Baylor @ Texas
Monday, February 12th 8:00 PM CT, ESPN
I cannot possibly overstate how important this game is to Baylor (15-10, 5-7). Baylor has finally gotten some momentum back in its season with three straight wins, including a massive top 10 victory over Kansas on Saturday. The Bears offense is clicking and a win in Austin will move them firmly into the middle pack of the Big 12, sitting at one game under .500. Texas (15-10, 5-7) has the exact same record as Baylor but have not had the recent success. They’ve dropped their last two games to Kansas State and TCU. Baylor won the first game in Waco by 9 points. This will be a tightly contested game, but if the Bears can keep the offensive success going behind Manu Lecomte and Nuni Omot, they will get the win.
I’m driving down to Austin as soon as I’m off work. Given the importance of this game for a tournament bid and the close proximity of the game, I would highly encourage any other Baylor fans who are able to do the same. Tickets at this moment are also only $6 a piece.
TCU @ #20 West Virginia
Monday, February 12th 8:00 PM CT, ESPN2
TCU (17-8, 5-7) also needs to pick up some quality wins to make sure they’re in good shape for tournament selection. The Horned Frogs broke a two game losing streak with a win over Texas on Saturday. #20 West Virginia (18-7, 7-5) took an upset loss to Oklahoma State over the weekend. They’re still in a decent position for the tournament and could still make a push for the Big 12 championship with games against Kansas and Texas Tech still looming. West Virginia lost by 9 to TCU in their first matchup. I think homecourt advantage will help the Mountaineers squeak this one out.
79-75 West Virginia.
#23 Oklahoma @ #7 Texas Tech
Tuesday, February 13th 6:00 PM CT, ESPN
#7 Texas Tech (21-4, 9-3) is in sole possession of first place in the Big 12 after the weekend, with Kansas lagging one game behind. Every game from here on out is critical for the Red Raiders. Their game against #23 Oklahoma (16-8, 6-6) is possibly even more critical given the national recognition of Trae Young as a certified baller. However, Texas Tech has been really solid this year behind Keenan Evans. I think they get this win behind a homecourt advantage.
83-78 Texas Tech.
#13 Kansas @ Iowa State
Tuesday, February 13th 6:00 PM CT, ESPN2
#13 Kansas (19-6, 8-4) just got smacked in the mouth by Baylor in Waco to drop to second in the Big 12. Now Iowa State (13-11, 4-8) has a crack at the Jayhawks in Ames. Iowa State has been really up and down this year, with wins over Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and West Virginia. They lost a close one in Lawrence in their last meet up with the Jayhawks. The Cyclones are hard to predict but I’m going to call the upset here behind strong performances from Lindell Wigginton and Cameron Lard.
88-85 Iowa State.
Kansas Staate @ Oklahoma State
Wednesday, February 14th 6:00 PM CT, ESPNU
Kansas State (17-8, 6-6) took a tough loss to Texas Tech over the weekend. They were tight with the Red Raiders in the first half before getting blown out in the second half. Oklahoma State (15-10, 5-7) is coming off of a big upset win over West Virginia over the weekend. Oklahoma State lost their first game against the Wildcats by 4 points. I think homecourt advantage swings this one in favor of the Cowboys.
76-73 Oklahoma State.