Big 12 Basketball Review – Week 14

Rico Gathers has helped Baylor stay alive in the Big 12 with a 6-6 record.  The Bears have an interesting schedule, with two games against Texas Tech and a trip to Austin among their six remaining games. (Rant Sports)

Rico Gathers has helped Baylor stay alive in the Big 12 with a 6-6 record. The Bears have an interesting schedule, with two games against Texas Tech and a trip to Austin among their six remaining games. (Rant Sports)

TCU notched their second conference win last week, Oklahoma State showed just how inconsistent they really are and Kansas proved that even through their struggles, the Big 12 crown goes through Lawrence.

First, looking at the conference standings with only a handful of games left, the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City looks interesting:

No. 4 West Virginia vs. No. 5 Oklahoma State
No. 8 Kansas State/No. 9 TCU vs. No. 1 Kansas
No. 7 Texas/No. 10 Texas Tech vs. No. 2 Iowa State
No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 6 Baylor

Oklahoma and Baylor would be an interesting matchup, with each having very different strengths.  Baylor is a little more skilled on defense, however Oklahoma has an exceptional perimeter game on both sides of the court.  Rico Gathers of Baylor and the Sooners’ Ryan Spangler would be a 1-on-1 matchup that I’d pay to see.

West Virginia and Oklahoma State play for the first time this year on Saturday in Stillwater.  With Oklahoma State having problems with consistency on defense and living or dying by the 3 on offense, this game is truly a toss-up.  If OSU is hitting shots then the Pokes should win.  However, if the Mountaineers are matching the Cowboys shot-for-shot or stopping the O-State perimeter attack, I don’t think it will be close.

Texas Tech is the lone truly bad team in the nation’s deepest conference.  I have a feeling that they’re a one-and-done in Kansas City.  Kansas State has found their rhythm lately and may be able to climb their way back in to the NCAA Tournament.  Maybe.

Overall, the Big 12 proves each week that without any guarantees, it is the nation’s toughest conference.

Week 14 Results:

Monday:
No. 21 Oklahoma State 74, No. 16 Baylor 65
No. 17 Oklahoma 94, No. 14 Iowa State 83

Tuesday:
No. 8 Kansas 73, Texas Tech 51

Wednesday:
No. 21 West Virginia 76, Kansas State 72
Texas 66, TCU 43

Saturday:
No. 8 Kansas 74, No. 16 Baylor 64
No. 14 Iowa State 79, No. 21 West Virginia 59
TCU 70, No. 21 Oklahoma State 55
Kansas State 59, No. 17 Oklahoma 56
Texas 56, Texas Tech 41

Kurt’s Korner Week 14 Record: 5-5
Kurt’s Korner 2014-15 Record: 122-40

Week 15 Schedule & Picks:

Monday:
No. 8 Kansas over No. 23 West Virginia

Tuesday:
No. 20 Baylor over Texas Tech
No. 17 Oklahoma over Texas

Wednesday:
Kansas State over TCU
No. 14 Iowa State over No. 22 Oklahoma State

Saturday:
No. 17 Oklahoma over Texas Tech
Kansas State over No. 20 Baylor
No. 14 Iowa State over Texas
No. 23 West Virginia over No. 22 Oklahoma State
No. 8 Kansas over TCU

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