Big 12 Basketball Review – Week 2

Kansas coach Bill Self was frustrated as they faced Kentucky in the Champions Classic on Tuesday.  The Jayhawks would lose 72-40. (247 Sports)

Kansas coach Bill Self was frustrated as they faced Kentucky in the Champions Classic on Tuesday. The Jayhawks would lose 72-40. (247 Sports)

In the Big 12’s biggest matchup of the season, the loss may make the Big 12 look worse than it actually is.

The Big 12 is still the only major conference that plays a full double round-robin in conference play.  No. 5 Kansas faced No. 1 Kentucky in Indianapolis as part of this year’s Champions Classic.  The Jayhawks had a lot of trouble going up against Kentucky’s lineup which features at least 10 guys that could likely start anywhere in the country.  The Jayhawks lost by 32 in their only game of the week.

The Texas Longhorns, ranked No. 10 last week, won this season’s 2K Classic in New York City at Madison Square Garden, beating Iowa 71-57 in Thursday’s semifinals and beating Cal in the Championship game, 71-55.  The Longhorns have looked great so far this season behind Jonathan Holmes and Myles Turner.  Texas has their first test this week, at UConn.

West Virginia has looked impressive so far, including a win over UConn in the Championship Game of the Puerto Rico Tip-off on Sunday.

Nobody else in the conference did anything too impressive, as the biggest win in the conference was Oklahoma State against Division II Northwestern Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Week 2 Results:

Baylor: W 69-65 @ South Carolina; W 60-45 vs. Prairie View A&M

No. 14 Iowa State: W 81-58 vs. Georgia State

No. 5 Kansas: L 72-40 vs. No. 1 Kentucky (Champions Classic; Indianapolis, Indiana)

Kansas State: W 83-73 vs. Missouri-Kansas City; L 69-60 @ Long Beach State

No. 18 Oklahoma: L 65-63 @ Creighton; W 90-68 vs. Northwestern State

Oklahoma State: W 91-45 vs. NW Oklahoma State; W 82-68 vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee

TCU: W 81-54 vs. Washington State; W 86-71 vs. New Orleans

No. 10 Texas: W 71-57 vs. Iowa (2K Classic Semifinal); W 71-55 vs. Cal (2K Classic Championship Game)

Texas Tech: L 69-64 @ LSU; W 80-68 vs. Missouri State

West Virginia: W 91-65 vs. George Mason (Puerto Rico Tip-off Quarterfinal); W 70-66 vs. Boston College (Puerto Rico Tip-off Semifinal); W 78-68 vs. UConn (Puerto Rico Tip-off Championship Game)

Week 2 Record: 13-3*

2014-15 Record: 13-3*

*Tournament picks are only for first scheduled game

Week 3 Schedule and Predictions:

Baylor: Monday vs. Stephen F. Austin – W; Thursday vs. Memphis (1st game, Las Vegas Invitational) – W

No. 13 Iowa State: Monday vs. Alabama (1st game, CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City) – W

No. 11 Kansas: Monday vs. Rider – W; Thursday vs. Rhode Island (1st game, Orlando Classic) – W

Kansas State: Monday vs. Purdue (1st game, Maui Invitational) – W

Oklahoma: Wednesday vs. No. 22 UCLA (1st game, Battle 4 Atlantis – Paradise Island, Bahamas) – L

Oklahoma State: Monday vs. Oregon State (1st game, MGM Grand Main Event – Las Vegas) – W

TCU: Monday vs. Mississippi Valley State – W; Wednesday vs. Radford – W; Friday vs. Bradley (1st game, Corpus Christi Coastal Classic) – W

No. 7 Texas: Tuesday vs. Saint Francis (PA) – W; Sunday @ No. 24 UConn – W

Texas Tech: Tuesday vs. Northwestern State – W; Sunday vs. Air Force – W

No. 21 West Virginia: Wednesday vs. VMI (Charleston, W. Va.) – W; Saturday vs. College of Charleston – W

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