Mountaineer fans, time to wake up and make your coffee extra strong this Friday. The Mountaineers are back in Morgantown hopefully getting some much-needed rest and relaxation. While West Virginia may be out of the conference tournament, the show goes on.
Game 7: No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 5 Oklahoma State | 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2
Game 8: No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 3 Texas | 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2
Baylor vs. Oklahoma State:
Ethan Bock: After yesterday’s games, it hard to not pick Oklahoma State just for the good story. Mike Boynton is an amazing and likeable coach; he’s built a great team around the eventual No. 1 NBA draft pick Cade Cunningham. The Cowboys struggled a little bit against WVU in the first half, but they were able to escape with the win. Baylor, on the other hand, struggled to run away from Kansas State. Baylor is still the second-best team in the country, but I have to go with Oklahoma State in this one. I expect Cunningham, Isaac Likekele and Avery Anderson to have great games.
OSU – 78 BU – 75
Ashley O’Brien: At one point yesterday, I had convinced myself that Kansas State was going to beat Baylor and the path to Saturday would have been “so simple” for the Mountaineers HAD they won. Ask Ethan about those nonsensical texts. The early game in Kansas City arguably brings the most entertainment as we could be watching two teams with Final Four potential going up against one another. At this point, I’m all in on true March madness, and am hoping Oklahoma State overtakes Baylor in the last few minutes of tonight’s game.
OSU — 73 BU –71
Kansas vs. Texas:
Ethan Bock: Kansas proved me wrong yesterday, taking care of Oklahoma without David McCormack, so it’s only fitting that I side with them against Texas. I can’t figure out what Texas is as a team. You’re either going to get a top 5 team in the country, or you’re going to get the seventh best team in the Big 12. I’m going to take the safe bet and go with Bill Self and the Jayhawks. Ochai Agbaji is a beast, by the way!
KU – 71 UT – 65
Ashley O’Brien: After West Virginia’s loss yesterday, this is one game I’m just not looking forward to watching. Kansas knows all too well what it feels like to wake up on Championship Saturday in Kansas City for an arena full of “Rock Chalk” chants. This week has been truly a trying week for Kansas athletics and as things are slowly imploding, Bill Self is somehow still standing despite that awkward 2019 basketball season starting event (I’m still baffled). Regardless of all of that, Texas basketball has been trending up all season and Kansas is really playing well without David McCormack. This is one of those head-scratching games were Kansas fans aren’t really sure what happen. I think Texas makes enough big plays to send Kansas back to Lawrence.
UT — 81 KU — 77