Big 12 Basketball Review – Week 12

No. 24 Oklahoma completed a sweep of in-state rival Oklahoma State on Saturday after coming from behind in front of a sold out Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. (Univ. of Oklahoma Athletics)

No. 24 Oklahoma completed a sweep of in-state rival Oklahoma State on Saturday after coming from behind in front of a sold out Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. (Univ. of Oklahoma Athletics)

At the halfway mark in conference play, we have learned a lot about the Big 12 this season.  First, here are the current standings:

1) Kansas – 7-1
2) West Virginia – 6-2
3) Iowa State – 6-2
4) Oklahoma – 5-4
5) Kansas State – 5-4
6) Baylor – 4-4
7) Oklahoma State – 4-5
8) Texas – 3-5
9) TCU – 1-7
10) Texas Tech – 1-8

Who predicted that Texas would be so far down the standings at this point in conference play?  And after the non-conference season TCU had, who had them ninth?

The clear frontrunners to win the regular season title are the Iowa State, West Virginia and the usual suspect, Kansas.  Oklahoma State and Iowa State have a very blatant similarity, in that they both play very well at home but seem to lack the same energy and ball control when they’re on the road.  The Cowboys proved that sometimes that plagues them at home, after their first conference home loss of the year came in front of a sold out crowd in the second installment of Bedlam.

TCU has been surprising this season and has a chance to climb up from the ninth spot, although unlikely to earn a first day bye in March’s Big 12 Tournament.  The Horned Frogs looked very good on Wednesday against Kansas in Fort Worth.

Texas Tech is bad.  Just bad.  I’m not sure that the second round of conference play will prove otherwise.

Much of the rest of the conference’s play is indicative of their record this far into the season.

 

Week 12 Results:

Monday:
No. 15 Iowa State 89, No. 19 Texas 86

Tuesday:
No. 17 West Virginia 65, Kansas State 59
Oklahoma State 64, No. 20 Baylor 53

Wednesday:
No. 24 Oklahoma 81, Texas Tech 36
No. 9 Kansas 64, TCU 61

Saturday:
No. 17 West Virginia 77, Texas Tech 58
No. 15 Iowa State 83, TCU 66
No. 9 Kansas 68, Kansas State 57
No. 20 Baylor 83, No. 19 Texas 60
No. 24 Oklahoma 64, Oklahoma State 56

Kurt’s Korner Week 12 Record: 8-2
Kurt’s Korner 2014-15 Record: 113-29

 

Week 13 Schedule and Picks:

Monday:
Kansas over Iowa State

Tuesday:
West Virginia over Oklahoma

Wednesday:
Texas over Oklahoma State
Baylor over TCU
Kansas State over Texas Tech

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

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