There are two Big 12 games tonight and both involve the next best two teams outside of the “Big Three” – Missouri, Baylor and Kansas, who are all in the Top 10 and sharing the Big 12 lead at 8-2.
In the next tier is Iowa State, who has certainly established itself as the fourth best team in the conference and is one-game below, at 7-3, and is 1-2 against that Big 3 and have yet to play Baylor. They are also 1-1 against Texas, who is 5-6 in Big 12 and could be a NCAA tournament team by season’s end. The ‘Clones (16-6) won at Oklahoma on Saturday with “Rolls” Royce White, the ISU leader in scoring (13.5), rebounding (9.5), assists (4.6), steals (1.2) and blocks (1.2), taking and making just one field goal – and that came with just two minutes remaining in the game.
Tonight they face Oklahoma State – who they beat on a buzzer beater in the first meeting in Ames. But this time it is in Stillwater, where the Pokes (11-12, 4-6 Big 12) have beat Missouri and lost to Baylor by four (64-60, Saturday) and played Kansas State close. Stillwater is always a tricky place to play for anyone.
Iowa State has won five of its last six and could make it seven of eight with OSU and A&M on tap this week.
PS I hate Doug Gottlieb.
Kansas State is considered to be the other NCAA Tournament-bound team in the Big 12. They enter this week at .500 (5-5) and have a very winnable game tonight against Texas Tech (7-5, 0-10), possibly the worst Big 12 team in the conference’s history.
The Cats (16-6) got back on the winning track by defeating Texas A&M Saturday at home. The good times should continue tonight. K-State is 11-2 at home. The Raiders have just one road win and have used 12 different starting lineups. Tech, who lost 69-47 in Lubbock against a few weeks ago, has 10 new players with just three returning letterwinners and just one senior and are led by freshman Jordan Tolbert, who leads the team in scoring (11.9) and rebounding (6.0). He has five 20-point games so far this season.
Who: K-State vs. Texas Tech
When: February 7, 2012 | 7:00 p.m.
Where: Manhattan, Kan. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
Media: Big 12 Network/ESPN Full Court | K-State Radio Network
K-State looks to sweep the season series and send Texas Tech to 0-11 in conference play before embarking on a brutal stretch of games, starting Saturday in Austin.