Lots of good games in the Big 12 this past week, including the top ranked Kansas Jayhawks remaining unbeaten in conference play, despite a hard charge by the home-town Texas A&M Aggies. Also a squeaker in Manhattan nobody saw coming and Mizzou pressing UT into submission.
All the recaps, players of the game and scores after The Jump.
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Monday, February 15
(1) Kansas - 59
(24) Texas A&M - 54
in College Station, TX
Kansas coach Bill Self knows his team's win over Texas A&M wasn't pretty. Still, he figures it will help the Jayhawks down the road.
Xavier Henry scored 12 points, including several free throws down the stretch, to help top-ranked Kansas escape with a 59-54 win over No. 24 Texas A&M on Monday night.
It's the 11th consecutive victory for Kansas (25-1, 11-0 Big 12) and breaks a 16-game home winning streak for Texas A&M (18-7, 7-4).
Player of the Game: Cole Aldrich, Kansas, 12 pts, 10 reb
Tuesday, February 16
(22) Baylor - 88
Texas Tech - 70
in Waco, TX
Once LaceDarius Dunn finally started scoring, No. 22 Baylor had no problem reaching its third consecutive 20-win season.
Dunn finished with 30 points after being held scoreless the first 14½ minutes of the game, not getting on the board until two go-ahead free throws, and the Bears went on to an 88-70 victory over Texas Tech on Tuesday night.
"It was a little chilly in the gym. I was a little stiff, so I was just trying to get loose," Dunn said. "I knew it was going to come, though. I was just taking my time out there and taking what they were giving me."
Player of the Game: LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor, 30 pts, 5 reb
Wednesday, February 17
(7) Kansas St - 91
Nebraska - 87
in Manhattan, KS
Denis Clemente scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half, including a clinching bucket in the final seconds, and No. 7 Kansas State rallied from two big deficits before beating last-place Nebraska 91-87 on Wednesday night.
Riding the crest of their highest national ranking since 1962, the Wildcats (21-4, 8-3 Big 12) trailed by 10 points in the first half and were down nine early in the second to a team coming off a 40-point loss at No. 15 Texas.
Player of the Game: Dominique Sutton, Kansas St., 21 pts, 9 reb, assist
Oklahoma St - 69
Iowa St - 64
in Ames, IA
Obi Muonelo scored a season-high 31 points and Oklahoma State hung on to beat Iowa State 69-64 on Wednesday night, snapping a two-game road losing streak.
James Anderson added 20 points for the Cowboys (18-7, 6-5 Big 12), who blew an early 20-point lead but rallied behind Muonelo, who scored 25 points in the second half.
Player of the Game: Obi Muonelo, Oklahoma St., 31 pts, 6 reb.
Missouri - 82
(15) Texas - 77
in Columbia, MO
Kim English scored 18 points and Keith Ramsey added 12 points and 11 rebounds for his first career double-double as Missouri beat No. 15 Texas 82-77 on Wednesday night.
Jordan Hamilton led the Longhorns (20-6, 6-5) with 24 points off the bench and Damion James added 18 as the team ranked No. 1 for two weeks in mid-January lost for the sixth time in nine games and fell into a sixth-place tie in the Big 12.
Missouri (19-7, 7-4) raced to an 8-0 lead in the first two minutes as Texas turned the ball over on its first three possessions. The gap grew to 11-1 less than three minutes in, giving Missouri enough of a cushion to take a 32-31 halftime lead despite shooting just 30 percent for the half and making only one of its nine 3-point attempts.
Texas took a one-point lead early in the second half as the teams traded points with six lead changes before English had 11 points in a six-minute spurt to break it open. Missouri led by 12 before Texas made two late 3-pointers.
Player of the Game: Kim English, Missouri, 20 pts, 4 reb, 2 steals, 2 assists
Colorado - 77
Oklahoma - 67
in Boulder, CO
Cory Higgins scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, and Colorado withstood a late rally to beat Oklahoma 77-67 on Wednesday night.
Alec Burks had 17 points and Marcus Relphorde and Nate Tomlinson added 10 points each for the Buffaloes (12-13, 3-8 Big 12), who snapped a four-game losing streak. Relphorde also had 10 rebounds.
Tommy Mason-Griffin and Willie Warren each scored 19 for the Sooners (13-12, 4-7), who remained winless in six conference road games.
The loss was Oklahoma's third straight and fourth in five games. The Sooners were outshot 50 percent to 43.6 percent in losing for the fourth straight time in Colorado.
Player of the Game: Marcus Relphorde, Colorado, 13 pts, 10 reb