Big 12 Basketball Review – Week 5

Amric Fields of TCU blocks a shot in the Horned Frogs' win over McNeese State on Saturday.  Trent Johnson's TCU team is sitting at 10-0 entering this week. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Amric Fields of TCU blocks a shot in the Horned Frogs’ win over McNeese State on Saturday. Trent Johnson’s TCU team is sitting at 10-0 entering this week. (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

What if I told you that the team which went 0-18 in the Big 12 last year and lost their first tournament game in Kansas City, is the last unbeaten in the conference?

The TCU Horned Frogs are that team.  Sitting at a perfect 10-0 including wins over 3 teams from “Power 5” conferences, TCU has looked impressive so far.  While they still lack the depth and consistency to contend in the Big 12 for a championship, I’ll use the help of Major League to say that the Horned Frogs “are threatening to climb out of the cellar.”  TCU has received votes in the rankings.  In basketball!  It’s almost like a parallel universe.  The real question, can the Frogs make their first NCAA Tournament since 1998?

Similar to TCU, about 300 miles west of Fort Worth, is Texas Tech.  The Red Raiders are 7-1 with their lone loss coming on the road against LSU.  One thing that Tubby Smith’s Texas Tech squad is lacking is quality wins.  The Red Raiders have one win against a “Power 5” team, Auburn.  The young Red Raiders are poised to do damage in the Big 12, but it looks more like that will come about next year more so than this year, unlike veteran TCU.

Oklahoma State shocked many by blowing out Memphis for a second straight year Saturday night in Memphis.  Otherwise, the conference’s most impressive win was No. 14 Iowa State, 90-75 at Iowa.


Week 5 Results:

Baylor: W vs. Texas A&M 77-63

No. 14 Iowa State: W vs. Missouri-Kansas City 73-56; W @ Iowa 90-75; W vs. Southern 88-78

No. 10 Kansas: W @ Georgetown 75-70; W vs. Utah (Kansas City, MO) 63-60

Kansas State: W vs. Bradley 80-67; W vs. Savannah State 73-53

No. 16 Oklahoma: W @ Tulsa 87-68

Oklahoma State: W @ Memphis 73-55

TCU: W vs. Furman 80-69; W vs. McNeese State 68-50

No. 8 Texas: W vs. Texas State 59-27

Texas Tech: W vs. Fresno State 73-56; W vs. Prairie View A&M 79-51

No. 22 West Virginia: W vs. Marshall (Charleston, W. Va.) 69-66

Kurt’s Korner Week 5 Record: 14-2

Kurt’s Korner 2014-15 Record: 54-11


Week 6 Schedule & Picks:

Baylor: Wednesday vs. New Mexico State – W

Iowa State: Saturday vs. Drake (Des Moines, Iowa) – W

No. 10 Kansas: Saturday vs. Lafayette – W

Kansas State: Saturday vs. Texas A&M (Wildcat Classic; Kansas City, MO) – L

No. 15 Oklahoma: Tuesday vs. Oral Roberts – W; Saturday vs. No. 16 Washington (MGM Grand Showcase; Las Vegas) – L

Oklahoma State: Tuesday vs. Middle Tennessee State – W; Sunday vs. No. 17 Maryland – L

TCU: Saturday vs. UTSA – W

No. 9 Texas: Tuesday vs. Lipscomb – W; Saturday vs. Long Beach State – W

Texas Tech: Wednesday vs. South Carolina State – W; Friday vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff – W

No. 22 West Virginia: Saturday vs. NC State (Gotham Classic; New York City) – W

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