This week truly showed us who the men amongst boys are. After going into hostile Austin, TX, Kansas proved that they are the elite group of the bunch and the rest of the teams are merely players in their charade. We also saw another road team win on Tuesday, as Texas Tech beat an Oklahoma team that was coming off a Texas victory themselves. That was followed up on Wednesdays by surprisingly close games in Columbia and a squeaker in Lincoln.
But you cant possibly talk about the week thus far in Big 12 basketball without mentioning Kansas' Brady Morningstar's free throw, uhhhh, attempt(?). You have already seen it a thousand times and have read Kansas coach Bill Self's Tweet about it, but for the thousand and first time, I present the Worst. Free Throw. EVER!
Monday, February 8
(1) Kansas - 80
(14) Texas - 68
in Austin, TX
Kansas gave Texas a lesson in not only what it takes to get to No. 1, but how to stay there.
It started with a big early run and a rally-killing finish as the top-ranked Jayhawks beat No. 14 Texas 80-68 on Monday night, easily handling a team that a few weeks ago was supposed to challenge them for the Big 12 title.
"Going into the season, we were ranked one and they were two," said Marcus Morris, who overcame dislocating his right ring finger in the first half to lead Kansas with 18 points. "We circled this game on our calendars. We were ready from day one to play this game."
Player of the Game: Marcus Morris, Kansas, 18 pts, 8 reb, 4 assists
Tuesday, February 9
Texas Tech - 72
Oklahoma - 71
in Norman, OK
John Roberson scored 22 points, Darko Cohadarevic added 12 and Texas Tech barely held off a second-half rally to beat Oklahoma 72-71 Tuesday night, snapping the Sooners' 31-game home winning streak against unranked opponents.
Willie Warren and Tommy Mason-Griffin each missed potential game-winning 3-pointers in the final 5 seconds as Oklahoma (13-10, 4-5 Big 12) absorbed a disheartening blow to its postseason hopes.
Player of the Game:
Wednesday, February 10
Missouri - 65
Iowa St - 56
in Columbia, MO
J.T. Tiller scored a season-high 17 points after discarding a face mask for a broken nose in the opening minute, helping Missouri beat Iowa State 65-56 on Wednesday night.
Laurence Bowers added 10 points and a career-best 12 rebounds, and Justin Safford had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Tigers (18-6, 6-3 Big 12).
Player of the Game: JT Tiller, Missouri, 17 pts, 3 reb, 4 assists
(24) Baylor - 55
Nebraska - 53
in Lincoln, NE
Ekpe Udoh scored the go-ahead basket with 25 seconds left and Quincy Acy made two big defensive plays at the end to give No. 24 Baylor a 55-53 victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night.
LaceDarius Dunn scored 19 points to lead the Bears (18-5, 5-4 Big 12), and Udoh had six blocks to go with eight points and nine rebounds.
Myles Holley scored a career-high 11 points for Nebraska (13-11, 1-8), and Eshaunte Jones and Brandon Richardson added 10 apiece.
Player of the Game: LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor, 19 pts, 7 reb
Evan Pfaff, Senior Editor
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