Big 12 Basketball Review – Week 17

Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield made a tip-in with 0.2 seconds against No. 9 Kansas on Senior Day. The Sooners are the No. 3 seed in next week’s Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Kansas City. (Washington Post)

I know I normally don’t post until Monday, however with the seeds being set for the Big 12 Championships in Kansas City, I felt it would be good to post tonight.

Speaking of tournament seeding: Texas, Kansas State, TCU and Texas Tech (in order from 7-10) will all have to play on Wednesday in the first round.  The rest of the bracket (in order) looks as follows:

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

We’ve seen that all of these teams are at any time, capable of beating any of the others.  Trent Johnson said of OSU, 6th in the Big 12, that he didn’t know what Joe Lunardi was talking about on Wednesday after the Cowboys beat the Horned Frogs in Stillwater.

The Longhorns were bitten by the injury bug but seem to be finding their rhythm with wins against Baylor and Kansas State this week.  Kansas is an average team when away from Allen Fieldhouse.  Before I give my picks for this week’s Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City, let’s look at whether I was close to right at the beginning of the season at the final standings:

Rank) Team (Prediction) – Prediction for Big 12 Tournament
1) Kansas (Kansas) – L to WVU in Semifinals
2) Iowa State (Texas) – L to Oklahoma in Semifinals
3) Oklahoma (Iowa State) – Conference Tournament Champions
4) Baylor (Kansas State) – L to WVU in Quarterfinals
5) West Virginia (Oklahoma) – L to Oklahoma in Finals
6) Oklahoma State (Baylor) – L to Oklahoma in Quarterfinals
7) Texas (West Virginia) – L to Iowa State in Quarterfinals
8) Kansas State (Oklahoma State) – L to TCU in First Round
9) TCU (Texas Tech) – L to Kansas in Quarterfinals
10) Texas Tech (TCU) – L to Texas in First Round


Week 17 Results:

No. 17 Iowa State 77, No. 15 Oklahoma 70
Texas 61, No. 14 Baylor 59 – OT

No. 9 Kansas 76, No. 20 West Virginia 69 – OT

Oklahoma State 82, TCU 70

No. 14 Baylor 77, Texas Tech 74

No. 20 West Virginia 81, Oklahoma State 72
Texas 62, Kansas State 49
No. 15 Oklahoma 75, No. 9 Kansas 73
No. 17 Iowa State 89, TCU 76

Kurt’s Korner Week 17 Record: 6-3
Kurt’s Korner 2014-15 Record: 140-50

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