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Big 12 MBB Weekend Preview 2/9-2/11

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Oklahoma State @ #19 West Virginia

Saturday, February 10th 11:00 AM CT, ESPN

#19 West Virginia (18-6, 7-4), after a long period of losing, seems to have figured itself back out for now. The Press has become effective once again, helping lead the Mountaineers to a close win over Oklahoma earlier in the week. Oklahoma State (14-10, 4-7) has been in a bit of a losing funk itself. They have lost four of their last five games (granted their one win was against Kansas in Lawrence). The Cowboys need to rebound after a tough home loss to Baylor. However, traveling to Morgantown isn’t usually a good way to get the right mojo flowing again.

78-63 West Virginia.

#10 Kansas @ Baylor

Saturday, February 10th 1:00 PM CT, CBS

Baylor (14-10, 4-7) has finally started winning again and it feels SO, SO GOOD. After back to back wins over Iowa State and Oklahoma State, the Bears have moved themselves out of the bottom of the conference and are now pushing towards the middle of the pack. However, for the Bears to have a shot at the tournament they need to pick up a few quality wins. #10 Kansas (19-5, 8-3) provides just that opportunity. The Bears played Kansas tough in Lawrence in their last meeting, and fell short in the last few minutes behind a sudden cold shooting streak. Hopefully the Bears, behind what should be an energized Ferrell Center, can avoid such late game woes and pull a much needed victory. Kansas has looked vulnerable this season, especially recently. This is where the Bears will earn a huge win.

85-82 Baylor.

#17 Oklahoma @ Iowa State

Saturday, February 10th 1:00 PM CT, ESPN

After a blowout win over West Virginia, Iowa State (12-11, 3-8) has dropped its last two games and sits at the bottom of the conference standings. The only positive during this streak is that Cameron Lard has been lighting it up for the Cyclones. #17 Oklahoma (16-7, 6-5), meanwhile, is coming off of a two point loss to West Virginia. The Sooners are led by Trae Young (if you don’t know that by now, then idk what you’ve been doing this season). The Cyclones don’t play particularly good defense, so Trae Young ought to get his 30-40 points. The question will really be if Iowa State can keep up in an offensive shootout. Some games it seems like they have the ability to do that. Other games it doesn’t. I’d say odds are they can’t keep up in this game, but I wouldn’t be all that surprised if they upset OU in Hilton. It’s been that kind of season for the Cyclones.

89-83 Oklahoma.

Texas @ TCU

Saturday, February 10th 1:00 PM CT, ESPNU

Texas (15-9, 5-6) travels to Fort Worth to rematch TCU (16-8, 4-7). Their last meeting was an absolute thriller that went into 2OT. The Longhorns edged the Horned Frogs by one point, 99-98, in the end of that game. The Horned Frogs have been sliding towards the bottom of the conference for a while now. Meanwhile, Texas has held serve in the middle of the pack. These two teams are fairly even talent wise and I think TCU’s homecourt advantage could break the stalemate.

77-75 TCU.

#7 Texas Tech @ Kansas State

Saturday, February 10th 7:00 PM CT, ESPNU

#7 Texas Tech (20-4, 8-3) is sitting pretty, tied for first in the Big 12. They have to travel to Kansas State (17-7, 6-5) and get a win to keep themselves in a position to win the conference. The Wildcats picked up a close win over Texas during the week, while Texas Tech got revenge on Iowa State. Both teams are talented, but Texas Tech has been pretty phenomenal. I expect the Red Raiders to get the win unless the pressure of winning a conference title proves too much. Ultimately, any Big 12 basketball fan besides those in the state of Kansas should want 1) Baylor to beat Kansas and 2) Texas Tech to beat Kansas State. It’s about time someone other than Kansas won this conference.

72-68 Texas Tech.