It wasn't a banner day for Big 12 basketball, despite two high profile teams getting wins on national television. The conference saw their first two losses after starting a perfect 17-0 on the new season. Both losses, let it be known, were played in road games, so the conference can still boast a perfect record at home.
Read quick recaps of each of today's games after The Jump.
Though the game was closer than the score appeared, Bear fans should be encouraged that despite a less than dominating performance, Baylor was without senior leader LaceDarius Dunn, who is sitting out three games due to an occurrence over the off-season. The Bears saw Quincy Acy and Perry Jones III each registering double digits, with Acy accounting for 25 points and 11 rebounds and Jones notching 12/11. Anthony Jones also helped the cause with 14 points. If Baylor needs to improve it would be in three point shooting, where they were a dismal 3-13 (23.1%).
Kansas State Wildcats - 73
Virginia Tech Hokies - 57
The good news for K-State, they won by nearly 20 points. The better news, they did so with Curtis Kelly in street clothes and Jacob Pullen sitting for most of the first half with foul troubles. Despite two of their stars essentially not playing in the first half, the Wildcats clung to a 1 point lead at the break then broke it open with a 15-point edge in the second half. Pullen ended the game tied with Rodney McGruder and Jamar Samuels for the team lead in points with 13. Malcolm Delaney lead the Hokies in scoring with 22.
It took the Buffs some time to find their sea legs, as Georgia mounted am early 17-point lead in the first half. After a few timeouts, though, the Buffs mounted a come back and actually went into the locker room at half tied with the Bulldogs at 33. The second half started the same way as the first, with the Buffs cold as the Boulder air, but again it was comeback time, though this time it wasn't enough as the Bulldogs held off the charge. Of all the slow starters, Cory Higgins was the tops, registering a mere 4 points at 12 minute mark of the second half. He did stroke a few and ended with 15 on 4-10 shooting . Sophomore Alec Burks led CU with 23 points. Gerald Robinson scored 20 for UGA, who was essentially playing without All-SEC forward Trey Thompkins, who is nursing a sprained ankle.
Fans should love them some overtime. More basketball, no increase in ticket prices. But if you are a fan of a team in overtime you know that the game can be determined by the bounce of a ball. Red Raider fans never really got to enjoy this one, as Texas Tech and North Texas were never separated by more than a few baskets. Then when the overtime buzzer sounded and Tech found themselves on the trailing end of the scoreboard, fans were surely upset at losing to an in-state school in a lowered-tiered conference. Brad Reese paced the Red Raiders with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Preseason stars, John Roberson and Mike Singetary combined for 24 points on 8 of 24 shooting in the loss. Senior Josh White scored 32 for the Mean Green shooting 11-18 from the field and 7-8 from the line.