Kansas State next Tuesday. Baylor puts its tournament chance farther away with a 17-12 record and a 6-9 Big 12 record. The Bears host Oklahoma on Tuesday.

Iowa State at West Virginia

West Virginia picked up an 85-70 victory behind its senior guard Jevon Carter and his 24 points. Esa Ahmad, a WVU junior, produced a double-double to help claim the victory against Iowa State. ISU was unable to mimic what it did when it blew out WVU on Jan. 31. Lindell Wigginton, an ISU freshman guard, put up 29 points in the loss. WVU won its 10th conference game and sits in third place behind KU and Texas Tech. WVU (21-8, 10-6) will host Texas Tech on Monday. The Cyclones  (13-15, 6-10) are last in the conference and will play Oklahoma State on Tuesday in Ames.

Kansas State at Oklahoma

Trae Young looked to return his past form when he and Oklahoma beat Kansas State 86-77 in Norman. Young hit six 3s and had 28 points as the Sooners ended a six-game losing streak. The Wildcats had a player of their own who scored 28 points: junior guard Barry Brown.

K-State was unable to replicate what it did in its first meeting with the Sooners when it rolled past them and forced Young to 12 turnovers on Jan. 16.

OU (17-11, 7-9) will play at Baylor on Tuesday, and K-State (20-9, 9-7) will play at TCU on Tuesday.


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