The first Saturday of Big 12 league play is over and it brought a few upsets along with some entertaining endings. Some players (Alec Burks) raised their games to new levels to lead their teams while others will need to try and bounce back next time out.
A quick rundown of what happened in league play yesterday. Also check out our Predictions for these games we did last Thursday and see how right (or wrong) we were.
Missouri had no answers for Colorado as the Buffs move to 1-0 in league play and gain a home victory over a Top Ten squad with their 89-76 win. Alec Burks went off for 36 points and per Evan here with big12hoops.com made the Missouri coaching staff remember they could have recruited him out of Grandview, Missouri.
Nebraska and Iowa State had probably the best finish of league play as this one came down to the wire with Nebraska getting the home victory 63-62. Huge win for the Cornhuskers as they now take on the aforementioned Missouri Tigers coming off a loss.
Texas A&M traveled to Norman, OK on Saturday to take on the struggling Oklahoma Sooners under Jeff Capel. The Aggies do what good teams do, they keep losing teams losing, as the Aggies defeated OU by a score of 69-51. Khris Middleton led A&M with 16 points.
Another team that was on the road on Saturday was Kansas State but their journey didn't end up as happily for them as the Aggies did. The Wildcats did what they have done for many years now, they went into Gallagher-Iba Arena to face Oklahoma State and they left with a loss on their record. The final score ended up being 76-62 as the Cowboys pulled away in the second half. Full Recap here.
The Baylor Bears avoided what would have been a disastrous loss to open league play as they went to Texas Tech and defeated the Red Raiders 71-59. The Bears only had a six point halftime lead and at one time trailed in the second half but managed to pull away for the double digit victory. LaceDarius Dunn and Perry Jones each had 20 points while John Roberson led Tech with 14 points.
While Nebraska vs Iowa State was probably the best finish of league play, the game in Austin, TX yesterday might have been the best in the country. The UConn Huskies went into Texas and defeated the Longhorns in OT by a score of 82-81. I won't even try and describe all the twists and turns of this one. Check out the highlights.