Its getting closer and closer to the de facto Big 12 Championship in Lawrence when No. 3 Mizzou heads to face No. 5 Kansas with the conference title, more than likely, on the line.
Both teams won this weekend, Missouri with another gritty road win – their first in College Station since 2001 – and Kansas cruised, as expected against the worst team in league history, Texas Tech, 83-50. But first, the teams have obstacles to face this week before Hate Week can fully commence. Missouri gets its second revenge game of the year in hosting Kansas State tomorrow night and Kansas heads to head to A&M, which is becoming more and more healthy by the game, in what could be dangerous for the ‘Hawks on Wednesday.
“If you work your tail off all year long to put yourself in good position, how can you look past anybody when you can see the light at the end of the tunnel?” KU coach Bill Self said. “Everybody will talk about that game, but I guarantee we won’t even mention it until Thursday or Wednesday night.”
Kansas 83, Texas Tech 50
Kansas dominated Texas Tech, as expected, to move to 22-5, 12-2 Big 12. Thomas Robinson scored 16 points and added eight rebounds in leading Kansas, who never trailed. This win was actually closer than KU’s visit to Lubbock (41 points) as Tech lost by an average margin of 37 points.
Travis Releford added 12 points and six others scored at least nine for the Jayhawks, who built a 44-22 lead by halftime and then cruised over the final 20 minutes.
Kansas shot 56 percent from the field, including a 9-for-15 clip from beyond the arc, while scoring 24 points off of forcing 20 turnovers.
Javarez Willis led the Red Raiders (8-18, 1-13) with 17 points and leading scorer and rebounder, freshman Jordan Tolbert, added 12 points while Ty Nurse added 11.
Tech is now 0-12 all-time at Allen Fieldhouse.
KU took control of the game with a 18-2 run early in the first half to take a 30-9 lead.
Kansas State 57, Baylor 56
Kansas State (18-8) scored a much-needed signature win, got back to .500 (7-7) in the league and likely punched its NCAA Tournament ticket.
Big man Jordan Henriquez blocked two shots in the waning minutes – including Quincy Miller’s as time expired – as Baylor went scoreless in the final two minutes – and looked very unorganized in doing so.
Then-10th ranked, now 14th Baylor lost for the third time in four games – and the first time to someone other than Kansas or Missouri – and still has games at Texas and Iowa State left on the schedule and could face a end of season “tail spin.”
Angel Rodriguez scored 15 points and dished out six assists – and overcame a costly travel on a break away in the final seconds giving Baylor (22-5, 9-5) one final chance – in leading the Cats to victory. Rodney McGruder also added 15 points.
Henriquez added eight points and nine rebounds. Miller added 12 points, 11 rebounds for Baylor.
Baylor went up 56-55 with 2:25 remaining after Pierre Jackson’s 3-pointer, but did not score again.
KStateSports.com: Cats pick up huge road win at No. 9 Baylor
Topeka Capital Journal: Rodriguez steps up in Waco thriller
KC Star: K-State took advantage of one of their few remaining opportunities to pick up a signature win
Topeka Capital Journal: Cats reversed close-game curse that has haunted it all season
Topeka Capital Journal: Henriquez stuffs Baylor’s comeback
Oklahoma State 90, Texas 78: Big 12 Player of the Week Keiton Page scored 40 points – 27 in the first half – in leading the Pokes to a big home win over Texas, knocking Texas back on bubble status.
The 5-foot-9 Page went 20-of-20 from the free throw line and averaged 31.5 points per game this week for the Pokes, who have been tough at home with wins over Missouri, Iowa State and Texas, and still have a home date with Kansas next week.
Oklahoma State’s (13-14, 6-8) bench went scoreless in 23 minutes, but in addition to Page, the starters produced with Markel Brown’s double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds), Le’Bryan Nash’s 18 points.
