Friday, February 22, 2008

Big XII Weekend Capsule: Week 7 (Abridged Edition)

The midweek games provided no shortage of excitement in the Big XII, as Texas returned the favor on Texas A&M with a big 27 point win in Austin. Then in a NCAA bubble matchup, Oklahoma successfully completed the season sweep of Baylor with a 92-91 OT win. The big surprise on Wednesday was Nebraska's win over Kansas State, who has been anything but stellar as of late.

Iowa State (14-12) (4-7) at Texas Tech (14-11) (5-6)
- Outside of a miracle shot from David Godbold, Texas Tech has been perfect at home this season. Look for their perimeter play and hot three point shooting of late to be too much for Iowa State and their inside attack led by Jiri Hubalek.

Prediction: Texas Tech 74, Iowa State 69

Oklahoma (18-8) (6-5) at #7 Texas (22-4) (9-2)
- Oklahoma has won three straight behind improved perimeter play and Blake Griffin. Griffin will cause fits for the Texas front line, but DJ Augustin and the Longhorns are playing great defense and are spreading the ball around on offense.

Prediction: #7 Texas 78, Oklahoma 70

#5 Kansas (24-2) (9-2) at Oklahoma State (13-12) (4-7)
- Kansas rebounded nicely from their game against Texas with a win over Colorado. Oklahoma State doesn't have enough offensive firepower to hang with the Jayhawks. The Cowboys will try to slow it down and keep it close, but not for that long.

Prediction: #5 Kansas 75, Oklahoma State 63

Nebraska (15-9) (4-7) at #22 Texas A&M (20-6) (6-5)
- Nebraska is coming off a great upset win over Kansas State, but Aleks Maric will have his hands full against a physical front line in College Station. Nebraska would need to win this game with their guards, and there in lies the problem.

Prediction: #22 Texas A&M 61, Nebraska 53

Colorado (10-15) (2-9) at Missouri (14-12) (4-7)
- Colorado hasn't been close in the last few tries and Missouri actually has a chance at the NIT. Colorado also just had to dismissed Xavier Silas, a starting guard. If Missouri can pressure and up the pace and get the ball inside, they shouldn't have any problems.

Prediction: Missouri 71, Colorado 59

#25 Kansas State (18-7) (8-3) at Baylor (17-8) (5-6)
- Baylor needs to stop the bleeding desperately. But considering they don't play defense, their front court is weak, and the Wildcats boast possibly the most talented front court tandem in the country, they didn't pick the best game to try to stop the bleeding. Kansas State hasn't played great basketball for the last week or two though.

Prediction: #25 Kansas State 89, Baylor 84

Last Week: 4-2
Overall: 27-9

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