Big 12 Winners and Losers from Saturday

With another weekend of Big 12 basketball in the books and the conference season is getting close to completion. This Saturday provided some results that were expected but also a few games that definitely not many (maybe no one) saw coming.

Let's take a look at the winners and losers from this Saturday in Big 12 basketball.

WINNERS

Nebraska Cornhuskers - Let's start with the team that pulled the biggest shocker not just in the Big 12 but in all of college basketball by defeating Texas 70-67. The win puts Doc Sadler's team back into bubble discussion and gives them some serious motivation heading into now crucial games at home versus K-State and Missouri.

Kansas State Wildcats: While their victory over Oklahoma was expected it was still critical that K-State avoid a letdown after their win over #1 Kansas last Monday. With all the discussion of a weak bubble this year, the Wildcats did what they had to do on Saturday to try and keep themselves in the field.

Mark Turgeon - Texas A&M:  Talk about a coach who is flying somewhat under the radar this year. With the 67-66 win at Oklahoma State, the #17 Aggies have now won four straight conference games, three of them on the road. The total point margin of those four wins combined is only 12 points and in Overtime games this year A&M is 3-1. Turgeon is doing a brilliant job with not the most talented team, he should be in the conversation for coach of the year in the Big 12.

Missouri Tigers: The Tigers finally got a road win in the conference and avoided dropping to a .500 record in conference play. The win should give the Tigers some confidence next time out on the road.

LOSERS

Texas Longhorns: While the loss in the big picture isn't that damaging for this team, the short term effects are major. With a win here the Longhorns were poised to grab the #1 ranking in the country and continue with their push for a perfect 16-0 conference record. Both of those accomplishments are gone now and it will be interesting to see how motivated UT is next time out at home against a struggling Iowa State squad.

Baylor Bears: Just a horrible home loss against Texas Tech for this team that is fighting to be included in the NCAA Tournament. Every game is critical and the Bears needed to hold serve at home and were unable to do it. The up and down year continues for Baylor and the ride took a step closer to the NIT.

Carl Blair - Oklahoma Sooners: After hitting a three pointer to pull the Sooners within 5 points late in the second half Blair was then whistled for a technical foul that stopped OU's momentum. After the technical K-State scored the next 14 points and the game was effectively over.

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