Tuesday night’s Kansas-Iowa State rematch from the Jan. 17th ISU win in Ames was the featured game this week in the Big 12. With a win Kansas would not only avenge the team that put the only blemish on their conference record so far, but would also open up a two-game advantage in the conference standings. Mission accomplished, Jayhawks.
The Cyclones got out to an early lead but KU took control midway through the first half, led by as many as 19 in the second half and was never seriously threatened on the way to their 20th straight home win. Earlier in the week Kansas avoided an upset in Fort Worth by sliding past a scrappy TCU by three points and the Jayhawks also toppled in-state rival Kansas State at home for a 3-0 week.
At this point in the season there is no doubt that Kansas is, yet again, the 800-pound gorilla in the Big 12 conference.
A conference record was established on Wednesday as Oklahoma annihilated Texas Tech in Norman 81-36. TTU now holds the dubious distinction of having scored the lowest number of points ever in a Big 12 game.
Things got ugly in Morgantown on Saturday as Texas Tech freshman Norense Odiase was tossed for extracurricular activity with WVU’s Brandon Watkins. While the officials missed it, Watkins instigated the situation by making a double-barrel obscene gesture.
Baylor continued the downward spiral of Texas by hammering the Longhorns 83-60 in Waco. Expected to challenge Kansas for the conference regular season crown UT finds itself at 3-5 in the conference and searching for answers.
Oklahoma took down Oklahoma State in Stillwater and in doing so swept the Bedlam series over their in-state rival for the second consecutive season.
The Big 12 continues to lead the pack of conferences in average RPI. Below are the average conference RPI rankings for conferences with at least one team ranked in either the Associated Press or USA Today polls.
Big 12 48.80
Big East 56.40
Big Ten 65.86
PAC 12 78.92
Atlantic 10 113.93
West Coast 138.70
Missouri Valley 150.10
Key match-ups this coming week include a visit to Austin by the OSU Cowboys. Texas is running out of time to turn things around and finds itself in practically a must-win situation. Baylor travels to Morgantown to face “Press Virginia” in a game that could determine whether the Mountaineers remain in the hunt for the conference title. Iowa State and Oklahoma will square off in Norman on Monday on ESPN in another contest that could have a significant bearing on the final conference standings.