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The Weekend in Big 12 Basketball

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Two of the top teams in the conference found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreboard, and for Texas it was the second loss of the week (Survivor Big XII implications perhaps?). 

The rest of the conference pretty much went as you would expect.

After The Jump scores, recaps and players of the games for all of the weekend's action.

But first, highlights of Iowa State's Marquis Gilstrap dunking over Kansas' Cole Adlrich. Twice.

Missouri - 70
Nebraska - 53

in Columbia, MO

Reserve Miguel Paul scored a career-best 15 points with 10 coming during a 15-1 second-half run that helped Missouri put away Nebraska 70-53 on Saturday night.

 

Justin Safford added nine points and 11 rebounds and Zaire Taylor had 12 points for the Tigers (15-4, 3-1 Big 12), who won their 31st in a row at home.

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Player of the Game: Miguel Paul, Missouri, 15 pts

(3) Kansas - 84
Iowa St. - 61

in Ames, IA

If Kansas center Cole Aldrich's junior season hadn't hit bottom, it was certainly getting there. Not only was Aldrich in the midst of a midseason slump, the recent death of his grandmother weighed heavily on his mind.

Aldrich snapped out of his funk with a performance that, until recently, was what folks expected from him. He tied a season high with 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as No. 3 Kansas cruised past Iowa State 84-61 on Saturday for its fourth straight win.

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Player of the Game: Cole Aldrich, Kansas, 19 pts, 11 reb.

Texas A&M - 67
Colorado - 63

in College Station, TX

Donald Sloan scored 18 points, including four late free throws, as Texas A&M beat Colorado 67-63 on Saturday to extend the Buffaloes' Big 12 road misery.

The win was Texas A&M's seventh straight over the Buffaloes and extended the Colorado's conference road losing streak to 32 games.

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Player of the Game: Donald Sloan, Texas A&M, 18 pts, 3 reb, 3 assists

Oklahoma St - 73
(10) Kansas St - 69

in Manhattan, KS

Short-handed and far from home, Oklahoma State did something it hadn't done since Eddie Sutton played for the Cowboys.

James Anderson scored 30 points and Obi Muonelo hit two key 3-pointers in the final minutes Saturday, lifting underdog Oklahoma State to a 73-69 victory over No. 10 Kansas State. It had been just six days since the crestfallen Wildcats (16-3, 3-2 Big 12) beat No. 1 Texas on the same floor.

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Player of the Game: James Anderson, Oklahoma St, 30 pts, 3 reb, 3 assists

UConn - 88
(1) Texas - 74

in Storrs, CT

Connecticut lost its coach this week, but found its swagger.

Jerome Dyson scored a career-high 32 points and UConn overcame a 10-point second-half deficit to upset top-ranked Texas 88-74 on Saturday.

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Player of the Game: Damion James, Texas, 23 pts, 7 reb

(25) Baylor - 71
UMass - 45

in Waco, TX

Baylor took full advantage of a break from a brutal stretch of Big 12 games against Top 10 opponents, making a little history while easing coach Scott Drew's concerns.

Ekpe Udoh and Tweety Carter both scored 23 points to lead No. 25 Baylor to a 71-45 victory over Massachusetts, giving the Bears (15-3) their school-record 11th consecutive home victory. It was also their 13th non-conference win, their most since winning 14 during the 1945-46 season.

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Player of the Game: Tweety Carter, Baylor, 23 pts, 7 reb, 3 assists

Texas Tech - 75
Oklahoma - 65

in Lubbock, TX

Mike Singletary had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead Texas Tech over Oklahoma 75-65 on Saturday night.

The Red Raiders (14-5, 2-3 Big 12) pulled ahead in the final three minutes, closing the game on a 10-1 run.

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Player of the Game: Mike Singletary, Texas Tech, 24 pts, 10 reb