Big 12 Men’s Basketball Saturday Recap: Down to the Wire

Saturday’s games brought a lot of tension as well as some Top 10 upsets. Four of the games were settled by a combined nine points. Game 5 featured two seeded teams and was tight until the very end despite the final ten-point differential.

Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State in this year’s second Bedlam by four points. Iowa State went to the Little Apple and squealed with a one-point win. If West Virginia’s last-second jumper had come in, they would have been upset by Texas. And TCU came from behind and beat Texas Tech by three points.

Here’s a recap of Saturday’s Big 12 games:

Oklahoma (15-14, 5-11) vs. Oklahoma State (13-15, 6-10)

Oklahoma wins 66-62 OT

Oklahoma had a 14-point lead in this game early in the second period. The Pokes continued to eat away at that lead for the rest of the game. A 3 points by Walker Washer brought OSU within two points with 0:46.5 remaining. Moussa Cissé then tied the game with 0:07.9 remaining. The Sooners had a chance to win but missed, sending the game to OT. Oklahoma took the final lead in overtime with 0:31.3 remaining.

Four of the Sooners starters plus a bench player all scored in double digits – Tanner Groves (14), Jordan Gold Thread (13), Umoja Gibson (13), Jacob Bosquets (10), and Marvin Johnson (10 on the bench). For USO, Avery AndersonIII had 25 points and Cissé added 12 coming off the bench.

Next : Oklahoma hosts West Virginia on Tuesday. Oklahoma State travels to Iowa State on Wednesday.

Kansas State (14-14, 6-10) vs. Iowa State (20-9, 7-9)

Iowa State wins 74-73

It was the fourth straight win for Iowa State. They had a 37-35 lead at halftime. KSU tied the game early in the second half before Iowa State went on a 16-2 run and a 15-point lead with 12 minutes left. The Wildcats then had a 12-0 lead with two straight three-pointers reducing the deficit to three points. Iowa State held off the rally and took the win.

Caleb Grill was the Cyclones’ leading scorer, with 18 points. Izaiah Brockington added 17, and Tyrese Hunter added another 13. For the Wildcats, Pack Nijel had an incredible 32 points. Markquis Howell added 16, and Mark Smith was 12.

Next : Kansas State plays Texas Tech on Monday. Iowa State hosts Oklahoma State on Wednesday.

West Virginia (14-15, 3-13) vs. #20 Texas (21-8, 10-6)

Texas wins 82-81

Cari Malik had a jumper at the top of the key with nine seconds to go, which would have put the climbers ahead but missed. Timmy Allen was fouled but missed both free throws, giving West Virginia one last chance, but they couldn’t shoot before the buzzer.

West Virginia has now lost six straight and 13 of its last 14 after starting 12-1 for the season. Curry was their top scorer with 27, and Taz Sherman added 13. For Texas, Allen led the way with 26. Marcus Carr was 14, and Jase Febres came off the bench to score 14.

Next : Texas hosts Baylor on Monday. West Virginia plays Oklahoma on Tuesday.

TCU (18-9, 7-8) vs. #9 Texas Tech (22-7, 11-5)

TCU wins 69-66

It was one of the biggest wins of the Jamie Dixon era. In a must-have game to keep their post-season dreams alive, the Horned Frogs came from behind against the No. 9 Red Raiders to take a late lead and hold the very last half of the game. For a full recap of the game, click here.

following: TCU hosts Kansas on Tuesday then plays Kansas on Thursday. Texas Tech hosts Kansas State on Monday.

#10 Baylor (24-5, 12-4) vs. #5 Kansas (23-5, 12-3)

Baylor wins 80-70

It was the only game of the day that featured two Top 10 matches against each other. So, one in the Top 10 would lose. It ended up being a historic day with seven of the top 10 down. Baylor was one of those who escaped the losing column. Baylor is one game away from winning the regular season championship with a week to go with the win.

Baylor had four players scoring in double figures – Flo Thamba (18), Jeremy Sochan (17 off the bench), Adam Flagler (13) and James Akinjo (12). Kansas had three double-digit players – Ochai Agbaji (27), Christian Braun (17) and David McCormack.

Next : Baylor plays Austin on Monday. Kansas plays TCU on Tuesday and then hosts TCU on Thursday.


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