Big 12 Basketball Review – Week 9

Oklahoma State's Phil Forte (right) had a game-high 20 points alongside Le'Bryan Nash's 20 to lead the Pokes to an upset win over No. 10 Texas. (Pistols Firing)

Oklahoma State’s Phil Forte (right) had a game-high 20 points alongside Le’Bryan Nash’s 20 to lead the Pokes to an upset win over No. 10 Texas. (Pistols Firing)

Maybe TCU isn’t quite what they appeared to be in the non-conference portion of this season.  And maybe Oklahoma State isn’t quite as bad as I may have originally thought.

The Cowboys almost pulled off the upset in Ames over No. 17 Iowa State but a blocked 3 at the end saved the Cyclones.  The Pokes hardly played anybody out of conference with their marquee non-conference games including a struggling Memphis team, average South Carolina, Tulsa and Oregon State to start the season, but have looked fairly impressive since and hold a 2-1 conference record headed in to Tuesday’s game at Allen Fieldhouse.  After that, they head to Norman for Bedlam on Saturday.

Texas is reeling.  The No. 10 Longhorns are going to take a huge hit in the national rankings and the conference standings after a blowout loss at home to rival Oklahoma and a decisive loss at unranked Oklahoma State on Saturday.  The Horns’ lone conference win was their first game, at Texas Tech by nine.  Hopefully Rick Barnes can get them to regroup as either Myles Turner or Jonathan Holmes have seemed to disappear during Big 12 games.

Kansas State hasn’t looked too bad themselves, with wins over TCU and on the road at Oklahoma in overtime.  If they can keep the momentum going (doubtful considering a trip to Waco this Saturday) they may have a shot.

 

Week 9 Results:

West Virginia 78, Texas Tech 67

Oklahoma 70, Texas 49

Iowa State 63, Oklahoma State 61

Kansas State 58, TCU 53

Kansas 56, Baylor 55

Baylor 66, TCU 59/OT

Oklahoma State 69, Texas 58

Kansas State 66, Oklahoma 63/OT

Iowa State 74, West Virginia 72

 

Week 10 Schedule and Picks:

Tuesday:
Kansas over Oklahoma State
West Virginia over Oklahoma

Wednesday:
Kansas State over Texas Tech
Iowa State over Baylor

Saturday:
Baylor over Kansas State
TCU over Texas Tech
Texas over West Virginia
Oklahoma over Oklahoma State
Iowa State over Kansas

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