Sunday, February 24, 2008
Thank You Baylor, Oklahoma State....
With Baylor beating Kansas State and Oklahoma State upsetting Kansas, Texas sits very firmly atop the Big 12 Standings.
Big 12 Standings:
Texas 10-2 (23-4)
Kansas 9-3 (24-3)
Kansas State 8-4 (18-8)
Texas A&M 6-6 (20-7)
Texas is now 2 games ahead of the Kansas State Wildcats, who the Longhorns play on ESPN this Monday. Obviously Rick Barnes is not thinking this way, but Texas can still remain on top of the Big 12, even if they don't get out of Manhattan, KS with a victory. And it is now even more clear that Kansas State is not so much of a team as a two man, super duo, as Michael Beasley (44) and Bill Walker (31) scored 75 of K State's 86 points against the Bears.
Kansas also took a tumble, courtesy of Byron Eaton and OK State, as the Cowboys pulled off the biggest upset thus far in the Big 12 season. Kansas was, again, done in by their lack of outside shooting (2-11 from three) and a missing go to scorer and leader. While Kansas may be the most talented team in the country, they seem to be suffering from a lack of offensive leadership, as they do not have a "go to" scorer that they can consistently count on. Much like the Texas loss, Kansas was forced into a last second shot, to win the game. And much as before, it seemed that no one wanted to take the final shot.
Taking a look at Texas' upcoming schedule, they are all winnable.
Mon. @ Kansas State
Mar 1 @ Texas Tech
Mar 4 Nebraska
Mar 9 Oklahoma State
The Wildcats are still a tough matchup in Manhattan and Nebraska and OK State have played better of late. But there is no reason that Texas cannot win all of these games and take the Big 12 title out right. At the very least Texas can still go 3-1 and at worst share the title if Kansas can go undefeated the remainder of the season.