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The Weekend in Big 12 Hoops... We Are The World

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Two barn burners and four blowouts recap Saturday's Big 12 action.

The highlight of league play was Baylor using a last second tip-in to defeat Mizzou in the game of the day, not just in the Big 12, but possibly in all of basketball. The other close game was between two Texas rivals as A&M held off a late Red Raider charge to win in Lubbock.

The other four conference games were won by an average of 25 points, helped in large part to Texas' 40 point dismantling of Nebraska in the Longhorns' must win game.

See all the recaps, players of the games and scores after the Jump.

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Saturday, February 13

(24) Baylor - 64
Missouri - 62

in Waco, TX

Epke Udoh was thinking NBA after his tip-in with 1.3 seconds left gave No. 24 Baylor a 64-62 victory over Missouri on Saturday.

"I had a chance to tip it, and it was Kobe time," Udoh said, invoking the name of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant after making his third game-winning shot of the season. "Thank God, because if we had lost we would have been sad."

Bears coach Scott Drew was far from sad as he punched the air over and over after Udoh's latest big play.

"We won it the way we wanted -- with rebounds and defense," said Drew, who evened his record at Baylor at 100-100 in his seventh season. "We know how important the boards are."

Full Recap
Player of the Game: Quincy Acy, Baylor, 12 pts, 11 reb

(1) Kansas - 73
Iowa St -
in Lawrence, KS

It took Bill Self less than 17 full seasons to get to 400 wins. He doubts many coaches of his generation will stick around long enough to approach 800, the sort of numbers put up by giants like Bob Knight and Dean Smith.

"I think it's different now," Self said Saturday night after his No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks used a second-half surge to beat Iowa State 73-59.

"I don't think there's going to be a lot of guys who win 800 from this point forward. I think the business has changed enough where guys aren't going to coach for as many years as they had. And also, coaches are making more money now so you don't have to work as long to retire."

Marcus Morris and Cole Aldrich each had double-doubles for the Jayhawks (24-1, 10-0) and Xavier Henry and Tyshawn Taylor fueled a 14-0 run to raise Self's overall record to 400-146.

Full Recap
Player of the Game: Craig Brackins, Iowa St., 18 pts, 10 reb, 5 assists

Oklahoma St - 97
Oklahoma - 76

in Stillwater, OK

James Anderson matched his season high with 31 points, Keiton Page added a career-high 25 points and Oklahoma State routed Oklahoma 97-76 on Saturday in the Bedlam rivalry game.

The Cowboys (17-7, 5-5 Big 12) put the game away with a 16-0 spurt early in the second half that started and finished with dunks by Matt Pilgrim. His right-handed jam began it, and the run only ended after he was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim too long after a two-handed alley-oop slam that made it 67-43.

Oklahoma State eventually led 88-58 after Page's driving layup with 6:23 left.

Tommy Mason-Griffin led Oklahoma (13-11, 4-6) with 30 points, but 18 of those came after the Sooners were already down by 30. Oklahoma played without top scorer Willie Warren (illness) and top rebounder Tiny Gallon, who was suspended.

Full Recap
Player of the Game: James Anderson, Oklahoma St., 31 pts, 4 reb, 4 assists

(14) Texas - 91
Nebraska - 51
in Austin, TX

At halftime, Texas' Avery Bradley looked up to the scoreboard to see a rarity for the Longhorns of late: a lead.

A big one at that.

Bradley scored 25 points and No. 14 Texas used a big first half to romp to a 91-51 win over Nebraska on Saturday. The Longhorns' 53-26 halftime lead was the first time since the Big 12 opener against Colorado back on Jan. 9 that Texas held the lead at halftime in a conference game.

Full Recap
Player of the Game: Avery Bradley, Texas, 25 pts, 5 reb 1 assist

Texas A&M - 67
Texas Tech - 65

in Lubbocck, TX

B.J. Holmes scored 18 points to lead Texas A&M past Texas Tech 67-65 on Saturday.

The Red Raiders were up 51-47 midway through the second half before the Aggies (18-6, 7-3 Big 12) used a 10-2 run to go up 61-55. Holmes, who was 4 of 7 from 3-point range, hit from behind the arc to cap the spurt.

Texas Tech (16-8, 4-6) pulled within 63-60 on two free throws by David Tairu with 30.5 seconds remaining, but four free throws by Donald Sloan and Brian Davis kept A&M out front.

Davis added 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Aggies, who won their fourth straight.

John Roberson scored 22 points to lead Texas Tech, but he was held to six points in the second half.

Full Recap
Player of the Game: B.J. Holmes, Texas A&M, 18 pts, 2 reb.

(9) Kansas St. - 68
Colorado - 51

in Manhattan, KS

Frank Martin was determined to stick with his new offense against Colorado's 1-3-1 zone. Even as his team threw the ball away and struggled to get good shots, Kansas State's coach didn't back off his plan.

Martin is stubborn that way. He's also smart enough to realize when he's wrong.

Uncomfortable with Martin's new offense in the first half, the ninth-ranked Wildcats reverted to their aggressive, effective style in the second to turn an ugly game into a 68-51 rout over Colorado on Saturday night.

Full Recap
Player of the Game: Jacob Pullen, Kansas St., 15 pts, 10 assists, reb