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Big 12 Tournament - Day 2

Whatever you do, I hope you're picking games exactly opposite of how DTN is picking them (I went 1-3 without a line). This does not bode well for me picking teams in the NCAA Tournament.

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Game 5: No. 1 Texas v. No. 9 Oklahoma State (11:30 a.m. ESPN Plus and ESPNU)

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
D.J. Augustin 6-0 180 G So. 19.8 2.9 5.7
A.J. Abrams 5-11 155 G Jr. 16.2 2.8 1.5
Justin Mason 6-2 198 G So. 7.0 4.4 2.4
Damion James 6-7 230 F So. 12.9 10.7 1.2
Connor Atchley 6-10 226 F/C Jr. 9.7 5.2 0.8
Oklahoma St. Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Byron Eaton 5-11 213 G Jr. 11.7 3.3 3.4
Obi Muonelo 6-5 225 G So. 9.9 3.3 1.8
James Anderson 6-6 195 G Fr. 13.4 3.5 1.1
Marcus Dove 6-9 215 F Sr. 9.9 5.8 1.3
Ibrahima Thomas 6-11 238 C Fr. 5.7 4.1 0.2

What I Think: Athletically, OSU can keep pace with the Longhorns. I think Eaton can get abused by Augustin and that could be the biggest difference of the game. Of course OSU is playing for a possible NCAA Tournament so I think they've got a little more motivation that UT. This would be another opportunity for Anderson to step it up again (he had 18 against Texas Tech last night) and UT should have problems matching up with OSU's athletes.

Prediction: Give me UT because I think they'll be more efficient at putting the ball in the basket.


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Game 6: No. 4 Oklahoma v. No. 12 Colorado (2:00 p.m. ESPN Plus and ESPNU)

Probable Starting Lineups:

Oklahoma Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Austin Johnson 6-3 165 G Jr. 9.1 2.7 2.5
Tony Crocker 6-6 193 G So. 11.5 3.8 2.0
David Godbold 6-5 221 F Sr. 7.3 4.1 1.8
Taylor Griffin 6-7 230 F Jr. 6.6 4.8 0.9
Blake Griffin 6-10 243 F Fr. 15.2 9.2 1.9
Colorado Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Marcus Hall 6-2 175 G Sr. 13.7 4.0 3.9
Cory Higgins 6-5 175 G Fr. 8.2 4.0 2.3
Jermyl Jackson-Wilson 6-6 220 G Jr. 4.8 4.3 1.0
Richard Roby 6-6 200 G Sr. 16.5 6.4 2.1
Marcus King-Stockton 6-9 245 F Sr. 2.5 3.2 0.6

What I Think: Roby was huge, exploded for 32 points against Baylor and had 12 rebounds. As a team Colorado out rebounded Baylor by 8 and the Buff's aren't exactly a big team. So long as Blake Griffin plays, this should be a pretty easy game for the Sooners. OU has won their last three and I just don't see the Sooners getting beat on the boards.

Prediction: I'll take the Sooners, but this one will be pretty close.


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Game 7: No. 2 Kansas v. No. 7 Nebraska (6:00 p.m. ESPN Plus)

Probable Starting Lineups:

Kansas Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Mario Chalmers 6-1 190 G Jr. 12.1 3.0 4.5
Russell Robinson 6-1 205 G Sr. 7.8 3.0 4.2
Brandon Rush 6-6 210 F Jr. 12.3 5.0 2.1
Darnell Jackson 6-8 250 F Sr. 11.8 6.9 1.1
Darrell Arthur 6-9 225 F So. 13.4 6.1 0.8
Nebraska Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Cookie Mller 5-7 165 G Fr. 6.6 2.1 4.0
Steve Harley 5-11 170 G Jr. 9.2 2.6 1.6
Ade Dagunduro 6-5 190 G Jr. 8.3 3.7 1.6
Ryan Anderson 6-4 200 G So. 8.8 5.4 1.7
Aleks Maric 6-11 275 C Sr. 16.0 10.2 1.8

What I Think: I didn't think that Maric was going to be that big of a factor against Missouri, luckily for Kansas they have their own center who can match up with Maric in Kaun. And if Kaun doesn't work out then they also have Arthur and freshman Aldrich. The Jayhawks are just too deep and too talented to get beat here.

Prediction: The Jayhawks run away with this one.


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Game 8: No. 3 Kansas State v. No. 6 Texas A&M (8:20 p.m. ESPN Plus)

Probable Starting Lineups:

Kansas State Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Jacob Pullen 6-1 185 G Fr. 10.1 1.5 3.3
Blake Young 6-2 195 G Sr. 6.2 3.4 2.0
Bill Walker 6-6 220 F Fr. 16.0 6.5 1.8
Dominique Sutton 6-5 220 F Fr. 3.4 2.7 0.6
Michael Beasley 6-19 235 C Fr. 26.5 12.5 1.2
TAMU Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Dominique Kirk 6-4 185 G Sr. 8.1 3.5 3.5
Donald Sloan 6-3 205 G So. 9.9 3.9 3.1
Josh Carter 6-7 200 F Jr. 12.5 4.1 1.5
Joseph Jones 6-9 255 F Sr. 10.6 5.2 1.3
Bryan Davis 6-9 250 F So. 8.3 4.8 1.3

What I Think: With Sloan losing his mother and Jordan out sick, I just don't see how the Aggies have enough to beat K-State. Of course, if Carter and Kirk get hot, then all bets are off. On the K-State side, I'm interested to see how Beasley steps up in a big-time game, but even moreso, I'm interested to see what his teammates will do.

Prediction: I'll take the Cats tonight.