The Big 12 tournament in Kansas City continues and VTM will have previews and game updates all day long. Consider this post an open thread to comment away about the games.
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Official Site – BRACKET
Game Time - 11:30 AM
Previous Meetings – ISU won 81-75 January 25th in Ames; K-State won 80-73 March 1st in Manhattan.
Preview – ISU had trouble closing out the season strong. They had their final game against OSU go into overtime after the Cyclones made a furious comeback. They ended up winning that game, but their previous 2 games were lost. Guess what? One of those games that they lost was to K-State.
K-State is another team that struggled at the end of the regular season. They dropped their last two games to the fighting bubble teams of Baylor and OSU. Their season has been a roller coaster as they would beat people up on their home court, and lose on the road.
Freshman sensation Marcus Foster will try and lead K-State to victory. But, ISU and their star lineup of Melvin Ejim and DeAndre Kane should be able to put the game away and keep it at arm’s length for most of the action.
Final - ISU 91 – KSU 85… Marcus Foster went off for K-State in the first half and had 16 points to help them hang around the ISU lead. He was contained in the second half and only had 5 points. It was a fairly even game for most of the minutes, but ISU was the better team. It was only a 2 point game with ISU leading 87-85 inside of a minute because of Foster hitting a three. KSU couldn’t get any points after that on their possessions. Cyclones will play the KU vs OSU winner.
KSU Stats: Shane Southwell - 19 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal. Marcus Foster – 21 points, and 4 assists.
ISU Stats: Melvin Ejim – 24 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1 assists. Dustin Hogue – 19 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block.
Game Time - 2 PM
Previous Meetings – KU won 80-78 January 18th in Lawrence; OSU won 72-65 March 1st in Stillwater.
Preview – Kansas was the Big 12 regular season champs, but they were knocked off in 2 out of their last 3 games. One of those losses came at the hands of OSU. Kansas usually can dominate any team but in the 2 games against OSU they have always been tight contests.
OSU is on a run, and is tearing up teams in their path. Last night they creamed Texas Tech and made it look easy against a good Red Raiders team. Marcus Smart, Markel Brown, and Phil Forte are on fire. They will keep making the push to show that they should have finished higher than #8 in the Big 12.
For Andrew Wiggins this is his time to shine and increase his NBA draft status. Kansas is the more talented team, but OSU has the strength and power to stand up and play toe-to-toe with the Jayhawks. The matchup should be fun to watch.
Final - KU 77 – OSU 70… What a game! It went to overtime due in large part to Andrew Wiggins carrying a heavy load for Kansas. During regulation it was a back and forth battle that ended up being a tie at the end. Wiggins was a monster with 30 points in regulation, and OSU used all their stars to stay up with him. Smart only had 14 points on a poor 4-14 shooting day. Next up for KU is Iowa State.
KU Stats: Andrew Wiggins – 30 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 1 block. Tarik Black - 7 points, 12 rebounds.
OSU Stats: Le’Bryan Nash – 19 points, 7 rebounds. Marcus Smart - 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals.
Game Time - 6 PM
Previous Meetings – OU won 66-64 January 18th in Waco; OU won 88-72 February 8th in Norman.
Preview – Oklahoma was a surprise team in the mighty Big 12. They have played as one of the most complete teams in the conference all season long. They do not have the stars that some of the other teams have on their roster, but they have the best team chemistry amongst their roster. Buddy Hield is their best player, and Ryan Spangler is their ultimate glue guy.
Baylor put TCU to sleep after letting them have a small comeback late in the game last night. Baylor has more talent on their roster than most in the conference. Also, after last night they have won 8 out of their last 9 games.
With Baylor being such a force as of late they might bring more trouble for the Sooners than their previous meetings. Still, it is a fact that OU has won both matches this year and they want to show that they deserve to be the #2 seed in the best basketball conference in the nation.
Final – Baylor 78 – OU 73… This game was dominated by Baylor in the first half when they had a huge lead. Oklahoma came back furiously in the 2nd half, but could never cut in to take it above the score that the Bears had. Some teams have the players that are motivated by the spotlight. Baylor is a team that loves that spotlight. All five of their starters scored 12+ points. It is my thought that Baylor might have the steam to make it all the way to the finals in this tournament.
Baylor Stats: Isaiah Austin – 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 5 blocks. Cory Jefferson – 14 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal.
OU Stats: Cameron Clark – 18 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. Buddy Hield – 15 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assist, and 1 steal.
Game Time - 8:30 PM
Previous Meetings – UT won 80-69 January 13th in Morgantown; Texas won 88-71 February in Austin.
Preview – Texas has been on a slide losing 4 out of their last 6 games. Up until late in the season it seemed the Longhorns were going to be the #2 team that would give Kansas a scare for the Big 12 regular season crown. The only nice thing about this game for UT is they have won handily against WVU in both conference games.
WVU may have the best guard duo in all the conference in Juwan Staten and Eron Harris. They are clinging on for dear life to the bubble for the NCAA tourney. It all depends on if they can get far in this Big 12 championship.
UT is a lock for the Big Dance, and WVU is very far from it. This game could have a lot of emotions come into play that makes for an interesting match-up. No matter how you look at it, UT has the advantage and knows how to beat WVU from earlier this season. But, remember that WVU is hungrier for this win.
Final – UT 66 – WVU 49… From the start Texas spanked West Virginia. They went on a 21-4 run to begin the game and was able to cruise the rest of the way to victory. WVU never had a chance to even bring the game close. WVU star Juwan Staten had a terrible night and finished 1-11 from the field with only 4 points.
UT Stats: Jonathan Holmes – 20 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists. Javan Felix – 16 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists.
OU Stats: Brandon Watkins – 10 points, 7 rebounds.