By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
Here is Saturday’s slate of Big 12 hoops games:
Iowa State at Oklahoma (12:30 p.m. on Big 12 Network) - On nationally televised Big Monday, Iowa State had its arena packed and the defending Big 12 champs on the ropes, up four with less than a minute remaining. But a frantic comeback, aided by some questionable officiating, gave Kansas the overtime win. Two days later, on a late night in Austin, OU was cruising with an insurmountable 22-point cushion with less than eight minutes to play. Or, at least we thought it was insurmountable. Texas ended the game on a 47-19 run, stunning the Sooners. Two brutal overtime losses. Two disheartened teams. One will respond with a big win in Norman on Saturday. The other could suddenly find itself on the tourney bubble.
West Virginia at Kansas (1 p.m. on CBS) - Not sure the Moutaineers know what’s about to hit them in their first Big 12 visit to Phog Allen Fieldhouse. And not sure they have enough talent to keep this within 20. Bill Self doesn’t lose in Lawrence, unless, of course, he’s playing against a future lottery pick capable of bullying his guards and backflipping on his court. Don’t imagine one of those is residing in Morgantown these days.
Texas at Oklahoma State (3 p.m. on ESPN) - There’s slight worry among Cowboy nation that Texas and Myck Kabango could ride the momentum of Wednesday’s furious comeback over OU into Gallagher on Saturday. I don’t really see it. That was an aberration. This is a terrible Longhorns team. Shooting percentages on the season: 41% FG / 28% 3FG. Shooting percentages in the first game against OSU’s stingy defense: 39% FG / 5% 3FG. If the Cowboys play their game, they should roll.
TCU at Texas Tech (3 p.m. on Big 12 Network) - Let’s just pretend like this one never happened.
Kansas State at Baylor (6 p.m. on ESPN2) - An interesting nightcap. Baylor has been bad recently, losing three of its last four and falling out of the latest bracket projections. But the Bears will be desperate, playing against a ranked team at home with their tourney lives on the line. And in reality, Baylor probably has more talent than Kansas State (insert coaching joke here). So it’s an intriguing one, if the Bears actually come to play.
Current Big 12 standings