Baylor @ TCU
Saturday, February 24th 11:00 AM CT, ESPN2
Paid Players: Baylor 0, TCU 0
Baylor (17-11, 7-8) had been on FIRE before everything came crashing down in a blowout loss to West Virginia. The Bears couldn’t get anything going offensively for most of the game, which is what the Mountaineers defense can do to teams. The Bears need to win as they are dancing the line between in and out of the tournament. TCU (19-9, 7-8) is in a similarly precarious predicament. The Horned Frogs got their first win against the Bears ever in Big 12 play in the first meeting this year. Barring the West Virginia result, however, the Bears have been a very different team since that game was played. Baylor should be able to bounce back and pick up a crucial road win.
Oklahoma State @ Texas
Saturday, February 24th 1:00 PM CT, LHN
Paid Players: Oklahoma State 0, Texas 2
Oklahoma State (16-12, 6-9) has been able to keep its tournament chances on life support with big wins in between losing stretches. They beat top 10 Texas Tech during the week, keeping their tourney aspirations faint but still alive. Texas (16-12, 6-9) has been trending in the wrong direction, losing four of its last 5 including a devastating loss to the Wildcats. This is a must win for both teams if they want to make it to the dance (although, given Texas’ position in the scandal.. they might not make it regardless).
#8 Kansas @ #6 Texas Tech
Saturday, February 24th 3:15 PM CT, ESPN
Paid Players: Kansas 1, Texas Tech 0
This game might very well be for all the marbles in the regular season. #8 Kansas (22-6, 11-4) has taken a one game lead over #6 Texas Tech (22-6, 10-5) after the Red Raiders lost to Oklahoma State during the week. The Red Raiders need to win this game to have a realistic shot at tying or outright winning the Big 12 championship. That requires Tech to figure out its struggles after dropping two straight. Kansas will be motivated to win and continue its streak (assuming the NCAA doesn’t break it for them), but that could also bring some nerves... Texas Tech already beat KU in Lawrence, I think the Red Raiders can pull it off again at home.
72-68 Texas Tech.
Iowa State @ #21 West Virginia
Saturday, February 24th 5:00 PM CT, ESPNU
Paid Players: Iowa State 1 (maybe), West Virginia 0
Iowa State (13-14, 4-11) is basically done for the season. They have no chance of making the tournament unless they win the entire Big 12 conference tourney and have two starters, Nick Weiler-Babb and Solomon Young, out for the season. #21 West Virginia (20-8, 9-6) clobbered Baylor in their last game and should be in regardless. It takes a lot of stamina to win against West Virginia, and with a depleted roster, I doubt the Cyclones will be able to do that.
80-64 West Virginia.
Kansas State @ Oklahoma
Saturday, February 24th 5:00 PM CT, ESPN2
Paid Players: Kansas State 0, Oklahoma 0
Kansas State (20-8, 9-6) got a much needed win over Texas during the week to help further secure their NCAA tournament position. Meanwhile, Oklahoma (16-11, 6-9) has taken a HARD fall from grace, losing 6 straight. The Sooners are very much so playing their way out of the tournament and need to pick up some wins down the stretch to secure a spot. Kansas State, at home, is a great opportunity for just that. But, someone else besides Trae Young needs to step up for Oklahoma. I have yet to see that in this stretch and until I do, I can’t pick the Sooners over a strong KState squad.
84-80 Kansas State.