There are just three weekends left in the Big 12 regular season and its a two horse race – a race that could be decided next weekend in Lawrence as Mizzou heads to Allen Fieldhouse for the last time.
This week, both won big games – KU at rival Kansas State and Mizzou in its first chance at revenge, rolling Oklahoma State.
Here is a chance at the up-to-date standings:
This Week’s Games
Baylor 79, Iowa State 64: The battle for third place in the Big 12, Round 1 goes to Baylor, who bounced back from its back-to-back losses to the league’s top two, Top 5 teams – Missouri and Kansas – with an impressive win over Iowa State, improving Baylor to 22-0 against teams not Missouri or Kansas.
Perry Jones – who averaged just 8.5 points per game in four games against MU and KU – was happy to see somebody else, and finished with 18 points, seven rebounds to help the Bears bounce back from second two-game losing streak in less than a month.
Freshman Quincy Miller added 16 points, Anthony Jones 12 and Quincy Acy 11 for Baylor, who shot 60 percent (33-55), and never trailed.
The ‘Clones shot 55% in the second half after trailing 31-24 at halftime, but Baylor was on fire at 72% (21-29).
Iowa State, who has now lost six straight in Waco, started the game down 7-0 and 18-9, pulled within 22-19 before Baylor ripped off eight straight to take a 30-19 lead. The closest they got the rest of the way was 48-42 with 12:19 remaining in the game.
Royce White committed a career-high seven turnovers while adding just 14 points for Iowa State, who was led in every category by Melvin Ejim, who had 17 points, 7 rebounds and four assist.
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Texas 69, Oklahoma 58: Texas continues its push for a 14th straight NCAA tournament berth with its fourth straight win behind 19 points from Big 12’s leading scorer and a 29-9 run.
Texas trailed 33-25 entering the final minute of the first half before going on a 10-0 run spanning halftime. Oklahoma briefly led 37-35 after scoring four straight, then Texas answered with a 19-5 run.
Oklahoma dropped its fifth straight game, its fourth straight at home and its fifth straight in its series against Texas.
Myck Kabongo and Sheldon McClellan both scored 13 for Texas and Stephen Pledger scored 18 for Oklahoma, who also had 13 from Cameron Clark and Romero Osby.
Texas A&M 47, Texas Tech 38: It was An ugly display of basketball fit for the Big Ten, but the Aggies will take it.
Somehow, they won despite shooting less than 40% in both half’s, 28% in the first half, 39% in the second, and just 34% for the game. The Aggies were able to overcome a 15-point deficit (26-17 at half) by outscoring Texas Tech 30-12 in the second half as Tech made just five of 19 second half shots.
Elston Turner scored 16 points andKhris Middleton had 11 to lead Texas A&M, who ended a four-game losing skid, and extended a four-game winning streak in Lubbock.
Jaye Crockett had 12 points to lead Tech, who was looking for their second straight win after blowing out Oklahoma at home on Saturday to grab their first conference win.
In one of the lowest scoring games in Big 12 history, the two teams scored the exact same number of total points as they did in their football meeting, which resulted in a 45-40 win for Texas A&M.
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Oklahoma @ Iowa State, 12:47 (ESPN 3/Big 12 Network): Iowa State all but locks up a tournament berth today with a win today. They follow that up with a home date against Tech. That will certainly get Iowa State to 10 wins. Its gets tough after that with road dates to Columbia and Manhattan and Baylor at home.
Kansas State @ 10 Baylor, 12:47 (ESPN 3/Big 12 Network): Baylor could win out and grab a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Bears have not lost to anyone besides Mizzou and KU (x2). The Cats are in the danger zone at 6-7 in the Big 12, and could fall to 6-8 today. A win will all but lock up a bid in the NCAA’s. A loss today, and a likely loss at Mizzou puts the Cats at 6-9 – forcing them to win out. They finish with ISU at home, A&M on the road and OSU at home.
3 Missouri @ Texas A&M, 1 (ESPN): Missouri is going for their first win in College Station since 2001. The Tigers have lost five straight at Reed Arena and the Aggies are at full strength for the first time in weeks.
Texas @ Oklahoma State, 3 (ESPN 3/Big 12 Network): A must-win for Texas as they are chasing their 14th straight NCAA Tournament berth. The Horns have won four straight and are above .500 in the Big 12 for the first time all season, but Stillwater is no walk in the park. The Pokes have beat both Mizzou and Iowa State at Gallagher-Iba.
Texas Tech @ 5 Kansas, 7 (ESPN 3/Big 12 Network): Texas Tech is one of, if not the worst Big 12 team ever. Kansas could win this game without Tyshawn Taylor and Thomas Robinson. KU beats Tech by an average of 31 points in Lawrence, with the closest game being 19 and the biggest a 52-point destruction.
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