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My heart just isn't in this right now, not after what we saw Wednesday.
The reference to #2 wasn't intended to refer to Texas seeking its second win. It was intended to refer to the fight for second place in the conference. Bottom two teams and the teams tied for 7th are facing off, leaving the top 6 in a significant weekend melee.
BU, KSU, OU 5-2
ISU, OSU 4-3
TT, WVU 2-5
OSU @ KU in the latest round of pretender heading to Lawrence. We'll see if OSU can rebound against a big team. If it can't, it is probably in trouble. Self called OSU the most talented team in the conference back in October. KU will have a tougher second half, since it played only one tough opponent on the road so far. In the second half, it has to go to Stillwater, Norman, Ames, and Waco.
KSU @ OU. Winner stays in second and within range of KU. I have to think Osby and M'Baye are matchup problems for KSU, but OU didn't take full advantage of that in Manhattan in a 69-60 KSU win. Those two combined to shoot 10/18, and OU dominated the boards, but Osby uncharacteristically bricked most of his ft. (He's an .811 shooter on the year.) KSU shot 10/24 bta in that game, and McGruder went nuts in the second half.
Baylor @ ISU. Kind of a do or die game for ISU which already has the horrible loss to Tech, the heartbreakingly stupid loss @ KU, and the tough loss in Stillwater. ISU is in the position to make a big move in the standings, since it hosts OU on Monday, then goes to Manhattan, so it goes back to back to back against the three teams currently in 2nd place. Baylor doesn't have anyone who is a decent match for Clyburn in a man defense. Baylor has had the easiest schedule so far, having already played TCU twice and Tech and Texas once each.
WVU@TT. Sole possession of 7th place on the line. Not exactly what either fan base was expecting in early November.
TCU@UT. Like I said in the game thread, it's kind of sad to think McKinney and Abron might present a matchup problem for Texas. Sad and scary, and this might not even be a Mack Brown kind of scary. Texas will win, I have little doubt of that. Well, that's not true, since I have to consider what we saw Wednesday. Texas SHOULD win.
This post was edited by bierce on 2/2/2013 at 12:54 PM
Something happening to pique interest. OSU 26 KU 12 10:58 to go in the first. Markel Brown with 14 points on 5/6, 3/4 bta. KU with 5 TO
Marcus Smart just may have won the game against KU. Just got an offensive rebound and follow after a missed front end, then forced a turnover by Young, then corralled another offensive rebound and sank the follow shot.
OSU up 73-68 with 1:32 left.
Smart and Forte hit 9/10 ft down the stretch and Smart stole it from Johnson with 4 seconds left and KU down 3. He threw it forward to Forte for the final layup. 85-80 OSU.
The quest's survivor is KSU, at least as of today.
KSU 52 OU 50. A very deliberate game. KSU had it in hand with an eight point lead and the ball with just over 2 minutes to go, but OU forced a couple of turnovers, KSU went 0-3 when it wasn't turning it over, and Osby got a layup and one, Grooms hit a three, and Grooms drove for a layup to force a tie with 13 seconds left. Rodriguez drew a foul and hit the game winning ft with 5 seconds left. OU, one of the best ft shooting teams in the conference, missed 3 front ends.
ISU 79 Baylor 71. Baylor did a good job of harassing ISU perimeter shooters, forcing them to shoot only 4/24 bta, but ISU shot 60% on its other shots (21/35) and was 25/30 from the line. ISU now has the longest home winning streak in conference at 19 games. Clyburn went for 28 and 10. First play by ISU was to run Clyburn underneath to score inside with Walton covering him. Jackson finished with 23 and 6 assists, but he didn't get a lot of help. Austin and Jefferson combined for 18 boards, but they managed only one block.
ISU, BU, OU, OSU 5-3
TT, UT 2-6
We sure could have used some of those DFW kids from Okie State.
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