Basketball

Big 12 Takeaways (Jan 11)

(AP Photo/Jerry Larson)

Tuesday night was an entertaining one around the Big 12. Multiple big games were played on Tuesday night, and below are some takeaways from those games.

NEW TOP DOG?

After upsetting Kansas on Saturday without star Kevin McCullar, Texas Tech got him back for Tuesday’s game against Baylor. McCullar came in clutch scoring 12 points and playing 31 minutes off the bench for the Red Raiders. Despite this, Baylor was in control for most of the first half. The Bears led 31-16 at the 6:13 mark in the first half. On the brink of getting blown out, Texas Tech made a 10-0 run to close the half. The second half was largely a back-and-forth battle. With 1:21 left, Adonis Arms drove hard and flushed down a powerful dunk that put away the game. With this win, Texas Tech has cemented itself at the top of the Big 12.

FEAR THE PHOG

(Jay Biggerstaff/USA TODAY Sports)

Following a tough road loss to Texas Tech, the Kansas Jayhawks returned to the comfort of Allen Fieldhouse to play the Iowa State Cyclones. With David McCormack struggling, head coach Bill Self decided to play small ball against Iowa State. Without Remy Martin available, Self needed someone other than Ochai Agabji and Christian Braun to step up. Dajuan Harris Jr. took this opportunity and played big minutes for coach Self. Although he only averages 5 points and 27 minutes per game, Harris played 36 minutes and scored 12 points. Kansas and Iowa State went back and forth all night, with no team leading by more than 7 points in the second half. With the game on the line, Harris Jr. drove to the rim and scored the game-winning layup.

BOUNCE BACK WIN

Needing a bounce-back win after a loss against Oklahoma State, the Longhorns faced off against rival Oklahoma. Tuesday night’s Red River Rivalry was never really in question as the Longhorns led by 11 points at the 5:08 mark in the first half, and never let the lead get below double digits again. The final score was 66-52, with the Longhorns improving to 3-1 in conference play. Veteran guard Andrew Jones led the Longhorns with 22 points and 4 steals.

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COUNTRY ROADS

After a down-to-the-wire win against Kansas State in Morgantown, West Virginia finished off their two-game homestand against Oklahoma State. West Virginia took a lead on a three-pointer by Taz Sherman with 9:52 left to go in the first half and never looked back. Jalen Bridges led the way for the Mountaineers with 22 points.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

With back-to-back wins over both Kansas and Baylor, Texas Tech might very well be the best team in the Big 12.

Kansas is still tough to beat at Allen Fieldhouse. Even when things aren’t going well for the Jayhawks, they still find ways to win.

Baylor lost for the first time since losing to Oklahoma State last year in the Big 12 Tournament.

After starting 12-0 in non-conference play, Iowa State has dropped 3 of their last 4 games. Iowa State will look to break out of their slump this weekend against Texas.

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