Big 12 Newcomer of the Week Myck Kabongo scored 20 points, Big 12 leading scorer J’Covan Brown poured in 22 and Sheldon McClellan added 15 off the bench for Horns (17-10, 7-7), who saw their late-season surge, four-game win streak come to an end.
Burnt Orange Nation: Texas Shocked By Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Tourney Hopes Again Jeopardized
Daily Oklahoman: Keiton Page’s career-high 40 points lead Cowboys past Texas
Austin American-Statesman: Keiton Page scores 40 as Oklahoma State takes down Texas
Iowa State 80, Oklahoma 69: Iowa State notched its 19th win and moved into a 3rd-place tie with Baylor at 9-5 after sweeping the season series from Oklahoma, who has just one conference win besides sweeping Kansas State, has lost six in a row and eight of the last nine.
The Clones did so with Royce White scoring in single-digits for the third time in a row, thanks to a big game from Scott Christopherson’s 25 points and Chris Allen’s 16. Melvin Ejim posted 10 points, 14 rebounds, who have now won five straight home games for the first time in eight years.
The Cyclones went on a 15-6 run following White’s fourth foul with 12:17 left, opening up an insurmountable 18-point lead.
Cameron Clark posted his second straight double figure, leading five Sooners in double figures. Its been a long fall for the Sooners (13-13, 3-11), who won nine of their first 10 games and entered Big 12 play at 10-2.
Crimson & Cream Machine: Sooners’ Big Three Are Cold As Ice As Cyclones Cruise To Another Victory 80-69
Des Moines Register: Cyclones notch 19th win in sweeping OU
This Week’s Games
14 Baylor @ Texas, 8 (ESPN)
Kansas State @ 3 Missouri, 6 (ESPN 2)
Oklahoma State @ Oklahoma, 7 (ESPN 3/Big 12 Network)
Texas Tech @ Iowa State, 8 (ESPN U)
5 Kansas @ Texas A&M, 8 (ESPN 2)
Bill Self: “We’re still not a real mature team. These guys try hard and are giving themselves a chance.”
Billy Kennedy: “At this level, depth is important; we haven’t had it. You take 3 starters off any team, they’ll struggle.”
Also says MU having “special year” Makes big shots, makes FTs and gets calls.
Travis Ford on win over Texas: “Everybody contributed and that’s the only way we’re going to succeed– if everyone chips in.”
Scott Drew: (On Saturday’s loss) “We turned it over too much. K-State is a quality team, an NCAA Tournament team.”
On PJ3 (Perry Jones III): “My heart goes out to him because he’s judged on his potential rather than where he is.”
Frank Haith: “Kim English has been tremendous, all-conference type of year. His numbers are up across the board.”
Billy Gillispie: “I think we’ve dramatically gotten better but it’s hard to tell when you get beat.”
Fred Hoiberg: “The way Royce White plays has rubbed off on this team. We’re very unselfish and share the ball.”
Frank Martin on Missouri, “I anticipate that we will get the best game they have played all year.”
Lon Kruger: “We are not guarding like you have to. We are not getting stops like you have to, especially on the road.”
Rick Barnes on his team, “We have been up and down and that is kind of what we expected going in.”
|AP Top 25|
|24||San Diego State||20-6||176|
- Others receiving votes: Creighton 76, Gonzaga 47, Brigham Young 29, Saint Louis 25, Drexel 13, Harvard 12, Vanderbilt 12, California 11, Saint Mary’s 7, Long Beach State 4, Virginia Commonwealth 1
- Dropped from rankings: Saint Mary’s 21, Gonzaga 24
|ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll|
|25||San Diego State||20-6||76|
- Others receiving votes: Virginia 73, Creighton 51, California 21, Gonzaga 13, Saint Louis 11, Mississippi State 10, Harvard 10, Drexel 9, Vanderbilt 9, Kansas State 8, Middle Tennessee 6, Long Beach State 3, Virginia Commonwealth 2, Weber State 2, Nevada 1, Iowa State 1
- Dropped from rankings: Virginia 22, Mississippi State 23, Gonzaga 24