Kabongo's original punishment was supposed to be a season-long suspension, but the NCAA's committee on athlete reinstatement listened to an appeal by Texas and reduced Kabongo's punishment. He did have to repay $475 to a charity of his choice.
“He's constantly directing, doing things,” Texas coach Rick Barnes said. “He's going to need his teammates. We've seen it, but I can say he's just been really remarkable the way he's played in. He's been the hardest worker, by far, every single day. We're happy for him that he gets a shot now and gets to come back. I don't know a way that he's not going to help us.”
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins on what has changed in the Mountaineers' last three games: “Yeah, we finally made some shots. I think we've shot at least two of the last three games over 50 percent. I don't think we did against Texas, but it was like 48. I think for us, when we make shots, then we give ourselves a chance.”
The top six teams in the conference are separated by two games.
Oklahoma ranks among the top 20 nationally in its strength of schedule along with Kansas and Baylor. Four Big 12 teams rank in the top 26 and six in the top 54 in the latest RPI.
Before Monday night's games, every Big 12 team was holding its opponent to 70.4 points per game or less. While four teams are holding opponents to less than 60.5 points.