The Weekend that Was, The week that is, Conference Call, Rankings and Standings

Kansas claimed no worst than a tie for their 8th straight Big 12 Conference crown with its incredible, indescribable 19-point come-from-behind win over rival Missouri Saturday in what will forever be etched in lore in the great history of the greatest rivalry in college basketball.

STANDINGS CONFERENCE OVERALL
Big 12 W-L GB PCT W-L PCT STRK
#4 Kansas 14-2 .875 24-5 .828 W6
#8 Missouri 12-4 2 .750 25-4 .862 L2
#10 Baylor 11-5 3 .688 24-5 .828 W2
Iowa State 11-5 3 .688 21-8 .724 W3
Kansas State 8-8 6 .500 19-9 .679 L1
Texas 8-8 6 .500 18-11 .621 W1
Oklahoma State 7-9 7 .438 14-15 .483 W1
Texas A&M 4-12 10 .250 13-15 .464 L3
Oklahoma 4-12 10 .250 14-14 .500 L1
Texas Tech 1-15 13 .063 8-20 .286 L4
EXPANDED AP 25 ESPN/USA HOME ROAD OVERALL
Big 12 W-L W-L W-L W-L PF PA
#4 Kansas 5-3 5-3 15-1 7-2 75.1 61.2
#8 Missouri 5-2 5-2 15-1 6-3 79.7 65.2
#10 Baylor 2-4 2-4 13-3 8-2 74.4 63.6
Iowa State 1-4 1-4 15-2 4-6 73.3 66.0
Kansas State 4-3 4-3 11-4 5-4 71.0 63.0
Texas 0-7 0-6 14-3 4-6 73.7 66.3
Oklahoma State 1-6 1-5 11-3 2-8 67.1 67.4
Texas A&M 0-7 0-7 11-6 2-7 60.6 60.4
Oklahoma 2-6 2-6 10-5 1-7 70.0 68.8
Texas Tech 0-5 0-5 7-7 1-10 59.9 67.1

After losing two out of three, Kansas has won six in a row since blowing an 8-point lead in two and a half minutes and has now won 12 of the league’s 16 conference titles.

Its win over Missouri propelled Kansas in the polls. Missouri fell and Baylor climbed back into the Top 10 as the league’s three ranked teams are all in the Top 10.

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (63) 28-1 1,623
2 Syracuse (2) 29-1 1,562
3 Kansas 24-5 1,459
4 Duke 25-4 1,409
5 Michigan State 24-5 1,372
6 North Carolina 25-4 1,314
7 Missouri 25-4 1,253
8 Marquette 24-5 1,150
9 Baylor 24-5 1,055
10 Ohio State 23-6 1,036
11 Georgetown 21-6 906
12 Murray State 28-1 885
13 Michigan 21-8 766
14 Wisconsin 21-8 764
15 Wichita State 26-4 754
16 Florida 22-7 638
17 UNLV 24-6 531
18 Indiana 22-7 444
19 Louisville 22-7 426
20 Notre Dame 20-9 357
21 San Diego State 22-6 304
22 Florida State 19-9 252
23 Temple 22-6 158
24 Virginia 21-7 142
25 Creighton 25-5 140
  • Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 115, Iowa State 80, Saint Mary’s 62, New Mexico 60, Drexel 41, Vanderbilt 23, Virginia Commonwealth 9, Long Beach State 8, Brigham Young 6, Harvard 5, Memphis 5, Purdue 3, California 3, Kansas State 2, Southern Miss 2, Alabama 1
ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (31) 28-1 775
2 Syracuse 29-1 744
3 Duke 25-4 690
4 Kansas 24-5 683
5 Michigan State 24-5 650
6 North Carolina 25-4 627
7 Marquette 24-5 568
8 Missouri 25-4 566
9 Murray State 28-1 480
10 Baylor 24-5 475
11 Ohio State 23-6 470
12 Georgetown 21-6 439
13 Florida 22-7 354
14 Wichita State 26-4 352
15 Wisconsin 21-8 341
16 Michigan 21-8 306
17 UNLV 24-6 281
18 Louisville 22-7 202
19 Notre Dame 20-9 184
20 Indiana 22-7 178
21 Saint Mary’s 25-5 163
22 Florida State 19-9 119
23 San Diego State 22-6 111
24 Creighton 25-5 80
25 Temple 22-6 53
  • Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 48, Drexel 30, Virginia 30, New Mexico 23, Vanderbilt 13, Middle Tennessee 8, Iowa State 8, Long Beach State 6, Kansas State 5, Mississippi State 5, Washington 2, Weber State 1, Virginia Commonwealth 1, Nevada 1, Memphis 1, California 1, Harvard 1

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In addition to Kansas’ win over Mizzou, there were four other games, including one more overtime game.

Texas 71, Tech 67 (OT)

Burnt Orange Nation: Texas Survives Tech in Overtime, 71-67

In Manhattan, fresh off a sweep of Missouri and back-to-back road wins over Top 10 teams, Kansas State fell to Iowa State 65-61, marking the third time Kansas State has been swept this season.

KC Star: K-State stumbles at home, loses to Iowa State 65-61

Topeka Capital Journal: K-State doomed Octagon once again

Topeka Capital Journal: Henriquez has career game wasted in loss

Topeka Capital Journal: Christopherson goes off for 29 points

Other Games

Baylor 70, Oklahoma 60

Highlights

Our Daily Bears: Overreaction Central: Baylor beats Oklahoma 70-60
Crimson and Cream Machine: Baylor Rallies Past Oklahoma 70-60

Oklahoma State 60, A&M 42

Highlights

Cowboys Ride for Free: Oklahoma State Beats Texas A&M Without Le’Bryan Nash
Daily Oklahoman: OSU’s Travis Ford coaches through his burdens
Daily Oklahoman: Le’Bryan Nash out indefinitely

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Coach Speak

A&M Coach Billy Kennedy, “There really have been no easy games in the league this year. It’s been very competitive.”

Baylor’s Scott Drew, looking ahead to Big 12 Tournament, “The Big 12 Championship should have a lot of great, close games. The fans are in for a treat.”

“Certain teams match up well with certain teams, others don’t match up as well.”

Frank Haith, “Obviously (Kansas) was a tough game. I felt like we should have won the game.”

ISU’s Fred Hoiberg, “Every night whether you are at home or on the road in this league is an unbelievable battle.”

KSU’s Frank Martin on ISU loss, “I was disappointed before, during & after the game, but that’s over with.”

“I haven’t been pleased with focus of our team at home.”

OU’s Lon Kruger on his team after Baylor loss, “We have to keep working, keep battling. We did some good things in the Baylor game.”

Texas’ Rick Barnes, “We are not consistently where we want to be. We just need to improve and get better.”

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This Week’s Games

Monday

Texas Tech @ Baylor (8, ESPN U)

Kansas @ Oklahoma State (8, ESPN)

Tuesday

Kansas State @ Texas A&M (6, ESPN2)

Wednesday

Iowa State @ Mizzou (7, Big 12 Network/ESPN3)

Oklahoma @ Texas (8, ESPN2)

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