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#1 Baylor hits the road once again, along with some other key games!

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#1 Baylor @ Kansas State

Monday, February 3rd 8:00 PM CT, ESPN2

#1 Baylor (19-1, 8-0) held onto its spot as the best team in the country after clearing both Iowa State and TCU in definitive fashion this past week. They now have to get right back on the road and face-off against Kansas State (9-12, 2-6). KState is fresh off a hard fought, 9 point loss in Morgantown. While Baylor holds a clear advantage and is favored by 7 points, they need to be wary of the Wildcats who have proven themselves as maybe the spunkiest team in the bottom third of the conference. If Baylor’s elite defense can focus in on Xavier Sneed and Cartier Diarra, the Bears should be just fine. That’s especially true if Baylor’s Jared Butler can snap out of his recent shooting funk.

66-51 Baylor

Texas @ #3 Kansas

Monday, February 3rd 8:00 PM CT, ESPN

The most important games of the weekday Big 12 matchups take place at the same time, as #3 Kansas (18-3, 7-1) hosts Texas (14-7, 4-4) at the same time as the Baylor game. Rarely do we Baylor fans root for Texas, but this is certainly a time to do so as getting any sort of breathing room away from Kansas in the Big 12 standings would be huge. However, I have serious doubts the Longhorns will be able to keep it competitive, let alone win. It took a very late comeback against Iowa State to beat the Cyclones at home in UT’s last game. Kansas took care of business in a close game against scrappy Texas Tech. Kansas wins this one big.

77-56 Kansas

Oklahoma @ Texas Tech

Tuesday, February 4th 8:00 PM CT, ESPN2

Texas Tech (13-8, 4-4) has been so close so many times this season to being a great team. But they just can’t find a way to win close games against elite conference opponents. The most recent iteration of that came as a loss against Kansas this weekend. Now, with a .500 record in conference, the Red Raiders can’t afford to lose games to teams that aren’t named Baylor, Kansas, or West Virginia. They host Oklahoma (14-7, 4-4), who could also use a big win this Tuesday. Oklahoma blew the wheels off of Oklahoma State this weekend and will be looking to follow that up with a critical road win. Still, I like Texas Tech to win this one, especially at home.

63-54 Texas Tech

Iowa State @ #13 West Virginia

Wednesday, February 5th 6:00 PM CT, ESPN2

Iowa State (9-12, 2-6) found a way to wrestle defeat from the jaws of victory against Texas over the weekend. They now have to follow up that demoralizing loss with a trip to #13 West Virginia (17-4, 5-3). I would be absolutely shocked if the Cyclones can pull this one off. They have been flat-out bad this year with poor defense and one dimensional offense centered around Tyrese Haliburton. West Virginia handled KState at home and will do the same to Iowa State.

78-62 West Virginia

TCU @ Oklahoma State

Wednesday, February 5th 7:00 PM CT, ESPN+

TCU (13-8, 4-4) showed some sparks of life throughout their last game against Baylor. Most of that came whenever Desmond Bane was shooting the ball well. They now face the worst team in the Big 12, Oklahoma State (10-11, 0-8). On paper, TCU should probably handle this game, but we saw first hand just how tricky Oklahoma State can be at home when they’re shooting well. Still, TCU plays a stingy defense that should be enough to stop the Cowboys from hitting their groove. I like the Horned Frogs to pick up an important road victory.

68-64 TCU