#4 Oklahoma @ Oklahoma State
Saturday, January 20th 1:00 PM CT, ESPN
It has not been a good week for those competing with Kansas for top spot in the Big 12. #4 Oklahoma (14-3, 4-2) just suffered an upset loss to Kansas State earlier in the week. Trae Young had a relatively weak performance with only 20 points and 6 assists. Oklahoma State (12-6, 2-4) is reeling after a loss to Baylor, which featured a defensive meltdown in the second half. The last time these two teams played, Oklahoma smoked the Cowboys behind a great performance out of Trae Young. I don’t expect this game to be much different.
Texas @ #6 West Virginia
Saturday, January 20th 1:00 PM CT, CBS
#6 West Virginia (15-3, 4-2) took a couple major blow towards their chance of winning the Big 12 in back to back losses to Texas Tech and Kansas. The Mountaineers need to get back on track with a win against a very up and down Texas (12-6, 3-3). Texas scored a major win against Texas Tech in their last game. The Mountaineers should be able to handle Texas at home with their press, though.
73-60 West Virginia.
#8 Texas Tech @ Iowa State
Saturday, January 20th 1:00 PM CT, ESPNU
Iowa State (10-7, 1-5) looked like it might have gotten things going in the right direction after a win against Baylor. But that all came crashing down after a terrible performance against TCU. Iowa State can score just fine, their problem is they have been completely unable to play defense so far. We’ll see how they fair against #8 Texas Tech (15-3, 4-2) who is fresh off a loss to Texas. The Red Raiders should be able to get back on the winning track though, even in Hilton Coliseum.
88-80 Texas Tech.
#24 TCU @ Kansas State
Saturday, January 20th 3:00 PM CT, ESPNU
#24 TCU (14-4, 2-4) was off to an awful start to conference until their last win against Iowa State. They’ll try to keep that momentum up against Kansas State (13-5, 3-3). The big question will be if Alex Robinson can keep up his solid point guard play against stronger defenses in the place of injured Jaylen Fisher. Robinson looked good against Iowa State, but this game ought to show whether or not that will continue consistently. I’ll take the Wildcats at home in a close one.
78-76 Kansas State.
Baylor @ #10 Kansas
Saturday, January 20th 5:00 PM CT, ESPN
Baylor’s (12-6, 2-4) season thus far can largely be summed up by the tale of two Manus. Manu Lecomte looked great for large chunks of the non-conference schedule before hitting a major cold streak in the first third of conference play. Luckily, he seemed to break that spell with an incredible 30 point performance against Oklahoma State. If Baylor wants a shot at beating #10 Kansas (15-3, 5-1) in Allen Fieldhouse, they’ll need Manu to step up once again. Kansas currently has sole possession of first place in the conference... there are a LOT of teams that would love for Baylor to knock off Kansas this weekend. I think the Bears definitely have the potential to pull off such a feat. But I know enough about playing at Kansas to know that picking against them is very ill advised.