Big 12 Bounce: Kansas handles Texas, Sooners continue to struggle

Liam Oram

Sports Blogger

@liam_oram

Texas at Kansas

Kansas handled a less-than-full-strength Texas team for senior night Monday at home as the Jayhawks won 80-70. This victory helped No. 6 Kansas claim its 14th straight Big 12 crown. Udoka Azubuike, who made his first 10 shots, led the Jayhawks. Texas was hindered on the court as Mohamed Bamba didn’t play because of his injured toe. The losses of some of the Longhorns’ best players affected how they played. They were much weaker on the boards and lost some great shooting without Eric Davis, who, in the wake of FBI investigations of NCAA basketball, didn’t play. The Longhorns got some good shooting from Kerwin Roach, who ended with 18 points, but they didn’t hold up against the strong Jayhawks squad. Kansas heads to Stillwater for its next game on to play Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Longhorns look to build their resume as they return to Austin to face West Virginia.

Texas Tech at West Virginia

In one of the most surprising victories on Monday, West Virginia beat Texas Tech in Morgantown 84-74. The Mountaineers took a 42-29 lead into the half and continued to take even more control in the second half as they increased their lead to 18 at one point. Jevon Carter led West Virginia in scoring on his senior night as he had 21 points. Texas Tech struggled as their star Keenan Evans didn’t make the trip because of his toe injury. The Red Raiders got some great shooting from Jarrett Culver as he ended with 26 points. They will finish the season second in the Big 12 and will look to make some big waves in the Big 12 Tournament. West Virginia’s next game is on Saturday in Austin to face Texas. Texas Tech returns to Lubbock on Saturday to face TCU at home.

Oklahoma at Baylor

Oklahoma’s struggles persisted as it lost Tuesday on the road 87-64. Trae Young wasn’t much help for the Sooners and shot 35 percent. This has been an ongoing story for the Sooners as they have won only one of their last five games. They have struggled to have the same success that they had earlier in the season and continue to drop crucial Big 12 games. Baylor tore up OU in the paint, and the Sooners couldn’t stop the Bears. Senior Terry Maston dropped 23 points and got everything he wanted in the paint. A huge run in the first half helped Baylor pull away against the Sooners. The Bears are carrying some big momentum into the Big 12 Tournament. Baylor heads to Manhattan on Saturday to play Kansas State. OU returns  home as it looks to rebound in its next game at home against Iowa State.

Kansas State at TCU

In a closely-contested game, TCU claimed a big 66-59 victory on senior night Tuesday at home. This was the Horned Frogs’ first four-game conference winning streak in 20 years. Senior Kendrick Williams, who dropped 16 points, led TCU. The Horned Frogs traded punches with the Wildcats until they finally pulled away with a big run at the end of the second half. The Wildcats couldn’t get it done down the stretch but still had big help from junior Dean Wade. Wade, who had 24 points, hit shots from nearly everywhere. K-State competed well but couldn’t finish as the Horned Frogs began to heat up near the end. Xavier Sneed, who is usually consistent for the Wildcats, didn’t have that impact as he had only two points. The Horned Frogs head to Lubbock on Saturday for their final regular-season game and will face Texas Tech. K-State returns home on Saturday to face Baylor in Manhattan.

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