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KU, KSU 14-3
KU @ Baylor
Most interesting game of the day, early evening edition. Baylor has to win and have a good conference tournament win (or two) to have a chance at the NCAA tournament. KU clinches the 1 seed in the conference tournament with a win
KSU @ OSU
Most interesting game of the day, early afternoon edition. KSU gets at least a title share, though will lose the tiebreaker to KU. OSU needs the win to guarantee the third seed, since OU owns the tiebreaker.
OSU has generally pulled the games out at home, but they haven't been anything like dominant at home recently. Their last 4 home games were OT win over Baylor thanks to Jackson driving into a brick wall and Walton thinking he could make a layup with Cobbins right there, an OT win over OU after Grooms thought he could throw a bounce pass cross court with two defenders between him and the target, a 2OT loss to KU in which one period ended with Smart foolishly throwing up a shot from 3/4 distance with 3 seconds to advance the ball for a decent look, and a 13 point win over a Texas team that lost on the road to KU, KSU, and ISU by a total of 72 points.
In the first game, McGruder went nuts in the second half. Brian Williams, who wasn't available in that game, may have something to say about whether he will do so again.
ISU @ WVU
What a season it might have been for ISU. Two OT losses to KU, both prompted by Lucious, an 80% ft shooter bricking ft late in regulation. The inexplicable loss to Tech. Double OT loss to Texas. Last second loss in Stillwater. This team could have easily been 15-2 with the conference title already clinched. Oh, well. Live by the three and die by careless play at the end of games. Maybe they get rattled by the crowd. Maybe they don't respond well to pressure. Maybe they aren't very smart. Maybe it's bad luck (McLemore banked three and E Johnson making everything he threw up). Maybe it's a conspiracy to keep KU happy (swallowed whistle on the charge, suddenly found when two guys were on the floor). It's hard to say, but it is apparent that there is talent that didn't quite get the results it might have had. ISU is 292nd in Pomeroy's luck rating.
The best seed ISU can hope for is 4th, but that requires it to beat WVU, OU to lose to TCU (ha!), KU to lose to Baylor, and KSU to beat OSU. That would be quite a payoff in Vegas, I reckon.
The game in Ames was one of WVU's better efforts in conference, a 69-67 loss.
OU @ TCU
OU has a shot at third seed with a win and an OSU loss. OU has the tiebreaker due to its sweep of Baylor.
Texas @ Tech
Time to work on flex? Kidding. With a win, Texas can move into 7th, putting it in the 2/3 bracket of the conference tournament, rather than the 1/4, but at present all we know is that Kansas and Kansas State will be 1/2 or 2/1, and OSU and OU will be 3/4 or 4/3.
In a little side note that has nothing to do with Big 12 basketball, Pat Knight is working on a 3-27 season at Lamar.
This post was edited by bierce 16 months ago
Huggy's guys are getting annihilated 40-20, 3:19 left in the half. WVU is 1/13 bta; ISU is 7/12.
KSU and OSU in a tight game in the first half, 28-27 with 3:10 to go.
KSU on a 20-5 run to start the second half, turning a 36-30 deficit into a 50-41 lead with 13:09 left.
How in the heck can 2 ranked Big 12 teams play and it is only on some obscure TV station on Directv.
KSU melted down on offense and defense right after taking that nine point lead, allowing every OSU player to drive right and get to the rim and Rodriguez jacking up quick shots and trying to throw passes through defenders' arms. Refs did some favors to OSU by letting them go over the shoulder of KSU players with regularity to deflect passes, but this mess was mainly on KSU breakdowns.
OSU about to finish it off with a 7 point lead and 28 seconds left.
ISU won by 9.
OU came out flat and lost to TCU, but has the tiebreaker over ISU due to having a win over KU.
Baylor is up 46-34 with 16:35 left. Cory Jefferson is 9/11, including 3/3 bta. He was 0/4 on the year before today.
Baylor just beat KU senseless. 81-58 with 48 seconds left. Jackson and Jefferson combined for 53 points on 22/26 shooting.
KU and OU both mailed in meaningless games. Baylor will obviously take the win.
We should finish the year with a three game winning streak, yes we did have three game lefts; then have to deal with reality playing KSU in Kansas City.
I was shocked by the number of teams that basically didn't show up to play today. In addition to KU and OU (and you can add Texas to the list, even though we won), Syracuse, UNC, Oregon, Florida all laid an egg today. It was interesting to note that Florida has failed to win a single game this year that has been decided by fewer than 10 points. That doesn't bode well for tournament play.
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