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Big 12 MBB Preview: 2/13

Baylor is still on COVID hiatus but there are a number of other Big 12 matchups!

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma at West Virginia Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

#23 Oklahoma State vs. Kansas State

Saturday, February 13th 11:00 AM CT, ESPNU

#23 Oklahoma State (12-6, 5-6) is looking to get back to neutral in conference record after losing to Kansas earlier in the week. They should be able to do that as they host Kansas State (5-16, 1-11). The Wildcats lost an impressively close game to Texas during the week, only losing by three points. Still, they have not won a conference game since mid-December and I don’t think this is the one that will end that losing streak. Oklahoma State won these two teams’ last meeting by 16 points.

78-65 Oklahoma State

#12 Oklahoma @ #14 West Virginia

Saturday, February 13th 12:00 PM CT, ESPN+

#12 Oklahoma (12-5, 7-4) had its weekday game against Baylor postponed, making their last game a 7 point win against Iowa State. They travel to #14 West Virginia (14-5, 7-3) who has been on a three game winning streak, with their most recent victory coming against then top 10 Texas Tech by double digits. Oklahoma won the last meeting between these two by 4 points. However, the Mountaineers seem to have rediscovered their groove and I think they continue pushing that momentum in this home game.

75-71 West Virginia

#13 Texas vs. TCU

Saturday, February 13th 1:00 PM CT, LHN

#13 Texas (12-5, 6-4) has been in quite the rut recently. They have lost three of their last four games and their win was a way-too-close victory over a bad Kansas State team. They now host TCU (11-7, 4-5) who is probably the third worst team in the conference but has some momentum coming into this game. The Horned Frogs have won their last two games, one of which was against a good Oklahoma State team. If I were looking at this game from the teams’ seasons as a whole, I would pick Texas in a heartbeat. However, looking at how both teams are playing right now, I like TCU to pull the upset.

72-69 TCU

Kansas @ Iowa State

Saturday, February 13th 2:00 PM CT, ABC

In an odd, COVID scheduling quirk, Kansas (14-7, 8-5) and Iowa State (2-13, 0-10) play each other again after having faced off just yesterday. That earlier matchup saw the Cyclones losing by 33 points. Even at home, I don’t expect this outcome to be a whole lot different, especially given the diminished crowds this year. Iowa State is just really bad and I’m starting to believe more and more that they won’t get a conference win this entire season.

88-60 Kansas