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Previewing the Last Weekend in Big 12 Basketball - Predictions and Commentary

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(23) Texas A&M at Oklahoma - 11am CST
When Tony Croker walks across the Lloyd Noble Center floor to hug his parents during Senior Day activities he will try and figure out how this wild ride ended where it did. Last year they had the player of the year and rookie of the year in conference. He knew losing the player of the year would hurt, but they still had the sharpshooting ability of Willie Warren to guide them to the promised land, right? Wrong. To say that Crocker's senior season has been a disappointment is like asking if the Pope is Catholic. Now it isn't Croker's fault, as his 12 ppg and 7 rpg show. But neither he nor his teammates will be able to help them on Saturday morning and A&M rolls past the Sooners.

Nebraska at Oklahoma St - 12:30pm CST
Nebraska needs to keep teams under 60 points in order to have a shot at winning. There is a possibility James Anderson might score 60 himself in this one in what is likely his final game at historic Gallagher-Iba Arena. An exaggeration? Maybe. But the point is that the Cowboys will run away with this one.

(2) Kansas at Missouri - 1pm CST
When Zaire Taylor is introduced during Senior Day ceremonies, Mizzou PA announcer Randy Wright will undoubtedly refer to his nickname, "Mr. Big Shot." The nickname came about midseason last year when Taylor beat both Texas and Kansas during a 5-day stretch last February with last second shots. Taylor duplicated the feat again last Wednesday in Ames, IA. Well, this time around it's gonna take a lot more than a last second shot to catapult the Tigers. Kansas is deeper, stronger and better at playing the game of basketball than Mizzou. Their guard play will allow them to break the press, just as they did during a 19-pt victory in Lawrence earlier this year, and Cole Aldrich just owned the lane in the first match-up.  I think the home cooking will keep the game closer than the outcome at Phog Allen, but at the end of the day the West side of Kansas City will be happier than the East side.

Texas at (21) Baylor - 3pm CST
What to think about Texas? One one hand you think they have the potential to win it all. On the other they haven't ever shown us anything to prove that. On senior day in Waco, Tweety Carter, the ultimate teammate, will guide his teammates to a hard fought victory over the cross-state rivals.

Texas Tech at Colorado - 2pm MST
OK, I think I have this right. Tech wins and they are the 8 seed in the conference tourney and would face the 9 seed... CU.  If CU wins, and Oklahoma loses, then the seedings are reversed, but they still play each other in the first round. By the time they tip, the Sooner game will be over and a loss by OU and this game really doesn't have much baring on anything... except for that pesky fact that the teams will play again against each other on Wednesday. Keep this scenario in mind, as CU will win in Boulder, and take a three game win streak into the tourney.

Iowa State at (5) Kansas State - 5pm CST
If K-State wins they are the 2 seed in conference. Actually, I should say "When K-State wins they will be the 2 seed in conference." I keep saying how good of a team ISU has, but in Manhattan, on Senior Day for Denis Clemente (amongst others) they will again come up a tad short.