A week ago, Oklahoma was one of only two teams to lose at home in Big 12 men’s basketball (TCU was the other). Over the weekend, the Sooners were the only road team to get out of town with a victory. Such is the way the 2013-14 season is going in the seemingly unpredictable Big 12.
Eighth-ranked Kansas (19-6, 10-2) took out all of its frustrations after losing earlier in the week to in-state rival Kansas State, roughing up TCU (9-15, 0-12) at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday by a 30-point margin. Meanwhile the backsliding Cowboys of Oklahoma State fell victim for the sixth straight game and their third consecutive time at home, losing the lead late and losing to in-state Bedlam archrival Oklahoma.
While the Oklahoma State losing streak is now at six games, Baylor, which earlier had its own four-game losing slide and five out of seven, made it two straight wins, outlasting Kansas State in double overtime. The Bears are now tied with Oklahoma State in eighth place in the confereence standings.
As fate would have it, OSU and Baylor, both with identical 4-8 records in the Big 12 and two teams that were expected to be top contenders in the league race this season, will meet up in a “Big Monday” contest this week, with sole possession of eighth place at stake. Ironically both teams were once ranked in the nation’s top 10, and Oklahoma State was the first conference team to 16 wins, where the Cowboys still stand.
Both Kansas State and Texas Tech were riding two game winning streaks going into Saturday’s action, losing on the road at Baylor and Iowa State, respectively. And West Virginia, which had beaten Iowa State and Oklahoma in its last two home games, got hogtied at Texas, which claimed its ninth win in its last 10 games with a 17-point win over the Mountaineers in Austin.
Those are the headlines. Here are the highlights from Saturday’s Big 12 men’s action:
- Kansas sophomore Perry Ellis scored a career-high 32 points in the Jayhawks 95-65 win over TCU
- Thge Jayhawks outrebounded TCU by 17 boards (35 to 18). It was the 12th time this season (seventh time in the Big 12) that Kansas has outrebounded its opponent by double digits.
- Oklahoma scored on seven of its last eight possessions at Oklahoma State on Saturday and outscored the Cowboys 15-7 in the last 3:04 of the game. The Sooners pulled out a three-point 77-74 victory and sweeping the Bedlam series with OSU this season.
- A major factor in Oklahoma’s win over Oklahoma State was bench scoring. The Sooners’ bench outscored the Cowboys reserves by a whopping 34-1.
- Texas (20-5, 9-3) is the first Big 12 team to reach 20 wins this season. The Longhorns had five players score in double figures and outscored West Virginia (15-11, 7-6) 46-14 in the paint.
- Texas outrebounded West Virginia by 15 boards in their first meeting at West Virginia. The rebounding margin on Saturday was plus 19 in favor of the Longhorns.
- Iowa State’s 70-64 victory of resurgent Texas Tech (13-12, 5-7) raises the Cyclones record to 14-0 this season when they have led at halftime. The Cyclones (19-5, 7-5) are the only team in NCAA Division I that has scored 70 or more points in every game this season. Iowa State registered 20 points off of Texas Tech turnovers in its home win over the Red Raiders.
- Baylor trailed Kansas State (17-8, 7-5) by 10 points with nine minutes to go in the game and fought back to tie the game at 68 in regulation.
- Baylor made six of 25 three-point attempts (24 percent) in its double-overtime win over Kansas State. The Bears, who lead the Big 12 in three-point shooting this season, have now recorded at least one three-point field goal in 719 consecutive games, second in the Big 12 to Texas).
- Kansas State led Baylor by nine points, 30-21, at halftime on Saturday. The last time Baylor came back to win after trailing at halftime was at Texas in February 2012.