Oklahoma State @ #7 Kansas
Saturday, February 3rd 11:00 AM CT, CBS
Oklahoma State (13-9, 3-6) travels to Phog Allen for an early tip against #7 Kansas (18-4, 7-2). This is the first time these two teams have faced off in conference play so far but everything is pointing towards a Jayhawk win. Devonte Graham has been on fire this season, along with a supporting cast that could each be the star on other teams. Oklahoma State is on a three game losing streak and I doubt that gets snapped here.
#10 Texas Tech @ TCU
Saturday, February 3rd 1:00 PM CT, ESPNU
#10 Texas Tech (18-4, 6-3) has strung together a nice set of three wins after dropping a bad loss to Iowa State. TCU (16-6, 4-5), on the other hand, has been alternating wins and losses for the past three weeks. They had a terrible loss to Vanderbilt but bounced back with a dominating win over Oklahoma State. I don’t think homecourt advantage will be enough to hold off Texas Tech, though, who has been hot recently.
78-72 Texas Tech.
Kansas State @ #15 West Virginia
Saturday, February 3rd 3:00 PM CT, ESPN2
Kansas State (16-6, 5-4) is getting really disrespected by the polls. They have the same record as #15 West Virginia (16-6, 5-4) and have honestly looked a lot better, with a string of four wins broken up by losses to Kansas on both ends. West Virginia is once again on a losing streak, dropping 5 of its last 6 games including a blowout loss to Iowa State in their latest matchup. Something isn’t clicking for the Mountaineers right now. I think Kansas State, behind stud Barry Brown, will “upset” the Mountaineers in Morgantown.
77-71 Kansas State.
#12 Oklahoma @ Texas
Saturday, February 3rd 5:15 PM CT, ESPN
The first of two Red River Rivalry games is this Saturday when #12 Oklahoma (16-5, 6-3) travels to Austin to take on Texas (14-8, 4-5). Baylor fans should be well aware of what this game is going to come down to after he put up 44 points against the Bears... Trae Young. While Texas also has its own star in Mo Bamba, Trae Young will likely prove to be too much for the Longhorns to handle.
Iowa State @ Baylor
Saturday, February 3rd 7:00 PM CT, ESPN2
I think Baylor (12-10, 2-7) has gone past the point of “must win” games. Everything is a must win game at this point if the Bears want a remote shot at the NCAA tournament. That is especially true in a game against one of the “weaker” teams in the Big 12 this year, Iowa State (12-9, 3-6). The Cyclones are hard to predict. They got blown out by Tennessee last weekend, then immediately turned around and blew out West Virginia. Part of what makes them so up and down is their heavy reliance on 3 point shooting. If the shots are falling, Iowa State is an incredibly good team. If they aren’t, they can be quite bad. Baylor hasn’t done a very good job defending the 3 point line recently... nearly every team has had open shots from deep. So the question will be whether or not Iowa State’s shots fall. I’m going to predict (hope?) they don’t and the Bears win.