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Big 12 Weekday Recap... There's No Place Like Home

The Kansas schools continued to show this week why they are atop the Big 12 standings.

While the Jayhawks dismantled under performing Oklahoma, the Wildcats won by nearly 20 in Lubbock, TX.

... so in honor of the Kansas schools, I give you Toto performing Africa. (get it? Toto. Kansas. eh? eh? Yeah, you probably got it.)

Monday, February 22 

(1) Kansas - 81
Oklahoma - 68
in Lawrence, KS

Sherron Collins didn't expect the Big 12 championship trophy to be there, at least not until No. 1 Kansas clinched the title outright. He didn't seek the hardware out, either, willing to let his teammates share in the glory.

Yet, once it was in Collins' hands, the senior could feel the enormity of the moment, the emotion and pride of doing something no other player in Kansas' storied history had ever done.

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Player of the Game: Xavier Henry, Kansas, 23 pts, 5 reb, assist

Tuesday, Febraury 23

(6) Kansas St - 83
Texas Tech - 64
in Lubbock, TX

Jacob Pullen sees his Kansas State team operating on the road like a corporation.

It seems the approach is working as the sixth-ranked Wildcats have lost only one of seven conference games away from home.

"For us, we have to handle this as business," Pullen said after scoring 21 of his 28 points in the first half to lead Kansas State to an 83-64 victory against Texas Tech on Tuesday night. "If you're McDonald's or Wendy's, you don't want Wendy's selling more than McDonald's if you're McDonald's. And so we have to make sure that we stay in front. So we handle stuff as a business, as a corporation for all our road trips."

Kansas State (23-4, 10-3) won its sixth straight overall to remain alive for a possible tie for the Big 12 championship with No. 1 Kansas.

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Player of the Game: Jacob Pullen, Kansas St, 28 pts, 2 reb, 5 assists

Wednesday, February 24

Missouri - 92
Colorado - 63
in Columbia, MO

Marcus Denmon scored 21 points as Missouri defeated Colorado 92-63 Wednesday night.

Keith Ramsey added 13 points and J.T. Tiller had 10 points and nine assists for the Tigers (21-7, 9-4 Big 12), who beat Colorado for the eighth straight time. Missouri has won three straight overall, its longest winning streak in conference play this season.

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Player of the Game: Marcus Denmon, Missouri, 21 pts, 4 reb, 2 assists

Iowa St - 78
Nebraska - 74
in Ames, IA

Craig Brackins scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Iowa State beat Nebraska 78-74 Wednesday night to snap a six-game losing streak.

Scott Christopherson added 17 for the Cyclones (14-14, 3-10 Big 12), who moved back to .500 while sweeping a Big 12 opponent for the first time in three years.

Brackins broke a 65-65 tie with a pair of dunks, then hit two free throws to give Iowa State a 71-66 lead with 1:56 left.

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Player of the Game: Craig Brackins, Iowa St, 21 pts, 10 reb, 4 blocks

(24) Baylor - 70
(22) Texas A&M - 66
in Waco, TX

LaceDarius Dunn let go of the shot from the top of the key, and the ball hit the rim a couple of times before finally falling through the hoop for Baylor.

"I popped back and I was wide open," Dunn said.

The next one from the right corner swished the net.

Those consecutive 3-pointers late by Dunn in a 33-second span, both coming right after Texas A&M had made 3s, kept the No. 24 Bears in front and they held on for a 70-66 victory over the No. 22 Aggies on Wednesday night.

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Player of the Game: LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor, 23 pts, 8 reb

(21) Texas - 69
Oklahoma St - 59
in Austin, TX

After a month of losses, a key injury and mounting frustration, No. 21 Texas needed something good to happen.

The Longhorns got it in Dexter Pittman's best game in weeks and a standout defensive performance against Big 12 scoring leader James Anderson in 69-59 win over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.

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Player of the Game: Damion James, Texas, 19 pts, 7 reb

Evan Pfaff, Managing Editor
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