Kansas and Baylor enter home stretch in Big 12 title fight | Wire Ap
A preview of the upcoming weekend around the Big 12 Conference:
With just three weeks left in the Big 12 title race in the regular season, sixth-place Kansas suddenly finds itself with a two-game lead in the standings. Chasers are ninth-ranked Baylor and No. 11 Texas Tech, which just beat the Red Raiders on Wednesday night. All three have tough tasks Saturday as the Jayhawks (21-4, 10-2) visit West Virginia, the Bears (21-5, 9-4) take on TCU and the Red Raiders (20-6, 9 -4) head for No 20 Texas.
In Saturday’s other two games, Kansas State is trying to continue its late-season push to the NCAA Tournament with a trip to Oklahoma State, and Iowa State is trying to solidify its postseason hopes that quickly crumble against Oklahoma.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Iowa State senior Izaiah Brockington is doing everything he can to help the Cyclones, whose stunning 12-0 start is a long-lasting fond memory, stay in the hunt for the NCAA Tournament. The latest featured ride for the ex-St. Bonaventure, through guarding Penn State, earned a crucial 54-51 win over TCU as he had 20 points, seven boards and two assists.
IN THE NUMBERS
Kansas has won at least 21 games for the 33rd consecutive season, the longest active streak in the nation, which began with the 1989-90 season. The Jayhawks also won at least 10 league games for the 28th consecutive season. … Texas guard Andrew Jones was 8 of 14 from the field, 4 of 5 from beyond the arc and had seven rebounds in 43 minutes in an overtime win over Oklahoma on Tuesday night. … Baylor’s James Akinjo averaged 15 points and 7.5 assists with five steals in wins over Kansas State and Texas. … The Wildcats’ 15-point comeback win at Iowa State was the biggest road comeback in school history in the Big 12 era. … State’s guard from Oklahoma’s Isaac Likekele moved up to fifth on the schools’ career assists list with his 428th in a game against West Virginia.
ON THE WOMEN’S SIDE
Sixth-ranked Iowa State wraps up arguably the Big 12’s toughest back-to-back games this season when the Cyclones, after visiting No. 14 Texas on Tuesday night, host No. 15 Oklahoma on Saturday. … Emily Ryan set the Iowa State record and tied the Great 12 mark for a conference game with 17 assists on Feb. 12 at TCU. … Kansas has won six straight Big 12 games for the first time since 1997, and its 9-4 record so far represents the most conference wins for the Jayhawks since the 1999-2000 season. … Oklahoma’s Taylor Robertson is the only player to shoot at least 46 percent from beyond the arc while attempting at least eight per game since at least 1999-2000. …Kansas State forward Ayoka Lee is trying to join Baylor’s Brittney Griner as the only players to lead the Big 12 in scoring, field goal percentage and blocks during the same season. … Lauren Heard of the Horned Frogs is the eighth Division I player since 1999-2000 with at least 1,900 points, 750 rebounds, 500 assists and 250 steals in her career. Heard needs 84 points to hit 2,000 for his career.
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