LAWRENCE KS - JANUARY 22: Tristan Thompson #13 of the Texas Longhorns wins the opening tip-off over Markieff Morris #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the game on January 22 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
In the two Big 12 basketball games pitting ranked teams, the stars at night were big and bright deep in the heart of Texas.
In the conference's marquee match up, the Horns hooked something they never had, a win in Lawrence. Prior to Saturday UT was 0-9 in games played in Lawrence, including 0-7 at Allen Field House.
But the way this began, you would have expected KU's 69 game home win streak to continue. Down 10-0 and then 16-2 early, the Longhorns looked like they were in for a long afternoon. However Jordan Hamilton and J'Covan Brown rallied Texas, who took their first lead near the 10 minute mark of the second half. The Morris twins contributed 26 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.
#10 Texas A&M Aggies - 64
#24 Kansas St. Wildcats - 56
In the other Texas-Kansas match-up, the Aggies held off a late K-State charge secure the win in College Station. Khris Middleton led A&M with 18 points. Jacob Pullen had 21, while Curtis Kelly added 15 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
After a heartbreaking loss in overtime to Oklahoma State, because of weather the Cyclones were unable to get back to Ames, so instead they traveled from Stillwater to Columbia without returning home. The travel, and Mizzou's pressure defense, looked like it took a toll on ISU, as the clones shot just 27.1% from the field in the 33 points loss. Five tigers scored in double figures, led by Michael Dixon's 15. Ricardo Ratliffe added six blocks. Jake Anderson had nearly half of ISU's points, scoring 20 in the loss.
Tides are turning for these two squads. After winning their first three conference games, CU has now lost their last two. Conversely, after dropping their first three, Oklahoma is now on a two game win streak. CU's Alec Burks and Cory Higgins and OU's Cade Davis each contributed a game high 15 points.
Baylor bounced back from a humiliating home loss to KU on Big Monday with a nice win over the Cowboys. The Cowboys were riddled in foul trouble, including star Marshall Moses who played a season-low 11 minutes because of fouls. Freshman sensation Perry Jones scored 24 for Baylor, who secured their largest defeat ever against Oklahoma State.
D'walyn Roberts tipped in a miss for the Red Raiders with under four seconds remaining to earn Tech its first conference victory of the season. The inspiring news is that John Roberson and Mike Singletary finally showed up, combining for 39 points in the win.