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Big 12 MBB Preview: 2/6

Baylor’s Saturday game has been postponed but there is still plenty of Big 12 action!

NCAA Basketball: West Virginia at Kansas Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

#9 Oklahoma vs. Iowa State

Saturday, February 6th 11:00 AM CT, ESPN2

#9 Oklahoma (11-5, 6-4) faced a bit of a setback when they lost to Texas Tech during the week. That defeat snapped a five game winning streak for the Sooners. However, they should be able to get back on track just fine when they host Iowa State (2-10, 0-7). The Cyclones finally got a handful of their players back from COVID protocol and put up a good fight against West Virginia during the week, but still ultimately came away with a loss. The Cyclones seem to give good effort only once every three or four games, so I don’t expect they will have the same energy in this one as they did against the Mountaineers.

78-60 Oklahoma

#23 Kansas @ #17 West Virginia

Saturday, February 6th 1:00 PM CT, CBS

Both of these teams picked up wins against the bottom two teams in the conference during the week. Now, both squads will be looking to secure a much needed victory to remain afloat in the second tier of the conference (Baylor stands alone in the first tier). #23 Kansas (12-6, 6-4) has looked extremely flawed at times this season, especially by typical Bill Self standards. Marcus Garrett running point guard for Kansas has been a big step down from the all-Americans that proceeded him like Devon Dotson and Frank Mason. Still, it was more than enough to defeat Kansas State during the week. #17 West Virginia (12-5, 5-3) got a too-close for comfort win over Iowa State in their last game. Kansas won their last meeting with the Mountaineers, but that was before a major losing skid seemed to sap the Jayhawks’ confidence. This ought to be a very defensive, low-scoring brawl. Typically, that is the type of game that favors Bob Huggins and West Virginia. Mountaineers by a few.

58-54 West Virginia

#6 Texas @ Oklahoma State

Saturday, February 6th 2:00 PM CT, ABC/LHN

#6 Texas (11-4, 5-3) is looking to get back on track after losing a hard fought, but not particularly close game to Baylor. That loss has put the Longhorns on a two game losing streak. They now travel to Oklahoma State (11-5, 4-5) who just lost to TCU in a game they needed pretty badly as a somewhat bubble team. If Texas wants any slim chance of climbing back up to a share of the Big 12 title, they likely have to win out including this game. An Oklahoma State win here would quickly erase the bad taste of a loss to TCU. Texas won the last meeting between these two in Austin by three points, but I think I like the Cowboys at home behind a strong performance from Cade Cunningham.

68-65 Oklahoma State

#13 Texas Tech @ Kansas State

Saturday, February 6th 3:00 PM CT, ESPN+

#13 Texas Tech (13-5, 5-4) got an impressive, top 10 win over Oklahoma during the week to set themselves up on a two game winning streak. That streak should easily carry to three games as they travel to Manhattan to take on Kansas State (5-14, 1-9). If you’ve been following these posts, you know by now Kansas State is historically bad this season. Tech won the last game between these two teams by 11 and the Red Raiders should have little difficulty winning this game by double digits again.

76-58 Kansas State